On the 50th year anniversary of the Gold Coast Game Fishing Club, the Garmin light tackle masters held on the 11th and 12th of January saw 26 boats take part. After weeks of great weather, the tournament saw a cold southerly developing and everyone watching every wind app they could for comparisons.
Friday night briefing went off without a hitch and the Calcutta saw French look had some clear III and Viking II as clear favorites to take out the comp.
All boats and crew where notified that we had been asked to take part in some special research and we had Clarisse and Russell from the University of Queensland also get involved for the day, doing some research on parasitic worms in Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and Mackerel for their PHD’s. They addended at the end of day 1 to extract the worms themselves from the boats that brought specimens in. It was great testament to the Club and entrants to lend a hand to scientific research.
Conditions Saturday morning saw 10-15knt winds and by the 9am sked there where already 6 black marlin tagged and released, 1 x wahoo and 2 x Mahi Mahi.
11am sked Saturday saw another 6 tagged and released billfish and 1 Mahi Mahi, and there was a clear congregation of the fleet around Spot X with most boats opting for live baiting and drifting. In addition to the fleet the spot was also producing a lot of activity from the tax man, with hook up and after hook up reporting sharks.
The weather for the Sunday had been upgraded with a strong wind warning being issued, resulting in the committee calling off fishing Sunday, and we now had a one day shoot out on our hands.
Congratulations to all the entered in which can only be descripted and trying conditions.
|1st||French Look III||20010|
Other Point Scoring Boats:
Champion Boat OVER 8M
|1||French Look III||GCGFC||20010|
Champion Boat UNDER 8M
Champion Angler Female
|Position||Angler’s Name||Boat Name||Club||Score|
|Other Point Scoring Female Anglers|
|Alisa Schofield||Hot Deal||GCGFC||10000|
|Pam Hart||Viking II||GCGFC||10000|
Champion Angler Female Junior
Champion Angler Male Junior
Other Point Scoring Junior Anglers
|Liam Burt||Team Tackleworld||GCGFC||20|
Champion Angler Male
Other Point Scoring Male Anglers
|Corey Donnelly||French Look III||GCGFC||10010|
|Ryan Henkey||Sea Eagle||GCGFC||10000|
|Steve McQuire||French Look III||NPSGFC||10000|
Champion Angler Other Species Heaviest Fish
Champion Angler Other Species Most Tagged & Release
|1||Liam Burt||Team Tackleworld||GCGFC||20|
Other Point Scoring Anglers
First Billfish Day 1
Last Billfish Day 2
|Steve Maguire||French Look III||NCGFC||1457|