TGFC Billfish Challenge

TGFC Billfish Challenge

TGFC Billfish Challenge

Just wrapped up the TGFC Billfish Challenge.  Fishing was slow but everything else made that easily forgettable, and the weather was glamorous. This year’s change to be run out of HorseshoeBay was a major and during and after the event, every single boat had nothing but positives to say. There were only 11 fish tagged from 30+ seen. After Day 1 there was only 1 Sailfish tagged by ‘The Chapel’. Day 2 saw a hot bite period (compared to what had already been seen) between 12-3pm and 5 quick tags were recorded including another 1 from ‘The Chapel’ keeping them clear of the pack on 2, with 4 other boats on 1. A shortened Day 3 meant every single boat was in the hunt still and it was anyone’s to take away! But when ‘The Chapel’ called in a successful tagging of a double header of Sailfish just before lunch they just about had it all sewn up with the fishing still relatively quiet. 3 new boats hit the scoreboard on Day 3 with 1 tag each.  A hugely successful event has made nearly certain that everyone will be back again next year,      a light tackle Billfish tournament based out of the ‘Marlin Bar’ in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island was a big hit and the atmosphere throughout the whole event was electric. Full winners list – Champion Team – ‘The Chapel’ Champion Skipper – Ray Chappell Champion Male Angler – Jarrad Agst (The Chapel) Runner Up Male Angler – Tom Massurit (The Chapel) Champion Female Anger – Maryanne Sheens (Contagious) Runner Up Team – ‘Nautical Blue’ Champion Boat Under 7.5m – ‘Rod Rage’   Attached is photos of the winning boat and team. Sailfish tagged during the event by eventual winners ‘The Chapel’ – phot credit Jarrad Agst And a Marlin tagged and released on Day 2 by Josh Kraut on ‘Nautical Blue’...

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QGFA TROPHY WINNERS – 2017-18

QGFA TROPHY WINNERS – 2017-18 ALL PORTS INTERCLUB TROPHIES:  DONATED BY BRIAN (SPIKE) KIRKBY   CHAMPION JUNIOR – ROUND 1        –           BRYCE BARTLESON – SCGFC  – 9000 Pts   CHAMPION JUNIOR – ROUND 2        –           BRYCE BARTLESON – SCGFC  – 7350 Pts   CHAMPION CLUB –    ZONE 1                        –           WEIPA BILLFISH CLUB – 3100 Pts   ZONE 2                        –           TOWNSVILLE GFC – 13950 Pts   ZONE 3                        –           SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 75725 Pts   ZONE 4                        –           NOT CONTESTED   CHAMPION MALE ANGLER –             DARRYL LUND – SUNNSHINE COAST GFC – 5250 Pts   CHAMPION FEMALE ANGLER – DEE COX – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 9450 Pts   CHAMPION ANGLER OVERALL – DEE COX – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 9450 Pts   CHAMPION BOAT OVERALL – POLE DANCER – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 20850 Pts   CHAMPION CLUB OVERALL – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 75725 Pts   OTHER QGFA PERPETUAL TROPHIES:   JUNIOR ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD – DONATED BY BRIAN (SPIKE) KIRKBY WINNER – HARRISON BILLING – MORETON BAY GFC   CHAMPION JUNIOR T & R OVERALL – DONATED BY PETER PAKULA WINNER – BRYCE BARTLESON – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 35050 Pts   CHAMPION ANGLER T & R OTHER SPECIES OVERALL – (Excluding Billfish) DONATED BY DAWN EARLE WINNER – GAVEN ROBERTS – WEIPA BILLFISH CLUB – 3750 Pts     CHAMPION BOAT  T & R ALL SPECIES OVERALL – DONATED BY DAWN EARLE WINNER – POLE DANCER – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 129000 Pts   CHAMPION ANGLER T & R ALL SPECIES OVERALL – DONATED BY DAWN EARLE WINNER – CHANNON ARBUTHNOT – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 48750 Pts   CHAMPION CLUB T & R OVERALL – DONATED BY COLIN EARLE WINNER – SUNSHINE COAST GFC – 547925 POINTS...

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Mooloolaba – Garmin Billfish Bonanza 2018

The 26th Annual Billfish Bonanza hosted by the Mooloolaba Game Fishing Club was held mid-April from the Mooloolaba Yacht Club at the Wharf Mooloolaba. The light tackle bite off the Sunshine Coast has been unbelievable the past few months and because of that 16 boats from seven different Game Fishing Clubs and 50 keen anglers ventured off Mooloolaba in search of Billfish. Average weather conditions were forecasted for Saturday so the bulk of the fleet decided to fish the light tackle grounds. The bite was slow at first but by mid-morning the fish had started to fire. By the second sked 5 Back Marlin and a Sailfish had been tagged with other boats still hooked up.  Two Under 7 meter boats remained hooked up for over two and a half hours on fish as the conditions made the battle challenging. By days end 8 Black Marlin and 2 Sailfish had been tagged.  Sunday saw the conditions deteriorate with a handful of boats retiring early.  Persistence paid off for ‘’Release’’ scoring a Billfish and a weigh-able Wahoo on 8kg which gave them the overall win. Peter Mintzas aboard ‘’Deep Blue’’ tagged a late Black Marlin to win the Champion Male and Light Tackle angler while Sarah Postan fishing on ‘’Reel Lady’’ took out Champion Female and Other Species with a 12.15kg Mahi Mahi. Bryce Bartleson scored 2 tagged Billfish on ‘’Pole Dancer’’ which saw him take out Champion Junior. The presentation on Sunday night was a fantastic event, enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you to all our sponsors and everyone who supported the Garmin Billfish Bonanza...

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2018 Little Ship Game Fish Club Garmin Classic & Nautilus Marine Insurance Interclub Shield.

In total we had 18 vessels entered and 55 anglers participating in both sections. In the gamefish section, 11 Vessels and 34 anglers entered. Weather Friday was pretty ordinary, with some vessels deciding not to attempt to cross South Passage bar due to the poor conditions. There were 21 Strikes, 14 hook-ups and 7 tags recorded, 2 blue marlin, 1 black marlin tagged, a Spanish and a Yellowfin and 2 Mac Tuna. In the reef section a number of snapper, spanish mackerel and jewfish were recorded. On Day Two the breeze did not come in early as expected, which affected the fishing to some degree, although the reef guys had a great time, some fishing in the bay and others heading offshore. Grassy sweetlip, Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel and Pearl Perch were all measured. On the gamefish side, the totals came in at 11-7-3, 1 Blue marlin was tagged and released along with a Wahoo and Dolphinfish. Gamefish results, 32 Strikes, 21 Hookups, 10 Tags, 3 Blue Marlin, 1 Black Marlin, 1 Wahoo, 1 Dolphinfish, 1 Spanish, 1 Yellowfin Tina and 2 Mac Tuna   RESULTS: GARMIN Reef Rumble:   Champion Team Snapper: Predator Champion Team Grassy Sweetlip: Garmin Bottom Bashers Champion Team Spangled Emperor: Spanyid Champion Team Pearl Perch: Suzuki Double or Nothing Champion Team Yellowtail Kingfish: Spanyid Champion Team Amberjack: Sea Hawk Champion Team Jewfish: Spanyid Champion Team Spanish Mackerel: Spanyid Fish of the Tournament: Champion Junior: Jacob Mirosch Champion Senior: Richard Love Champion Cruisecraft: Predator Champion Reef Rumble Boat Overall: Suzuki Double or Nothing   Garmin Gamefish Classic:   Highest Points Day 1: Black Habit, Shannon Zammit. Day 2 Wellcraft, Peter Watts Runner-up Male: Peter Watts, Wellcraft Champion Angler Heavy Tackle: Shannon Zammit Champion Riviera Boat: Site Office Champion Cruisecraft Boat: Predator Champion Vessel Over 8m: Site Office Champion Junior Angler: Brea Thomsen Champion Female Angler: Amy Richards, Site Office Champion Male and Overall Champion: Shannon Zammit   CHAMPION TEAM NAUTILUS MARINE INSURANCE INTERCLUB SHIELD Black Habit Moreton Bay Game Fish...

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Brisbane Marine Tag & Brag Marlin Extravaganza – Newport Game Fish Club

The Newport Game Fish Club ran its inaugural fishing tournament, the ‘Brisbane Marine Tag & Brag Marlin Extravaganza’ on the weekend of 17-18 March.  The weather was a bit ordinary on the back of a cyclone that appeared – and disappeared just as quickly – and this ultimately hindered entrants for the tournament.  None-the-less, the new club still managed to field 22 boats with 98 anglers on a hunt for the great cash prizes and bronze trophies that were on offer. Conditions on the Saturday were below par, with the weather bureau not getting it right entirely and fishing was not so fast.  However by the end of the day the fleet had scratched up a good tally with fourteen marlin tagged, consisting of Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sailfish. Over the course of two days there were a total of 46 fish tagged, with Blacks, Blues, Stripes and Sailfish all hitting the score board in multiple numbers. Probably the highlight of the fishing weekend was hearing the boat ‘Incognito’ over the radio on a quadruple sailfish hook-up…nothing out of the ordinary for a tournament, except for the fact that it was Bevan Barnes, and he and his 8 year old son were the only crew on board.  Despite the fact they were two up, and with extremely sloppy weather, they managed to tag the first two fish.  Young Tyler got his Sailfish first, and then drove the boat, videoed and tagged his father’s fish.  Way to go – and certainly a deserving win – with Tyler ending up Champion Junior for the weekend. The Newport format proved exciting for all involved, as it was mandatory for all tagged fish to be videoed for the tag and the release, so the club now has a wealth of video that it will release in edited video as promotions for its next event. One patch of water at Never Fail held plenty of Blue Marlin, with team Seahawk picking up two at this spot.  The area was full of flying fish and dolphins, and they were surprised to find an entire family of dolphins stop and watch the safe release of one of the Blues – something they were lucky enough...

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