2018 Ben Campbell Classic Wrap Up

2018 Ben Campbell Classic Wrap Up

2018 Ben Campbell Classic Wrap Up

It’s a wrap on the Ben Campbell Classic for another year, after moving to our backup dates we final got the tournament underway. Boats and crews tested their skills in conditions that were not perfect, but manageable to produce some excellent fish numbers as some boats demonstrated their superior fishing skills. In total there were 118 Strikes for 87 Hookups which resulted in 57 fish. 48 Black Marlin, 1 Sailfish and 2 Striped Marlin were eventually tagged with 3 Mahi Mahi and 3 Wahoo also going the 8kg line class. Official Results Were: Champion Team Overall – Reel Capture Champion Angler Overall – Channon Arbuthnot Champion Angler Runner Up – Brett Barton Champion Male Angler Light Tackle – Channon Arbuthnot Champion Male Angler Heavy Tackle – Brett Barton Champion Female Angler Heavy Tackle – Wendy Pendrick Champion Junior Angler – Bryce Bartleson Champion Junior Angler Runner Up – Ben Massurit Champion Angler Other Species – Ryan Parry Champion Boat 7m & Under – Preposterous Runner Up Boat 7m & Under – AThrill Champion Boat Over 7m – Reel Capture Runner Up Boat Over 7m –...

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Mooloolaba Game Fishing Clubs Billfish Babes – 2018

The fifth annual Billfish Babes Tournament was a highly anticipated event for the women of South East Queensland. The second largest of its kind, 28 keen fishing women descended on the Sunshine Coast to participate in the Ladies Only Game Fishing Shootout hosted by Mooloolaba Game Fishing Club. As if by magic, the wind dropped out just long enough for the ladies to go out for their day of fishing in glamour conditions. With 36 strikes, 23 hookups and 10 fish caught there was plenty of excitement for the girls who were fishing across 10 boats. By the end of the day, 6 Black Marlin were tagged and released along with a sole Sailfish. 3 Mahi Mahi were also brought in to weigh. Kelly O’Donnell, a Mooloolaba Game Fishing Club member who tagged a black and weighed in with a 10kg Mahi Mahi, was dubbed Champion Senior Angler. Moreton Bay Game Fishing Club boat, Black Habits took out the comp after the Babes on board tagged a Sailfish within the first half hour of the tournament. They cemented their win when they tagged a Black Marling later that morning. Billfish Babes is a one-day shootout which also includes a fancy dress boat parade and an exhilarating shotgun start. All Babes, both seniors and juniors, are encouraged to participate and try their hand at this amazing...

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Gold Coast Garmin Light Tackle Masters 2018

Garmin Light Tackle Masters 2018 Well what a weekend was had at the Garmin Light Tackle Masters 2018. The weather challenged us with varied sea conditions, the fish hung around and turned it on on Sunday. We enjoyed the prestigious venue of Southport Yacht Club and had some great entertainment on Saturday night with our pirate theme. With fishing reports the week before it was set to be an awesome tournament for the 25 boats and 83 anglers entered with large numbers of Black Marlin. It started off slow on Day 1 with 13 tagged Black Marlin. Day 2 which saw the worst of the weather and a few early retirements with only 10 tags while Day 3 really fired up and ended on a high with 26 tagged Black Marlin. The last day saw results change from sked to sked with an outstanding effort from the team on Mufasa tagging a total of 8 Black Marlin and 2 Mahi Mahi taking out Champion Boat Tag and Release. Five of these to Rhys Jackson who took out Champion Male Angler. Champion Female was won for the second year in a row by Pam Hart on Viking II. Pam beating last years effort tagging 5 Black Marlin and 2 Mahi Mahi. The Tournament saw a total of 13 Junior Angler entered battling for an awesome prize – 3m Tinny and motor donated by Brisbane Marine. Blake Brown on Adios the recipient taking out Champion Junior Angler with 2 tagged Mahi Mahi and his first ever Black Marlin. Hotly contended by the Special K junior crew. The Juniors came out tops with Sam Capel on Nga Hua taking out Champion Angler Other Species tagged and Riley Dunbar on Just Lookin the Heaviest Other Species with a Mahi Mahi weighing 9.7kg. Female Angler Kira Newton on Grinner tagged a Sailfish and became the envy of many fellow anglers. Presentation saw the awards of an amazing pool of revered prizes from our major sponsor Garmin....

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Successfully Satellite tagged juvenile black Marlin

The picture below shows the result of a successfully tagged juvenile black Marlin that was estimated to be 8kg and 110cm at the time of capture and tagging. It was caught by TGFC boat Kiama on 6 August 2017. The tagged stayed successfully attached for 90 days. The tag is still yet to be recovered for the remainder of the data to be collated....

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19th Annual Hervey Bay Game Fishing Club Classic Game Fishing Tournament 

19th Annual Hervey Bay Game Fishing Club’s CLASSIC GAME FISHING TOURNAMENT                    16th – 19th November, 2017    As usual the Hervey Bay Game Fishing Club’s Committee worked very hard in securing a Tournament Base with facilities to enhance the Bay’s reputation for Hosting excellent sporting events in pristine surroundings. They decided to Honour Albert and Pauline Threadingham for their untiring efforts on behalf of the Club by dedicating this Tournament to them. The Briefing included notable personel from Marine Rescue Hervey Bay, Fish and Fauna on speed limits in the Turtle protection zones , Reef fin fish spawning season and no take season and even the Police showed their welcome presence and were on patrol in the Tournament Anchorage area. Add to that the enormity of staging the actual event with a Base at Rooneys Point in one of the most pristine of all areas along our coast in Queensland, where the Teams are comfortably and easily brought to the most accommodating “Mothership” for food and accommodation, if you are fortunate enough to get more than deck space to sleep on! I’ve never seen anyone unhappy with anything and that includes the Crew ! The only unhappy person ever seen is the bloke that announces to the Angler that his gear doesn’t comply. It must be boring to listen to how the Leader or double line can’t be longer than their maximum allowable length within the maximum combined maximum length… 39 Teams decided to Enter and on Day One it was established that 2 Teams were happy to use light tackle of 8 kg only and fish in the “Inside” Tournament Zone while the other 37 Teams fished a combination of Tackle categories from 15, 24, 37 and 60 Kg in the “Outside” Tournament Zone and were also free to use light tackle of 8 kg until the depth reaches 100 meters. Very exciting and to use the Heavy Tackle, all Boats had to cross the Great Sandy Cape Bar in several available locations by registering with VMR466 Marine Rescue Hervey Bay on VHF channel # 22  to cross East/ West and West/ East on each occasion and what a great...

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