The Hastings Deering Weipa Billfish 10th anniversary Tournament ended last night with our presentation evening at the Weipa Bowls Club. The tournament was in doubt a few days prior to Saturday’s start with weather warnings being issued for the weekend. Luckily the warnings were dropped Friday afternoon and a delayed 11 am start saw 14 boats start fishing in very average conditions. Only 1 fish was tagged the first day, a Sail by Renee Nae Mather on “Outta Beer”. Sundays weather was a lot better and boats travelled far and wide. The crew on “Happy Days” were first on the board with a double on the Sails to Darryl French and Brittany Louise with Tony Katsaros on “Screamer” tagging a fish not long after. The afternoon bite saw “Screamer” tag another fish, “Happy Days another 2 and “Outta Beer” another 3 to put them in front on countback for the Day. Monday saw a lot of the fleet converge on the bite areas of the previous day. Junior, Emmi Roberts on “Happy Ours” got the day started with a micro Black Marlin. They then went on to tag 3 more Sails. Two more for Emmi and a Birthday fish for Andrea Kennedy. “Screamer”, Outta Beer” and Mark Bowlen on “Who’s your Daddy” added a fish each to their tally’s and “Happy Days” added 3 to thiers. Quite a few boats also hooked and lost fish during the final day also.
The final stats for the Tournament were
20 tags spread between
1 Black Marlin and 19 Sailfish.
Congratulations to all those who participated in the tournament in some very trying conditions at times.
A big thank you to Jake, Steve and Lisa from
Weipa Houseboats for looking after everyone in Boyd’s Bay.
A huge shout out to Hastings Deering for coming on board as our major sponsor this year and to all our other sponsors who have helped to make this year’s tournament another great success.
Weipa Bowls Club
Tackle World Weipa
Western Cape Real Estate Weipa
Sunshine Mitre 10 Weipa
Queensland Country Credit Union
Weipa Auto & Marine
Weipa Furniture and Electrical
Cape & Torres News
Albatross Bay Resort
Aussie Campfire Kitchens
Weipa Taxi Service
ACM Custom Rods
A little Personal
Hog Dogs and Quads
Presentation night photos to come.