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From Sam Lythgo a quick wrap up from yesterday’s ANZAC Day Shield.

Lest we forget.

Great conditions greeted a small but willing fleet for the annual ANZAC Shield. Plenty of fish seen with some solid blues caught and lost. Everwilling won with 2 blues with most boats catching at least one. Brilliant Company finished the day 7-5-3 with a late one to top off the day after cease fishing.


Great to hear of the blues in numbers again. Brilliant Company’s fish all went to first time blue marlin anglers. And Matt Caelli sent me the above pic from on Jugs who were also on two blues on countback. Matt said that they ended up 2 from 3 with a number of fish around — he heard of boats getting as many as 8 bites!  Barry Alty’s Mistress has also been on the fish. They went 4-4-2 Saturday following up from the previous day’s 6-5-2.

The ANZAC Day Shield is an annual event on the Gold Coast and a fantastic day on the water with donations going to Legacy.

Mooloolaba GFC’s is also being held this weekend and there sounds like a few blues and blacks up there as well. Hopefully report to come.

Fishlife Mag

Official results from the Little Audrey Peter Goadby Memorial Tournament held over the weekend in another weather affected comp (Sunday cancelled):
1. Champion Boat T&R – Dealne 3 marlin
2. Runner-Up T&R – Little Audrey 1 marlin
3. Third Place T&R – Taniuii
4. Fourth Place T&R – Sirocco
Champion lady Angler – Claire Graham
Junior – Scooter Kerstin
1. Champion Boat Capture – Tantrum
2. Runner Capture – Pelagic
Heaviest marlin – Tantrum 236.6kg on 15kg (Pending AUS Female record)
Champion lady – Alex Nuttall
Heaviest Tuna – Pelagic 40.1kg

It was another win for the World Offshore Championships last week with yet another tournament billfish record beaten for the second year running.

Day 2’s fishing results set a new single day tournament record of 942 with 940 sailfish, 1 black marlin and 1 striped marlin being released.  Last year the 2014 event beat the the world record of tournament billfish releases with 2,314 (mostly sails) released in just three days of fishing.

Overall, 2840 billfish were released for the event this year among 67 teams and 317 anglers.

Australia was represented by five teams.  The WA team representing the  35th Annual Blue Marlin Classic were the top placed Aussie team in 26th place with a total of 47 billfish in 4 days.  Next were the Sunshine Coast team representing the Sunshine Coast Classic in 29th place (photo from Lachlan Tuckwell of one of their double hookups).  And the Cairns BlueWater Billfish Tournament team (team Bounty Hunter) had a fantastic Day 4 which saw them in 3rd place on countback for the day, to put them in 55th place overall with 32 tags and lastly, another WA team representing the Shimano West Australian open took 56th place with 30 tags.


Closer to home, the weather postponed Sydney GFC Peter Goadby Classic was held over the weekend – results to come. A significant capture on Day 1 went to Alex Nuttall fishing on Syndey GFC’s Tantrum and weighed a pending Australian Women’s Record blue marlin at 236.3kg (520lb) on 15kg (30lb).  Congrats and well done Alex and the rest of the team!

Once again the Offshore World Championships are underway in Costa Rica and Australia is again well represented – and after only the first day’s fishing, well represented on the leaderboard as well.

On Day 1, 67 teams and 318 anglers accounted for 821 billfish (mostly sailfish with 6 blue marlin and 1 black marlin thrown into the mix). That’s an average of 12+ fish per team for the day.

Of course, many teams did better than that with the team representing the Lae Offshore Classic (PNG) in front with 39 tags (all sails) (and the other PNG team in 6th). The Aussie team (WA) representing the 35th Annual Blue Marlin Classic with Lizard Island regular Brian Lueke on the team are 2nd with 28 tags.

Also near the top 10 at Number 12, the Sunshine Coast G.F.C. Spring Shootout team with 20 tags.

The Cairns Bluewater Billfish Tournament, represented by the team on Bounty Hunter are in 42nd place after only the first day but sure to make up ground!

Live point scores are hereLet me know if there are other Australian teams competing to watch for!

Anglers on board the 38 boats competing in the 2015 Gold Coast GFC Garmin Blue Marlin Classic got rough treatment to the start of fishing with windy and rough condition though not a strong wind warning which meant the fishing could go ahead.  And the fishing was tough in the conditions with just 5 blues and 3 blacks on recorded on Day 1 (Saturday). A 19.2kg wahoo was also weighed in.

On Day 2 (Sunday) a better result with 11 marlin tagged and one weighed in at 169kg to the team on God’s Hands.  A total of 7 dollies were also weighed for the weekend up to 15.2kg.

1st place went to the team on the 40 Cabo Zeus skippered by Ben Colvin with anglers graham McCloy and Mark Bird. Mark caught a black marlin on Sunday and a striped marlin on Sunday in the Blue Marlin Classic!

2nd place went to the team on the 55 Viking Everwilling which has just moved up to the Gold Coast club from Port Hacking also with 2 fish – 1 blue and 1 black. And third place (all on countback) went to the team with Capt. Ross McCubbin on board Lucky Strike, the 34 Blackwatch, with 2 blue marlin.

The tournament was hosted out of the Southport Yacht Club and by all reports a great weekend was had by all. Congrats to everyone who competed!

Port Stephens

Congrats to young Cory Radford on Climax who has been breaking records again. This time after a long night of drifting for sharks (and just about to cook some bacon and eggs for breakfast ) Cory got a bite on a live bait on 10kg. After a long 5hr fight they got the striped marlin on the boat. Another hour long drive back to the weigh station later it 72.5kg which is a new pending Australian an NSW Small Fry record. Well done Cory!

There were just a few other fish round. Dave (Tucker) fished on Mojo and managed to tag a nice striped marlin to first time angler Trish Hann. Gunrunner also raised a few but no luck in getting a bite.


Bassmaster Elite Series

And completely outside of marlin fishing, but very well worth a mention this morning – Toowoomba boy, Carl Jocumsen is the first ever Australian competing in the US based Bassmaster Elite Series after qualifying last year – and more than holding his own against the best in the world.

Fishing in just his second event in the series, the first three days of fishing saw Carl break his own personal best tournament bag limit with 19lb 14oz  on Day 1 finishing in 27th place. Day 2 he bettered that with 26lb 10oz to catapult him up the leaderboard to 3rd position (and making the cut from 113 to 53 anglers in the process). On Day 3, with a weight of 18lbs the final hurdle was cleared making Carl one of only 12 anglers to fish the final day.

And with what seemed like the whole of Australia watching on overnight Carl finished 6 out of the final 12 anglers (from an original field of 113). What a great result and we can only expect bigger and better things from here. Well done to Carl and his support team!

Show your support for Carl here and follow the Bassmaster Elite Series here.