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20-25 knot forecast for the five days of the tournament will make this year’s Townsville Tournament a challenge to say the least. With our pre-fish days cancelled due to the weather and a seeming lack of fish, everyone is on an even keel to start the event on Saturday. Still, this is not the first time conditions have been like this. In past years, the weather and fish have caused concern pre-tournament, only to turn around overnight. A weather-induced rule change means that boats will not have to return to Bowling Green or Port during the event and the fishing grounds have been extended to Otter Reef in the North and Broadhurst Reef in the East. As a result, daily updates may be sketchy to non-existant but we will try.At the Yorkeys Knob tournament held last weekend, a good number of fish were released on Saturday. Robert Loriface (picture above left) fishing on board Pelagic took out Champion Angler. We ventured out on Kekoa ourselves over the weekend for just this single Sailfish tagged (picture above right). With more sited at the grounds so far this year, the tournament may be won on sails.