Shell Cove Lizard Is. Tourn Day 1 (Updated at bottom)

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Castille III backs down on Parke’s 950lb-er on Day 1 of the Lizard Island Tournament. If you were following the tweets on Day 1, you’ll know that the day started out a little slow (there were no tags reported on the first sked) and then there was a little flurry of action in the afternoon that resulted in 15 tags for the day. The early fish were all small males but in the afternoon some of the big girls showed up including this one for Castille III, who were on fire with three tags for the day, a 600lb-er for Hattitude and a 550lb-er for Hard to Swallow all around the 5pm mark. Capt. Dean on Castille sent me this pic from a video still on board the boat. Its not a high quality picture, but you can get an idea of the size of the fish. More images to come.Also of note, young Daniel Carlson at the helm on Little Audrey for the first time steered the team to two fish.The final standings for Day 1 are Castille III leading with 3 tags, and in countback order, Little Audrey 2 tags, Hattitude 2 tags, Reel Chase, Hot Shot, Watchdog, Calypso, Maitai, Top Shot, Hard to Swallow and Bill Collector.Joe Joe was hooked up at cease fishing but I’m not sure what happpened with the fish. We heard this morning that it was successfully released and that it’s another entry for the ‘Thousand Pounder’ club at 1100lbs! —– Outside the tournament, Capt. Steve on Kianja released his team’s second 700lb-er for the week for the boys from Fish Head Tackle Store.A picture from Steve with Tim Wagner on the wire.Also doing some crew fishing on their time off, the boys on Tradition released three fish on Day Reef.And some news from Capt. Tom Francis on Ultimate Lady who have left Brisbane and are heading north. Tom reports they have been doing some more fishing at Mellish Reef which is where they captured the grander blue marlin in 2008 (read the story here – go to Oct 22, 2008). Fishing Wednesday last week they released a 700lb-er and on Thursday two 300lb-ers and a 500lb-er from 5 bites, raising a couple more including a decent fish that didn’t bite.As always we look forward to seeing the big blue boat coming over the horizon!