Sunshine Coast: Another good day on the water. Ymer released 2 blacks, 2 sails and landed a 23kg mahi mahi which is a pending new 8kg Australian record. While Spot On went 1 from 3 on black marlin. David also sent me this link to his footage from Tuesday. Great stuff!
Ribbons, Cairns – Capt. Adam continues to get the jump on most of the fleet who are just now turning their attention to the impending start of the heavy tackle season as Iona 2 released another two smaller fish yesterday at 80 and 100lb. He saw five for the day including a monster at Number 10 Ribbon.
Townsville – We were well entertained with the presentation of the 2010 Mike Carney Toyota Billfish Challenge last night. Lots of great footage, not all of it from this year of course, including some wonderful TowCam footage that greeted us when we entered and kept us entertained until the formalities got underway. As previously reported, Sea Baby IV took out the Over 8m category with 4 tags from Reelistic 48 with two. In the Under 8m category, Elektrakushen won from Screamer on countback, both with two tags. Overall 14 billfish (13 sails and 1 marlin) were released from amongst the 27 boat fleet.
Some of my photos from the shotgun start below (and amazing low flying, ducking and weaving helicopter). I’d hoped to get some photos of the fish too but alas…..