Exmouth: Gamex and AIBT Results

Another successful  couple of weeks haves wrapped up over in Exmouth with some great results.

GAMEX

Records: 2 potential world records, 4 state and 4 Australian record fish were captured from among the 48 species captured.

On the Tag and Release side, 60 sailfish, 98 black marlin, 3 blue marlin and 2 striped marlin were released totalling 163 billfish overall. There were also 63 sharks tagged (including one that was recaptured 3 days after it was initially tagged – and tagged again by the same boat!) as well as three sharks weighed.

The results are as follows:

Champion T&R Billfish 7m and under: The Wench (4 tags)
Runner Up T&R Billfish 7m and under: Drum Stick (4 tags)

Champion T&R Billfish 7m and over: Blue Horizon (10 tags)
Runner Up T&R Billfish 7m and over: Paradise (8 tags)

Champion Junior T&R Billfish: Cody Wright (3 tags)
Runner Up Junior T&R Billfish: Alex Nelson (2 tags)

Champion Angler T&R Billfish: Ryan Bryce (6 tags)
Runner Up Angler T&R Billfish: Graeme Palivicki (5 tags)

Champions for sailfish: Saltshaker (7 tags)
Champions for marlin: Blue Horizon (8 tags)
Champions for shark: Catchit (9 tags)

Champion Boat Overall: Catchit (9 species)
Runner Up Boat Overall: Jig’a’Jig (7 species)

George King Memorial Trophy: Blue Horizon

AIBT

The 60 boats competing had the following daily stats:
Day 1 19 sailfish, 21 black marlin, 2 blue marlin
Day 2 22 sailfish and 24 black marlin
Day 3 9 sailfish and 10 black marlin

Totaling 107 billfish for the three days (very comparable to last year with 114 amongst 67 boats). The full prize list is below:

AIBT 2012 Final Results
SECTION 1: CHAMPION TEAM TAG & RELEASE BILLFISH BOAT NAME ANGLER POINTS
Winning: Replica GFAA AIBT Trophy plus four (4) engraved Shimano Tiagra 50W Reels with Custom built rods. Apothecary N/A 2500
Runner-Up Team: Replica GFAA AIBT Trophy plus Craig Smith Marine Artwork On-Strike N/A 2100
SECTION 2: CHAMPION ANGLER TAG & RELEASE BILLFISH BOAT NAME ANGLER POINTS
Winning: Replica GFAA AIBT Trophy plus an engraved Shimano Tiagra 50W Reel with Custom built rod Export Sahra Pitman 1900
Runner-Up Angler: Craig Smith Marine Artwork Trophy Hunter Kevin Deacon 1500
SECTION 3: CHAMPION JUNIOR TAG & RELEASE BILLFISH BOAT NAME ANGLER POINTS
Winning: Engraved Shimano Tiagra 30W Reel with Custom built Bluewater Tackleworld rod. Still Dreamin’ Shanae Cook 900
Runner-Up Junior: Craig Smith Marine Artwork Freespool Drew Bignall 400
SECTION 4: CHAMPION TEAM TAG & RELEASE BILLFISH ON FLY BOAT NAME ANGLER POINTS
Winning: Engraved Tibor Fly Reel with Sage Fly rod Vacant Vacant Vacant
Runner-Up Team: Craig Smith Marine Artwork Vacant Vacant Vacant
SECTION 5: CHAMPION TEAM TAG & RELEASE MARLIN BOAT NAME ANGLER POINTS
Winner: Two (2) Shimano Stella Spin Reels with Custom built Bluewater Tackleworld rods. On-Strike N/A 2000
Runner-Up Team: Craig Smith Marine Artwork Razor Back N/A 1700
SECTION 6: CHAMPION TEAM TAG & RELEASE SAILFISH BOAT NAME ANGLER POINTS
Winning: Two (2) Shimano Stella Spin Reels with Custom built Bluewater Tackleworld rods. Export N/A 1900
Runner-Up Team: Craig Smith Marine Artwork The Bear N/A 1600