Tournament Updates (Lucinda & Broome) + more

Lucinda Light Tackle Tournament

The Lucnind Light Tackle Tournament kicked off yesterday in sloppy conditions and Ben “Notso” Bright tells me there are 8 boats competing who accounting for about 13 billfish tags yesterday.  Ben is fishing with TGFC’s Mark Parkes on Mojo who are in the lead with 5 black marlin on Day 1.  Ben says that they had a triple header up early and got two of the three tiny blacks.  Poppin’ Mad is on 3, while a number of boats caught 1.

Fishing continues today with slighty more slop.

For southern readers who might not know just where Lucinda is – it’s about 100km north of Townsville, a small coastal town neighbouring Ingham and at the bottom of Hinchinbrook Island.

Broome Tournament Winners & Grinners

The final numbers for the week were:

Sailfish 589 raised, 458 strikes, 311 hookups and 210 tags.
Marlin 50 raised, 40 strikes, 24 hookups and 12 tags.

Game On took home the Overall Champions trophy with 16,000 points from Makaira with 15,000. In the small boat class, Shag won with 8,000 from Sail Raiders while Big Red took out the middle class from the Reel OC.

Champion Angler went to Mark Walford from Alan Sarori while the Champion Female was Bridie Florence on 2500 points from Deb Whitcombe.

I wouldn’t be a local if I didn’t point out an obvious Townsville link here.  Townsville GFC members Anthony and Bridie Florence also participated in the tournament in the west this year.  And holding their own on the sailfish, fishing on Shag who took out the small boat category and fourth overall. Congrats to Bridie for her Champion Female gong!

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Also, outside the Lucinda comp but nearby off Cardwell, getting a solo fish in late last week – trying in a trailerboat solo in the choppy water – Brett Ward went 1 from 4.

And I also received a video from Bob Bently filmed earlier this month at Bowling Green for his first black marlin. Check it out at the bottom of this report. Bob says it was an awesome experience and he’s extremely happy to have his first marlin ‘monkey’ off his back. Congrats Bob!

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