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Tournament Report: Townsville Billfish Challenge Day 1



It looks like those hours of involuntary strategizing (whilst stranded on the sandbar at Alligator Creek on Thursday) paid off for team MOJO (Mark Parks, Ben “Notso” Bright, Ben Mathieson, Wade Medill and Rhys Couchman). And they also came up with some great costumes for the sailpast (Village People with full YMCA dance).

Mojo's YMCA

Right off the blocks on the first sked they reported a 10-9-9 black marlin tagged establishing a lead that no other team put a dent in all day. With two more added for each of the following skeds, they finished the day with a very comfortable buffer on 13.

Also off to a good start on the first sked was the O’Brien Boats team on OB1 with Leigh O’Brien behind the wheel (anglers Peter & Val O’Brien, Andrew Mead and Chase) with 3 tags.

The little boats category was off and racing – the 6.4m Sportfish Annie B reported 2 on the first sked, as did Special K and team Tackleworld.

But slowly but surely the rest of the fleet got their ‘mojo’ on and fishing was steady throughout the day.

These are not official results, but I counted 22 tags on sked 1, 15 on sked 2 and 14 to cease fishing to make that 51 tags for the day. Mojo of course leads with 13 tags overall and in the Under 8m Division.

In the Over 8ms, OB1 leads from KEKOA on countback with 4 each (on KEKOA we hooked up number 5 about 30 seconds after cease fishing – oopsies hey Mike!) Then Kanahoee on 3, Maverick on 2 and Cool Change, Gorilla, Pirate and Sea Baby IV on 1 each (no particular order).

In the Under 8ms, Mojo leads from Annie B on 3, Aquaholic, Princess C, Raffian, Special K and Tackleworld on 2, Bad Company, Flotation, Mangrove Jack, September Blue, Striper, TomKat and Yanmar on 1.

I have 35 boats fishing.  **If anyone has any corrections (sometimes I miss details when we are on a fish :-) please send me to or by text 0434 520 343.

Alex on the lead on a little black for Nigel on KEKOA.

Bad Company with a high flyer through the lines of another boat.

On the bite
On the Bite with one jumping down the side.

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