Tournament report and updates, and more from Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Capt. Ross McCubbin on Lucky Strike is another who has been getting into the inshore lighter tackle fish with two days over the weekend. Ross reports they released two sails and 2 blacks on Lucky Strike on Sunday following up from two from 4 blacks on Reel Busy on Saturday.  Ross says that there are a a few fish about, scattered everywhere, but not much bait in close.

Port Macquarie Golden Lure

Kerryanne Thompson sent me an update yesterday on the blue marlin capture side of the tournament up until Sunday. Kerryanne reports skipper Robbie Hyland on Weapon has weighed 161kg blue marlin for angler Michelle Evans while skipper John Thompson on Milo weighed a 155kg blue for angler Lenny Chapman. Both fish were caught on Sunday and are (were) the only two weighed thus far.

Central Coast Great Northern Brewery Blue Water Classic

With a big thanks to Myles for the report!

40 boats set to sea in near perfect conditions with a very favorable forecast for the weekend on Saturday the 9th of January to compete in the CCGFC annual tournament. Fishing reports from the weeks before created expectations that fishing would be red hot and contribute to another successful tournament. The Sydney coastline saw some big storms in the days leading up to the tournament with heavy rain. The water turned chocolate colour until the 55 fathom line before changing gradually to blue water on the deep side of the shelf.

The Doghouse found a nice blue marlin that dragged the scales to 142kg on 24kg line which stayed on top of the results for their first Marlin Capture title. On the T&R side, only single fish were tagged on day one leaving the tournament wide open.

Other notable catches on day one included a 17.2kg dolphin fish for female angler Amanda Bajada on Finfisn and a good tiger shark to Pascal Paton on Carnage. The boat Vengeance also weighed a 410.10kg tiger shark that would eventually secure them the Shark Capture trophy.

Day two saw similar weather conditions and the fleet ventured more south towards Sydney. The boat Haulin’, tagged two good striped marlin for their junior angler Spencer Hoye on 15kg line which eventually secured him the Junior T&R Champion trophy. The boat Rogue won Champion T&R under 8 meters with a total score of 31 500 points. Champion Lady Angler for Capture and T&R were won by Carnage from Broken Bay and Madness from Botany Bay respectively.

The classic 33 Bertram BeakAus tagged their 3rd striped marlin just before stop fishing to win the T&R Over 8 meter category with 30 000 points.

Another well run tournament that was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Daniel Bryant (thanks Daniel!) sent me the above pics of Doghouse’s blue representing the Port Hacking GFC. Daniel echos that it was a great tournament with great weather and even better that just about every boat caught a fish!

Thanks for the pics Daniel!