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Peter Goadby Memorial & Gold Coast Blues


Peter Goadby Memorial

Thanks so much to Simon for the report!

The Annual Peter Goadby Memorial Tournament presented by Little Audrey Charters and was hosted by the Sydney Game Fishing Club over the 28th and 29th April 2018 out of their iconic game fishing club at Watsons Bay on Sydney Harbour.

Despite average weather conditions the fishing was on point with tags and captures of blue and striped marlin, big yellowfin tuna, spearfish, sharks and even the odd dolphin fish being recorded.

Over the two days of fishing the fleet of thirty boats raised good numbers of mainly blue marlin and yellowfin tuna. The fish weren’t small either with multiple yellowfin over 150lbs being taken, as well as a number of blues in excess of 350lb.

Congratulations to Elly Offord fishing in the Junior (female) category on board Cookie, skippered by Murray Offord, who caught a 372lb blue marlin on 130lb tackle and to Ron Kovacs fishing in the Male category on board Ambition, skippered by Ivan Bennet, who caught a 744lb blue marlin on 50lb tackle. Both of these fish are pending Australian and New South Wales records and are a testament to the quality of fish that can be found off Sydney each year in April.

Sydney Game Fishing Club would like extend a warm thank you to all those who entered the tournament and have supported the event. The club would also like to thank the many sponsors who made the event possible, in particular our major tournament sponsors – Little Audrey Charters, IBW Constructions, Furuno Electronics, Great Norther Brewing Co, Sylvania Marina and Tonic Eyewear.

The complete results for the tournament are outlined below:

Champion Boat Capture – Ambition (SGFC)
Runner up Boat Capture – Tantrum (SGFC)
Heaviest Marlin (in the Calcutta) – Tantrum (SGFC) 450lb blue marlin
Heaviest Shark – Carnage (BBGFC) 665lb tiger shark
Heaviest Tuna – Scott Hallowday (SGFC), 160lb yellowfin on 50lb
Champion Lady Capture – Janet West (BBGFC), 665lb tiger shark on 30lb
Champion Junior (female) – Elly Offord (PHGFC), 372lb blue marlin on 130lb
Champion Junior (male) – Oscar Davies (BBGFC), 306lb tiger shark on 30lb

Champion Boat Tag and Release – Hoodlum (SGFC), 23,000 points
Runner up Tag and Release – Big Blue (BBGFC), 20,000 points
Third Tag and Release – Happy Days (SGFC), 10,000 points (countback)
Fourth Tag and Release – Tantrum (SGFC), 10,000 points
Champion Boat under 8m – Gamechanger (JBGFC), 8,525 points
Champion Lady Tag and Release – Karen Wright (SGFC)


Gold Coast Blues

Unfortunately the weather has seen the Gold Coast Garmin Blue Marlin Classic until 18-20 May.  For the boats getting out this well there were still a few around. Capt. Simon Carosi’s Assegai caught 1 from 4 bites on Wednesday. Simon was back out with Capt. Tim Dean on Calypso yesterday for a 1 from 3. And Brad Dobinson’s Special K also fished yesterday for a 2-2-1 blue marlin.  Brad say he had 4 x 70 year old plus chaps in the cockpit who would have shown a lot of younger folks up – they did great – the blue we caught was 400lb and a great first marlin for Hugh Brown!

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