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PNG National Titles


Updated again 29 Apr: Great fishing in the leadup to this weekend weather postponed Mooloolaba GFC Garmin Billfish Bonanza with David Trask’s Big Business releasing 4 blacks and a sailfish on Saturday on the Sunshine Coast!

Updated: Overnight word of two great fishing catches yesterday. Firstly congrats to Makayla Buttigieg on her pending Australian Junior and QLD record blue marlin capture yesterday on Sea Baby IV on the Gold Coast yesterday at 161.3kgs. And the NQ baby blacks are making themselves known with Leigh O’Brien’s OB1 releasing their first of the season off Townsville yesterday as well.

PNG National Titles 2019 (44th Annual PNG National Fishing Titles )

Leigh Holtsbaum is fresh back from PNG where he fished the National Titles over the Easter holiday period with Conan Bland and Still Producing a 36’ Luhrs with Skipper Wayne Baker.

Leigh reports it was frustrating fishing going 1 from 5 on Day 1 tagging a solid 60kg sailfish. They jumped off a sailfish early then came unstuck on a solid blue that straightened the hook. Finally getting one to stick which was the sailfish then had its little mate try over 20 times to eat the lure at the back of the boat unsuccessfully to get the double hookup.

Leigh said they added a feisty 70kg blue marlin on Day Two in very average conditions which was enough to take out a few categories including Champion Angler Male Tag & Release, Champion Angler Heavy Tackle Tag & Release, Champion Overseas Male Angler and Runner Up Champion Team Heavy Tackle Tag & Release!

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