Proving that if the bait is there, the fish hang around, a great recapture story from the weekend on board James Holt’s French Look 3. Not only was the fish originally tagged and recaptured (tag retrieved) on the same boat, but it was the same angler Luke Flemming…26 days later!
Also on the Gold Coast on the weekend, Capt. Ross McCubbin’s Lucky Strike accounted for 5 blacks.
22 boats and 70 anglers including 8 female anglers and 6 juniors participated in the annual SCGFC Garmin Gamefish Classic over the weekend. With heavy tackle billfish scoring 3 to 1 points wise over light tackle the choice of which to target was a big part of strategy.
The final stats were 49 strikes, 36 hookups resulting in 26 fish tagged or captured. This number was made up of 20 billfish (11 blue marlin, 7 black marlin 1 striped marlin, 1 sailfish) with all other gamefish to weigh non qualifying (wrong species or didn’t exceed line class).
Major trophies in order
Champion Team Overall – Big Business – 3 tagged blue marlin
Champion Angler Overall – Brent Burton (Big Business) 2 tagged blue marlin
Champion Angler Runner Up – Dan Halliday (Sicario) 1 tagged blue marlin on time
Champion Male Angler Heavy Tackle – Brent Burton (Big Business) 2 tagged blue marlin
Champion Male Angler Light Tackle – Hunter Armytage (Capricorn) 2 tagged black marlin
Champion Female Angler Heavy Tackle – Amy Richards (Site Office) 1 tagged blue marlin
Champion Junior Angler – PJ Bennett (Infinity) 2 tagged black marlin
Champion Boat 7m and Under – Reel Nauti – 1 tagged sailfish
Champion Boat 7m and Over – Big Business – 3 tagged blue marlin
Runner- up Champion Boat 7m and Over – Sicario – 2 tagged blue marlin
Meritorious Effort Award – Nate Laurie – non line class spotty mackerel from substitute boat after first boat broke down with engine problems.
Hard Luck Story – Wild Ocean breaking down (Jason Allen, Chris Laurie, Nate Laurie)
Earlybird Entry – Charles Le Coste (No Frills)
First Billfish Day 1 – PJ Bennett (Infinity)
Last Billfish Day 1 – Daniel Arnold (Privateer)
First Billfish Day 2 – Mick Hay (Capricorn)
Last Billfish Day 2 – Jordan Flood (Team Garmin)
Lucky Angler Sked 1 – Peter Bain (Scaley Tail)
Lucky Angler Sked 2- Steven Murphy (Tag n Brag)
Lucky Angler Sked 3 – Josh Flood (Team Garmin)
Lucky Angler Sked 4 – Chris Laurie (Wild Ocean)
Lucky Angler Sked 5- Brett Barton (Sicario)
Lucky Angler Sked 6 – Tom Kalic (Team Seakeeper)
1 Big Business bought by Todd Kalpus
2 Sicario bought by the Ben Campbell Syndicate
3 Site Office bought by the crew
Major Lucky Draw Winners
$3,000 Garmin Dollars – Brent Burton (Big Business)
$2,000 Garmin Dollars – Braden Byrne (Reel Crazy)
$1,000 Garmin Dollars – Ethan Harrington (Tag n Brag)
ARB Fridge – Tom Kalic (Team Seakeeper)
Big Evakook Icebox – Duane Jay (Get n Any)