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Tournament Results

Official results from both the recent Broken Bay Invitational and Gamex at Exmouth have been released (read at bottom). It’s been another busy weekend for tournament fishers with Back to Tanga 6 held over the week (results to come) and more coming up with the Solitary Islands HT tournament to run off Coffs this weekend coming and plenty schedule in April.

If you have a tournament for the calendar, send in the details via the ‘submit a report’ link below.

Weekend SEQ Reports

Among the good weekend fishing, some more blue marlin on the Gold Coast and plenty of practice for the Blue Marlin Classic next month with Mat Stehman’s Murphy’s Law reporting a 2-2-2 on Saturday, smaller fish est at 100 and 60kg.  Mat has been trying the switch bait program but tells me he went back to his winning formula on the Larvas on the weekend.

fuelbillThere is also another run of the small blacks keeping boats busy off the Gold Coast as it has on the Sunshine Coast. Grant Thomson went 4 from 5 yesterday on his cat ‘Bill (as in Fuel Bill) with mate Jim Byrne (plus a dolly on the way home). Grant says all the fish were between 60 and 80kg.

And Capt. Brett Alty’s Mistress went 2 from 3 black marlin on Saturday as well (photo top). Brett says that plenty of other boats were in on the action on both the blues and blacks.

GAMEX 2014 Official Results

Category HPS (Highest Point Scoring) Capture (fish) by Line Class;
1kg – Andy Sutton with a 5.9kg Queenfish
2kg – Jason Hornhardt with 11.8kg Narrow Bar Mackerel.
3kg – Jason Hornhardt with a 22.3kg Narrow Bar Mackerel
4kg – Connie Taylor with a 10.5kg Narrow Bar Mackerel
6kg – Will Roche with a 9.6kg Narrow Bar Mackerel
8kg – Rob Mitchell with a 9.6kg Wahoo
10kg – Phil Volicvi with a 12.9kg Wahoo

HPS Billfish on 1-15kg line class – Callum Offler with a 59.6kg Black Marlin
Heaviest Billfish on 24-60kg – James Roscic with a 312.1kg Blue Marlin

Champion JUNIOR – Will Roche with 2855 points
Champion FEMALE – Jo Decker with 3900 points
Champion MALE – Rob Mitchell with 6450 points
Champion Tag & Rlease Billfish JUNIOR – Hayden Michaels – 4700 points
Champion Tag & Release Billfish ADULT – Micheal Callan – 10000 points.

Champion Boat Tag & Release Shark: Mystic Knot with 3100 points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Billfish Boat 7m and Under: Sea Eagle with 9300 with points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Billfish Boat Over 7 m: X T Sea 11600 with points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Sailfish: Y Stress 2000 with points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Marlin: Mahi Mahi III with 11300 points
Champion Boat Overall: Wet Dreams with 7066.67 points

George King Memorial Trophy: Bernie Vale 29 tags
Steve Pitman Memorial Trophy: Rob Mitchell with 11 Line Classes and 9 Species

Simrad 2014 Broken Bay Invitational Tournament Report

This year’s Tournament has been run and won with 55 boats and over 200 anglers taking part.  In the tag and release section Gorilla dominated the weekend with some great blue marlin fishing on the Saturday coming in with 3 tags which was enough for them to win Champion Boat Tag and Release. They also weighed a fourth at 141kg.

Second place Tag and Release this year went to the trailer boat team on Hold Up with the champion female angler Claire Graham on board while the Champion Trailer was taken out by the team on Watergirl who caught their first striped marlin in the boat on Saturday after many years of trying and the backed it up on Sunday with their second.

Champion Male angler Tag and Release was won by James May fishing on Watergirl who was fishing only his second tournament ever. Champion Junior angler Tag and Release was taken out buy Jarrad Bryant fishing on Sniper.

In the Capture section one of the clubs valued long term sponsors Viking Diesel and Electric crew on Rampage backed up their Interclub victory with a great blue marlin to Ryan Page on 15kg to take out Champion Boat Capture. Second place Xcelerate with a tiger shark on 15kg line to Robert Brown which also won Robert the highest point scoring shark award. Gorilla’s blue above was enough to put them in third on the capture side as well!

The $6000 Black Pete Marine prize for Heaviest Blue Marlin over 150kg did not go off this year but the hard luck story has to go to the team on Finactic with a Blue that went 149.2kg missing out by a mere 800grams. This prize has been rolled over and will be up for grabs next year so blank out the 3rd weekend in March for the Simrad 2015 Broken Bay Invitational as it will be the best value big money tournament of the Tournament season.

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Exmouth has wrapped up its biggest couple of weeks of the year with the final day fishing of Gamex. Anglers adding another 96 billfish tags on the final day (76 black marlin, 7 blue marlin, 2 stripes and 11 sailfish). This has to be the best tournament result in Australian waters in….. Does anyone know of anything comparable? I know the Exmouth committee are interested in hearing of other events with similar outstanding results…if you have some information to share, please let me know and I’ll pass it along.

That makes the final results for 6 days fishing (62 boats, 6 days fishing) – billfish only:

GAMEX 2014: Raised – 1619, Hooked – 1133, Tags – 601

Combine that with the awesome results from the AIBT the week before (40 boats, 3 days fishing):
AIBT 214: Raised – 780, Hooked – 575, Tags – 303

Total by anglers in 9 days over two tournaments (billfish only):
Total: Raised – 2399, Hooked – 1708, Tagged – 904

That averages out to 100 billfish tagged a day for 9 days of fishing! The vast majority of which were black marlin.

On the final day, there were also another 2 pending World Records for Connie Taylor on 1 & 2kg. This giving her 1, 2 & 3kg Line Class World Records. Also some other great fish weighed in. I’m sure there will be more details to come and a full list of winner, but in the meantime thanks to Scott again for passing these great stats in Jeni’s absence.

Sunshine Coast Blacks

Quick report from Robert Smiths’ Smithy’s Fishing Charters on the Sunshine Coast from a few recent good days on the little black marlin and its good to hear that there are still plenty being caught now all the way down the coast to Port.

On Tuesday they started the day mackerel fishing, then went reef fishing for three hours doing pretty well, then did four hours of marlin fishing from 11am-3pm for 5-5-5 (4 blacks and a sail).  A couple of weeks before that they caught 6 for Ed Martin (who is 89 years young) and his mate Danny.  Then they added another for Ed out again on Wednesday.



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The stats continue to be outstanding. This is what I have so far (billfish tags only) – Day 1, 96 tags; Day 2, 91 tags; Day 3, 103 tags; Day 4, 78 tags and Day 5, 126 tags (made up of blacks 104, blue 6, stripes 2, 14 sailfish).

I received a great mid-Gamex tournament report from Bernie Kaaks while we were out of phone range and have included the full report below (although its a couple of days behind current standings so keep that in mind when you are reading). Also at top is a shot of the scoreboard as at the end of Day 4′s fishing so you can see the diversity of the action (it’s not all about billfish!) Thanks so much to Scott Forbes for keeping us updated with the stats and the pic in Jeni’s absence (and big congrats to Jeni and Matt on the new bub!)

Scott says where else can you do this type of fishing?! And the best thing is that, so many new anglers getting their first billfish.  He also sent word of another Small Fry Pending Record, with a great capture by Will Roche (more details to come).

Mid-Gamex Report
“Gamex 2014 is away to a brisk and warm start.

While top temperature in Exmouth has hovered around 40 degrees every day, a light breeze made conditions bearable.  Flat seas have made for comfortable game fishing and returns over the first three days have been excellent.

The Sunday total was 102 billfish tags, Monday saw 90 and so did Tuesday.

Wet Dreams is top scoring boat at present with 5 species on 10 line classes for a total of 5451.6 points.

Bernie Vale’s Mahi Mahi III heads the tag & release leaderboard at this stage with 16 tags for tag & release marlin, while in the under 7 metre boats, Sea Eagle is doing well with 13 tag & release.

Individual honours for juniors goes to Hayden Michaels with 1400 points.  Top Female is Helen Levy, also on 1400 points and the leading male is Jason Hornhart who has amassed 3676.6 points on 5 line classes.

Non fishing people have been well looked after too.  A family fun day on Sunday attracted many mums and children, with a bouncy castle and other activities, all being entertained by Tod Johnston’s Peace, Love and All That Stuff.  The band also played at a lively opening gig on Friday.

Australia’s Melbourne based master chef Bart Beek conducted classes for ladies on Monday and Tuesday at the Exmouth Escape Resort, followed by a formal ladies’ lunch at the Novotel on Wednesday – a superb three-course meal.

As expected, there have been some disappointments, but the boys on On Strike II had to cop it sweet on Monday after hooking up a big blue marlin, estimated at well over 200kgs, on a spin outfit carrying a 15kilo line. After a three hour battle that took the boat 8.6 nautical miles out to sea from the hookup point, the marlin made one final lunge and broke free.”

Thanks Bernie – I think we all have Exmouth on our bucket list now if it wasn’t already there!

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Catch up report from Sam Owen skipper of Spread ‘Em fishing from the past few weeks – and these great photos in the slideshow above – scroll through the slideshow at top to see the other two shots. Sam reports that he fished solo earlier this month chasing blues out of Port Kembla on his 5.8 centre console Spread ‘Em and went 4-4-1 boating the one weighing 153kg on 24kg. The first fish of the day he lost after half hour he estimated at an easy 250kg+. The weekend before last he was fishing north of Jervis Bay and went 3-2-2 stripes on the Saturday followed by 3-3-3 on blacks on the Sunday. Friday they fished alongside Richie’s Dream Catcher and we ended the day with another 3-2-2 blacks. Fishing with Sam was Ian Osterloh (photos – great shots Ian) and Mark Doyle (angler).

Bermagui - Murray Stoddart sent me a report from a couple of days fishing last week on Bill Dunkely’s Bill Collector out of Bermagui with Paul Nemes, Bobby Weight, Brett. Murray said the fishing started slow with bait a little hard to find on the 12 mile and out to the edge and Day 1 ended with all zeros made even more frustrating upon hearing of the bite up at JB and Ulladulla. Day 2 they fished north of the “Kink” in 120 fathoms where the water was a lot better around 24c with nice cobalt blue tinge to it and went 2-1-1 on a small striped of about 50kg. Murray says although it was a little fella it was one of the prettiest little fish he’d seen in a long time, it swam away with a nice little steamer in its shoulder (pic)!


Exmouth - Despite the full moon another 91 billfish were tagged yesterday (Gamex day 2). Great fishing! By all accounts everyone is enjoying the tournament thus far with the fun and games set to continue with a ‘Bling’ themed dress-up Reef and Beef BBQ tonight!

Port Stephens -  I heard from Capt. Scotty Thorrington on Freedom that the inshore bite continues steady steady with most recording a couple of bites a day.  They are fishing light tackle mostly 8-10kg for the blacks up to around 50kg. Scotty says that the water is moving around a lot during the day and so if you’re out in the morning and its not that special, it can change in the afternoon as good water moves in.

Cardwell – And I heard from Brett Ward who is usually a regular on the light tackle blacks off Cardwell a bit later in the year. Brett says that he’s been interested to read the reports of the teeny ones in the north over the last few weeks.  Although he hasn’t see any himself he was out Sunday tolling 30metre line off Cardwell and hooked up to a bigger than usual sized model about (and PB) black about 40kg that kept him busy for an hour or so on 10kg tackle. Brett says the fish took a mini hothead sprocket in custom colours and he hopes to find more fish of this quality!

We are currently traveling on the boat in and out of phone range over the next few days so my apologies in advance if any email/text reports are delayed until we get back in service!

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