Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th of April 2012
The Viking Diesel & Electrics Port Hacking 100 Tournament was held on April 28-29th, with an enormous fleet of 49 vessels comprising of over 160 anglers. The weather provided a mixed bag of conditions over the weekend, as Saturday 28th offering up fantastic variable winds and flat seas before an unfortunate strong 25-30knot southerly change early on Sunday morning, making conditions tough for most of the fleet. However many still braved the conditions in search for all species as day one results were quite tight with a few boats vying for champion status. Great water temperature and plenty of bait were around; however it seemed to be the shark boats having more fun as Marlin sightings were few and far between.
Day one action saw Junior Riley Page on board BBGFC boat RAMPAGE capture a Striped Marlin of 82.5kg on 15kg line and Brother Ryan also boat a Tiger Shark of 177kg on 15kg line. PHGFC President’s boat DARK HORSE captured a solid Tiger Shark of 478kg to angler Stan Dickson taking out Champion Boat and Champion Angler Capture. The Shark was also the first fish over a 1000lb to be weighted on the club’s new weigh station only installed 3 days before the tournament. Other notable catches were PHGFC boat SPICEY SARDINE with a 53kg Yellowfin Tuna to angler John Downey who took out heaviest other game fish category.
Day two saw many vessels spend limited time on the grounds due to the weather, however SGFC vessel GALE FORCE successfully switch baited a striped Marlin on 10KG line in tough conditions and spent most of the fight trying to clear their cockpit of white wash, this tag along with their previous Dolphin Fish allowed them to claim Champion Boat and Angler T&R for the second year.
The Sunday night presentation was held at the RMYC Port Hacking with over 120 guests; all reports have been that all competitors and sponsors had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s tournament in 2013.