This years Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic saw two club boats make the trip north for this fantastic event in its 27th year. Hayden Fretten and Jamie Henderson both took their respective club vessels “The Outlaw & Everwilling” north for the tournament that is run out of “The Rock” (Lizard Island) over seven straight days of competiton in October.
The tournament attracts an international contigent of anglers along with the who’s who of the Australian game fishing fraternity, with the majority of the fleet professionally skippered vessels and crews. So it was an enormous effort for both owners to take their boats all the way to compete.
This years tournament kicked off in idealic conditons with a shotgun start as the fleet of 30 vessels raced to the fishing grounds on the outer barrier reef. In true Port Hacking fashion both skippers pushed the “hammers” down and each vessel held its own in the race out, however the entire fleet was blown away by visiting American, Viking 61 “Billy the Kid” as it reached speeds of 40knts.
All in all the week saw some fantatsic fishing with the entire fleet seeing 217 strikes with 144 hook-ups resulting in 94 tags + 4 tags self disqualified.
However the Port Hacking flag was flown proudly as both club vessels posted the following results;
– Everwilling ranked 10th Overall with;
Erin Henderson tagging the following Back Marlin; 350lb, 450lb, 800lb, 300lb
– The Outlaw ranked 16th overall with;
David Joyce tagging a 250lb Black Marlin
Andrew Stubbs tagging a 600lb Black Marlin
So well done to both crews.