With a brand format and new head sponsor the event was always going to be hotly contested as the crews vied for 20 prize categories for individuals and teams and everyone had their eye on the Jackpot Prize of $50,000 cash for Heaviest Blue Marlin over 180kg.
Day one saw some stiff conditions with a solid southerly blowing 20+ knots though the majority of the fleet braved the conditions and headed wide to find Mr Big. Fishing started slowly with an early report of PHGFC vessel The Outlaw taking two nice yellowfin tuna to get the first points on the board. And the tuna bite continued on the following skeds for the vessels out wide. Late in the day after a few missed fish reported, SGFC vessel Gale Force came across the radio to confirm a hook up, which was reported captured after a 2 hour fight! The winning fish (more below!)
Day two saw almost perfect conditions with the wind abating all vessels were able to leave port and again contest all categories. With Gale Force already having one hand on the winners cheque, crews were determined to knock them off and claim the prize for themselves. But as the call for stop fishing came through at 4pm, no other blue marlin were brought in to weigh. Botany Bay vessel Maddness recorded two blue marlin to take out Champion Boat T&R including one to Champion Lady Angler (T&R) Cara Hammond and the other to Joe Xerri. The capture side saw LMGFC vessel Vengeance win with two large sharks.
We would like to thank all competitors and of course our great sponsors and look forward to next years event in May 2016.