PARTICIPANTS in the 31st Annual Canberra Yellowfin Tournament, held in Bermagui from 19th to 21st May, enjoyed three days of good weather conditions at sea and fine hospitality on shore.
In all 107 boats and 375 took part.
Anglers weighed eight yellowfin tuna, five southern bluefin tuna, one mako shark and 1 blue shark.
In the tag and release categories they tagged:
3 yellowfin tuna
12 southern bluefin tuna
9 mako sharks
6 blue sharks
and the juniors and small fry tagged 19 striped tuna
The prize winners are listed below:
Heaviest Yellowfin 63.2kg Roy Davies – Bill Collector
Next Heaviest Yellowfin by a Senior Male 58.4kg Matthew Duncan – El Bandito
Next Heaviest Yellowfin by a Senior Female 39.0kg Angela Poschl – Mahi Mahi
Heaviest Yellowfin on a boat under 6.5m 58.4kg Matthew Duncan – El Bandito
Most Meritorious Yellowfin Matthew Duncan –El Bandito – 58.4kg on 15kg
Heaviest Shark 150.2 kg Mako - Michael Muscat – Sarah Jane
Heaviest Other Game Fish 59.4kg Southern Bluefin Tuna – Andy Fennessy
TAG AND RELEASE
Most Yellowfin Tagged by a Senior Male 1 Ian Gulson (Countback) - Aquaholic
Most Striped Tuna Tagged by a Junior 8 Josh Southan – Reel Obsession
Most Striped Tuna Tagged by a Small Fry 4 Lachlan McIver – Black Boy
Team Tagging the Most Yellowfin 1 Aquaholic (Countback)
Team Tagging the Second Most Yellowfin 1 Brigadier
Highest Point Scoring Angler John Parbery – Sarah Jane
Highest Point Scoring Angler – Day 1 5,175 John Rankin – Polaris
Highest Point Scoring Angler – Day 2 4,000 Shane Cooper – Seahog
Highest Point Scoring Angler – Day 3 5,000 John Parbery – Sarah Jane
Small fry member of the Victorian Game Fishing Club, Cooper Mills, fishing with his Dad Paul on Strait Out captured a Pending NSW and Australian Record Southern Bluefin Tuna of 23.8kg on 8 - well done Cooper!
The fabulous Haines Hunter 400 Prowler boat and Honda motor package was drawn by lucky angler Matt Xiberras from Jervis Bay Game Fishing Club who was fishing aboard his Dad's vessel Jake Two.
The committee of the Canberra Game Fishing Club would like to thank those many anglers who made the trip to Bermagui to take part in our tournament and hope to see you all again next year.