Canberra Game Fishing Club’s annual Yellowfin Tournament

BOAT WINNER: This boat package worth over $20,000 was put together from the following: Canberra Game Fishing Club, Haines Hunter, Honda Marine, GME, and Tackle World, Canberra. Pictured are Mr. Xiberras, lucky angler’s father, Matt Xiberras, the winner, then John Haber, president of Haines Hunter, and John Kirby Clarke representing Honda Marine. The Xiberrases are from Jervis Bay Game Fishing Club
BOAT WINNER: This boat package worth over $20,000 was put together from the following: Canberra Game Fishing Club, Haines Hunter, Honda Marine, GME, and Tackle World, Canberra. Pictured are Mr. Xiberras, lucky angler’s father, Matt Xiberras, the winner, then John Haber, president of Haines Hunter, and John Kirby Clarke representing Honda Marine. The Xiberrases are from Jervis Bay Game Fishing Club
JUNIOR WINNER: Cooper Mills, who won the Harry Wright Award for outstanding “small fry” angler. This award is presented to young anglers for their enthusiasm towards fishing, not necessary for catching any fish. In this case, Cooper is also up for a possible record for largest Southern Blue Fin Tuna caught on 8 kilo line class. He received the President’s Award for this.

JUNIOR WINNER: Cooper Mills, who won the Harry Wright Award for outstanding “small fry” angler. This award is presented to young anglers for their enthusiasm towards fishing, not necessary for catching any fish. In this case, Cooper is also up for a possible record for largest Southern Blue Fin Tuna caught on 8 kilo line class. He received the President’s Award for this.

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

109 albacore

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:

CAPTURE

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

DAY PRIZES

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.

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