Mid Comp update.
A total of 11 boats with 43 people entering the comp enjoyed a fair few beers with old friends and made some new ones in the process at Pigeon Island within the "Wallabi" group on Saturday for the briefing night. The promise of a "LAY DAY" due to a strong wind warning was enough excuse for some to continue into the early hours of the morning.
Day 1 ended up being a lay day which some used to enjoy the great fishing the islands have to offer, other skippers were a bit harder and used the day to scrub decks and get some last minute maintenance in, and then strait back to the pub to continue with rehydrating the body.
Day 2 was the first day of fishing, the weather was fishable but a strong SE breeze met the field. Plenty of good water was found by the boats heading wide with deep blue clean water at around 24.5 degrees. Plenty of bait around although scattered and some fish marked well. Balek hooked up early and managed to get a tag in with Mandina, Top Deck and Innervisions all dropping fish.
Really Black and Teralisa headed north with no reports of fish from them.
Oceanic, Mandalay and Allure fished line class with some reports of some good tuna around even though the sharks were around in good numbers. It looks like Balek took the day with 2 stripes and 1 blue from 7 fish raised. Top Deck managed to score a nice yellow fin which topped the scales at 51.6kg
Day 3 Started off with a magic sunrise over any island the boats anchored up behind and only got better from there. Still light on the reports from this day, but I got word that BALEK managed to tag a blue estimated @ 140kg and a second @ 180kg. Both INNERVISIONS and REELY BLACK also both tagged a blue each. In the light game class there has been a heap of Mackie’s around and a decent tuna coming in for a nice surprise.
Day4 has just started and by the looks of it everyone set off nice and early as no reports have come in yet. If the forecast is anything to go by, the weather is going to start getting worse from tonight onwards, so I imagine teams will be out making the most of the bite before it comes in rough.
The Entry Forms for this year's competition is posted below.
|2017 Entry Form (PDF)|
|2017 Entry Form (Word)|
|2017 Brochure (PDF)|
|2017 Tournament Rules (PDF)|