HALCO ABROLHOS ISLANDS GAME FISHING TOURNAMENT
Champion Angler – Billfish: Brodie Vagg (3045pts)
Champion Boat – Billfish: Mandina (3405pts) Skipper: Spags Burnett
Highest Point Scoring – Billfish: Brodie Vagg, Mandina
First Billfish Tagged: Brodie Vagg, Mandina
Champion Angler – Game Fish: Paul Clark (5550pts)
R/Up: John Poat (4025pts)
Champion Boat – Game Fish: Storm Font (9575pts) Skipper: Col Harris
R/Up: Amazon (8175pts) Skipper: Matt Johnson
Most Points, Mackerel: Paul Clark (4575pts)
R/Up: John Poat (3425pts)
Most Points, Tuna: Dave Kingdon (1749pts)
R/Up: Paul Johnson (1075pts)
The Halco Abrolhos Islands Game Fishing Tournament is a very special event. The Abrolhos is incredibly remote which makes the 6 day tournament all the more adventurous with all crews relocating to the islands. The locals on the island have always been big supporters of the tournament which really does make it such a unique tournament. The Briefing and Presentation Nights kick off at the Pigeon Island Community Club with locals and competitors all in attendance. The competition also sees a mix of professional fisherman, game fishers and even those new to the sport sharing the waters and information resulting in a friendly yet competitive atmosphere. This year, to assist the inclusion of a greater component of trailerboats, the Club was able to offer accommodation and fuel packages. The results saw an increase in trailerboats and the Club is looking forward to the numbers growing again next year.
Conditions were some of the best we have experienced during tournament time and the fishing was just as hot. The days were mainly calm with very little swell and next to no wind. There was a good mix of new and old faces with the tournament welcoming new competitors across both Billfish and Game Fish sections. Competitors covered the length and breadth of the islands. Game fishing saw a tightly fought competition across all boats with a good number of tags being used across a wide range of species. The Billfishing section was exciting from day one with the vast majority of fish tagged being blue marlin. Local legend, Spags Burnett and his son Kody along with fishing guru, Al McGlashan and the Mandina’s lucky charm, Brodie Vagg began the week strong landing the first blue marlin and lead the field across the week. They managed one of the biggest blue marlin caught in the country with an estimated 700plus pounder which they released to fight another day.