Anglers from all over Australia and the world come to Port Douglas to undertake the challenge of fishing for one of the ocean's greatest prizes, the Marlin. The Marlin Coast hosts some of the best Marlin fishing in the world and game boats and crews arrive in Port Douglas to team up with the anglers, all with the anticipation of being the one to catching giant Black Marlin.
The Tournament format will differ from previous years. The pre-tournament briefing will be via email rather than a briefing night event.
Leon was Born in Dandenong Vic and spent his childhood at Barwon Heads. His best mates father was a commercial fisherman and Leon and his mate would go out and help on the 30 foot dory (these were known as 'Couta boats), trolling under sail for Barracouta.
His trade was printing and he got a job as ships printer on the coastal passenger/ freighters that ran between Sydney and Freemantle. He then moved to Sydney after he left the shipping company and founded a business with a partner that was to become Lynx Engineering in Croydon. At first mainly specialising in wrecking/building/ racing/ repairing/ MGTC sports cars, the business grew and branched out to cover modifying and 'hotting up' all types of cars.
In the early 70's Lynx branched out into boatbuilding, making 16 and 18 foot “Sidewinder” speed boats under license from a company in California, these were popular and in the mid 70's Leon sold out of Lynx taking as part of the payout the Sidewinder moulds and rights to build them. During this period Leon always owned a boat, ranging from a 24 foot Savage Ranger, 24 foot Mustang which he finished from lock-up stage and a 28 Bertram which were all used as fishing platforms, mainly for bottom fishing. He also always had a ski boat and loved weekends away on the Hawkesbury River water skiing.