The 2017 Port Douglas Marlin Challenge was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
A very special mention goes to our small but very hard working committee, Damon Gruzden, Jenni Sorensen, Bec Harrison, Phil Holloway, Rob Palethorpe, Gavin Goodwin and Heff.
A bigger mention goes to our wonderful sponsors who donated an array of fabulous prizes including:
Daily Champion Boats
Day 1 - Duyfken
Day 2 - Zulu
Day 3 - Saltaire
Day 4 - Wild Turkey
Female Champion Angler
Alex Dumas aboard Kyrenia
Angler Gary Goddard aboard Hellraiser
Overall Champion Skipper & Boat
Reg Moore skippering the Duyfken vessel
Overall Champion Angler and winner of the Leon Thomas Perpetual Trophy
Gary Goodard aboard Hellraiser
Won by the crew of Duyfken
A very special mention goes to our small but very hard working committee in Jenni Sorensen, Skye Thomson, Phil Holloway, Rob Palethorpe, Damon Gruzdev and Heff.
A bigger mention goes to our wonderful sponsors who donated an array of sensational prizes including: Bransfords Tackle, Nautical Marine, Perrin Clarke - Image Bank photography, Alvey Gunnell Rods, Revolver Lures, Black Pete Game Fishing, GBR Helicopters, Lotsa Printing
Final statistics for the tournament were: 34 Strikes, 29 Hookups and 16 Tagged Black Marlin.
|Champion Skipper & Boat:||Steve Ahlers - Hellraiser|
|Champion Angler:||Peter Barry with 3 tagged fish. Tournament Champion & Winner of the Perpetual Leon Thomas Trophy|
|Champion Female Angler:||Sharon Poulter - Think Big|
|Day 1:||Peter Zylmans - Hellraiser|
|Day 2:||Peter Zylmans - Hellraiser|
|Day 3:||Peter Barry - Hellraiser|
|Day 4:||Peter Barry - Hellraiser|
The Port Douglas Marlin Challenge crew would sincerely like to thanks the following valued sponsors - Bransfords Tackle, Penn Reels, Nautical Marine Sales, GBR Helicopters, Lure Restaurant, Great Northern Brewing Co, On the Spot Signs, Black Pete Tackle, Costa Sunglasses, Tomy Bahama and Perrin Clarke photography.
|Champion Boat:||Moana Skippered by Daniel McCarthy|
|Champion Angler:||Doug Cope aboard Wild Turkey and winner of the perpetual Leon Thomas Trophy|
|Champion Female Angler:||Lisa Goodwin aboard Above Grade|
Top 5 Placing||
|Day 1:||Lionel Astwood aboard Moana|
|Day 2:||Nobby Szafranek aboard Gorilla|
|Day 3:||Louie Smith aboard Dragon Lady|
|Day 4:||Lisa Goodwin aboard Above Grade|
The Calcutta 1st Prize money went to the Moana team which purchased themselves and the same applied to the Wild Turkey team which came in second place.
In finishing the Port Douglas Fishing Club would like to acknowledge this year’s wonderful sponsors which also included prize packages of $3500 - Bransford’s Tackle, Nautical Marine Sales, Costa Sunglasses, Black Pete Fishing Tackle, Perrin Clarke Image Bank Australia, GBR Helicopters, Reef Marina, Tommy Bahama, On the Spot Signs and Lotsa Printing.
|Champion Boat:||MV Above Grade Skippered by Gavin Goodwin|
|Champion Angler:||Lisa Goodwin|
|Champion Female Angler:||Lisa Goodwin (MV Above Grade)|
Top 5 Placing||
MV Above Grade||
MV Think Big||
MV Gorilla||MV Revive|
|Day 1:||Nobby Szarranec aboard MV Gorilla|
|Day 2:||Phil Merambeliotis aboard MV Kyrenia|
|Day 3:||Lisa Goodwin aboard MV Above Grade|
|Day 4:||Paul Poulter aboard MV Thing Big|
1st Place $8250 went to the Goodwin Family aboard MV Above Grade.
A huge thank you goes to all our wonderful sponsors this year: Cairns Sheet Metal, Gorilla Charters, Bransfords Tackle, Costa Sunglasses, Black Pete Fishing Tackle, Image Bank Australia, Bradley King & Za Harrachian, Malones Butchery, Lotsa Printing and the Mossman Florist.
|Champion Boat:||Reel Impression with 4 tags Skippered by John Pecl|
|Champion Angler:||Brendan Fairburn with 2 tags|
|Champion Female Angler:||Sarah Jackson (MV Hellraiser)|
|Day 1:||MV Joe Joe|
|Day 2:||MV Reel Impression|
|Day 3:||MV Reel Chase|
|Day 4:||MV Kyrenia|
|Champion Boat:||Kyrenia with 3 tags Skippered by Damon Gruszdev Crewed by Brett Goetze & Brett Davies|
|Champion Angler:||George Agrou with 2 tags (aboard Kyrenia)|
Top 5 Placing
MV Reel Impression
MV Joe Joe
MV Hell Raiser
|Day 1:||Simon Jenour - Joe Joe|
|Day 2:||Sue Ahler - Hellraiser|
|Day 3:||Barry Alty - Mistress|
|Day 4:||Graham Lance - Rat Bag|
|Champion Boat:||Spartacus with 6 tags|
|Champion Angler:||Ralph Czabayski with 3 tags (aboard Spartacus)|
|Runner Up Boat:||Gorilla with 3 tags|
|Runner Up Angler:||David Sweet with 2 tags (aboard Spartacus)|
Top 5 Placing||
MV Calypso Mango||
MV Reel Impression||MV Rat Bag|
|Kyrenia:||1 sailfish tagged|
|Reel Impression:||1 sailfish tagged|
|Calypso Mango:||1000lb black marlin with Matthew Dorrian as angler|
Lawrence Gzotto aboard Reel Cross and Rick Chadwick aboard Zulu.
No offical 1,000lb fish were registered. MV Above Grade caught the biggest Marlin estimated at 950lb, whilst MV Kyrenia and MV Think Big lost fish estimated over the 1,000lb mark. 2012 Brendan Fairburn aboard MV Reel Impression caught an estimated 1000lb Marlin off Ribbon Reef Number 1. 2011 No confirmed 1000lb fish but a couple of skippers recorded 950lb fish. 2010 Matthew Dorrian aboard Mango Calypso estimated at 1100lb. Viewed by underwater and above cameras and clearly confirmed by experienced skippers as a Grander ! It's included in our home page video clip which can also be viewed on YouTube.
Brendan Fairburn aboard MV Reel Impression caught an estimated 1000lb Marlin off Ribbon Reef Number 1.
No confirmed 1000lb fish but a couple of skippers recorded 950lb fish.
Matthew Dorrian aboard Mango Calypso estimated at 1100lb. Viewed by underwater and above cameras and clearly confirmed by experienced skippers as a Grander ! It's included in our home page video clip which can also be viewed on YouTube.