• Sparkling gold game fishing gear
  • Bird view of Port Douglas with game fishing boats leaving marina
  • Bird view of game fishing boats in one row heading out to the Great Barrier Reefs
  • Game fishing boat Saltaire heading out to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Game fisher grabbing fishing line to draw in jumping marlin fish during tournament

Tournament Debrief 2012

2012 Tournament Diary

2012 Tournament Competitors

  • MV Gorilla (2010 R/U)
  • MV Joe Joe
  • MV Reel Impression
  • MV Hellraiser
  • MV Kyrenia (2011 Winner)
  • MV Castille MV Mistress (2011 R/U)
  • MV Sea Baby IV MV Calypso Mango
  • MV Happy Jacks MV Saltaire

Friday 9th November

Ok - just had a call from Heff out near Agincourt Reefs and here are the latest tallies:

  • Reel Impression 3 tags biggest 1000
  • Joe Joe 3 tags biggest 850
  • Kyrenia 2 tags biggest 600 Sea Baby 1 tag biggest 600
  • Gorilla 1 tag biggest 950
  • Castille 1 tag biggest 300

Apparently the bank is quiet, all the action is up on Escape & the bottom of the Ribbon Reefs, Stay tuned!

Day 3 Statistics 

22 Strikes, 19 Hook-ups, 11 Tagged fish

Leading Vessel: Reel Impression and Joe Joe with 3 tags

Saturday 10th November

Port Douglas Marlin Challenge top 3 positions!

Reel Impression & Kyrenia 1st with 4 tags each

Joe Joe 2nd with 3 tags

Reel Chase and Gorilla both in 3rd place with 2 tags each.

C'mon boys! Let's tag some more before cease fishing!

Tournament Presentations

The 2012 Marlin Challenge finished with a wonderful evening on the marina boardwalk at the Lure Restaurant for the Tournament Presentations.

An excellent meal was enjoyed by all before the trophies were presented and glasses raised to toast the winners. Congratulations to Brendan Fairburn for tagging 2 Marlin during the competition, with one of them estimated to put him into the much sought after 1,000lb club!

Congratulations go to John Pecl and the crew of MV Reel Impression for putting Brendan in the right place at the right time and all their hard work to make the tags possible.

2012 Tournament Results

Final Results of the Tournament 

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)

Daily Champion Boats

Day 1  MV Joe Joe

Day 2  MV Reel Impression

Day 3  MV Reel Chase

Day 4  MV Kyrenia