The 2021 tournament started in perfect weather with most of the 9 boats choosing to fish between Linden Bank and Escape Reef.
The first day was a steady fishing day and Freedom Shores from Airlie Beach was first to tag a nice 600lb fish for angler Jon Moon. Wildcard tagged next with a 200lb fish for Jack Hogan. Port Douglas local Lucas Agrums, fishing on Levante tagged a 450lb and Nick Milford's team on Scutes tagged a 200lb for angler Julian Harrold. There were a few other fish hooked and lost including a couple of big ones.
Hook ups: 11
Another beautiful day on the Great Barrier Reef with 5 fish tagged for the day. Scutes tagged 2 fish followed by Wild Card, Rehab and Gorilla tagging one fish each. This put Scutes at the top of the leader board followed by Wildcard. The biggest fish tagged was put at 700lb for angler Toby Denneen on Gorilla and Freedom Shores unfortunately lost a good size fish after a big fight.
Hook ups: 12
The wind arrived on day 3, but it didn't stop Scutes, the smallest boat in the fleet, from tagging another fish and extending their lead a little further. There were 5 fish tagged, one each for Freedom Shores, Bounty Hunter, Scutes, Iluka and Rehab. So at then end of day 3 Scutes led the fleet with 4 tags. Wildcard had 2, followed by Freedom Shores with 2 and then Rehab with 2 and a whole bunch of boats sitting on 1 tag each.
Hook ups: 10
After a rough night at sea day 4 was a slow fishing day with only a couple of boats finding a bite and the day ended with just 1 fish tagged for angler Mark Hogan on Wildcard
Hook ups: 3
A huge congratulations to Scutes with champion angler Julian Harrold, captain Nick Milford and his crew - a well deserved win for the smallest boat in the fleet!
The boys took home some awesome prizes - Penn 130 rod and reel, Costa Sunglasses, Tackleworld Cairns merchandise, lure roll with a heap of Blue Dog lures and a good cash calcutta prize.
It was also fantastic to welcome back Lili Sims, female angler on board Bounty Hunter who took out the Champion Female Angler award with a nice 700lb fish against some tough conditions. Congratulations Lili!
Thank you to our very valued sponsors this year who helped to make the tournament a success - Tackleworld Cairns, Above Grade Marine Services, Costa, Port Douglas Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Penn Reels, Big Boat Shed and our fantastic venue and club house the Tin Shed!