A total of 25 boats and 81 anglers registered and paid entry into this year’s Blue Marlin Classic.
An information night was held on Thursday 23rd February (one week prior to the comp) where Ben Weston (Owner of Richter Lures and MadFish) and John Fraurud (Owner of Exe Tackle) provided an audience of 60 anglers with tips on where to fish and what tackle to run. The information night equipped everyone with sufficient information to make last minute changes to their gear and provided an opportunity for those in need of tackle to buy from our speakers and/or borrow from the club or other anglers.
The BMC commenced with a skippers and crew briefing on Friday 3rd March and the traditional sail past and shotgun start at 8.00am Saturday 4th March. Day 1 got off to a flyer with “Naturaliste” tag and releasing a 60kg Striped Marlin on 37kg line and various boats tagged and released an assortment of species (Tiger sharks, Yellowfin, Southern Bluefin and Skipjack Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Wahoo).
Day 2 saw much of the same species caught with “Black Ops” weighing in a premium quality 23kg yellowfin tuna on 10kg line.
“Sniper” finished off Day 3 and the 2023 Blue Marlin Classic to perfection, successfully tag and releasing a majestic 180kg “Metro” Blue Marlin on 37kg line.
The BMC presentation dinner was held on Saturday 11th March on the sunset deck and enjoyed by 90 adults and 18 children.