2007 Port Vila Game Fishing Club Tusker Game Fish Classic

Action started early Saturday morning with the 13 boats that had entered putting lines in the water at 7am. Lucky Jack was the first cab off the rank with a blue marlin tagged on 24kg at 8.13am and had a further 3 strikes. Hinaura was on the board by tagging another blue on 24kg at 12.45
Charles Wheeler skippering Nevergiveup found a marlin on top of Blue Hat for his gun lady angler Gail McPhee who was fishing on15kg line. Russ Housby, the deck hand was clearing the gear when they had a second bite and another solid hook up. With the cockpit already a buzz of action Russ had to fight his fish off the bow with a thong or jandle as a gimble. This fish was also tagged but the big disappointment was that Russ was not a resisted angler.
Reel Capture tagged another blue later in the day and returned at the end of day one with 2 X mahi-mahi to weigh in.
Day two proved hard going with another 7 marlin strikes amongst the fleet however no fish tagged.
For the weekend there were 24 strikes with 5 tagged and 4 qualifying as tagged. The biggest marlin seen for the 2 days was estimated to be around 100kg

Shogun was a non starter for this comp as we were preparing for the arrival of Bruce Martin and Carl Angus in another world record attempt capturing a blue marlin on 3kg line class. The fishing for this week turned out slow with only two marlin raised and one on for the six days. On day three a little bit of luck went our way with a sail fish swimming into the teaser spread and was captured a short time later to take out a new Vanuatu record for 3kg. At the weigh in the fish tipped the scales at 35.8kg.

The fish have been back on the bite for the rest of November with V-Factor and most of the fleet returning home with good catches and marlin tag flags flying. Shogun had a good final week with a 3 marlin day followed by four Vanuatu light tackle records for a group of Aussie anglers.

Pete Phillipps

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