The Queensland Game Fish Association Inc. (QGFA) has awarded Barry Alty with the “Champion Angler Overall” for the most tagged & released billfish for 2011/2012. He was awarded a sensational trophy by the QGFA during the last QGFA AGM, in Mooloolaba, that was graciously accepted on his behalf by the Gold Coast Game Fish Club Inc. attendees. Barry’s efforts & achievements for Queensland Game Fishing this year have not gone unnoticed and he is duly deserving of this award.
The good fishing off the Gold Coast continued through March and April. We have been averaging one Blue Marlin per day, with the majority being around the 300lb mark. Our best fish, which we tagged was a beauty that we estimated as being in the order of 800lb.
There were two highlights during the period. Firstly the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, who run Australia`s Gamefish Tagging program released the results for the 2010/2011 Season.
As is normally the case “Mistress” tagged more Blue Marlin than any other boat in Australian waters. We actually tagged more than 3 times as many as the second placed boat!!!
Our other big event was tagging a Striped Marlin for 14 year old Kyle Fletcher on the first occasion he had had the opportunity to fish Heavy Tackle using a Chair. Young Kyle has ridden along with us a few times during Tournaments. He is a mad keen Fisherman and good to have on a boat as he helps clear gear, and takes the hand held video for us. As a reward for his effort and enthusiasm we decided to give Kyle a day as Angler. He didn`t let us down doing a really good job in the chair on a Striped around 170lb. The fish would have beaten the current Queensland Junior Record, but to his credit Kyle elected to Tag it. However, we did make a movie of him in action so he does have a permanent record of his achievement.
Also first time angler Vlad Puljich fishing on his 40th birthday caught and released a blue marlin of 450lb. Congratulations Vlad on your first Marlin Tagged & Released and Happy Birthday.
The other news is that we now have a pair of Video recording Sunglasses on the boat. Just amazing how good the video from these small cameras is these days.
The Billfish Foundation has released it’s winner for 2011. Mistress‘ Barry Alty has won the Top Angler Black Marlin for the Pacific Ocean, once again! Captain Brett Alty has put Barry on to the Giant Black Marlin in Cairns in large numbers. All of the black marlin released by Barry this year were in the Cairns Giant Black Marlin fishery, with two of the Black Marlin estimated to be over 1000lb. Congratulations to Barry and the Team on Mistress: Captain Brett Alty and crew Jonathan Lawrence and Rodney Van Der Heide.