2018 Garmin Billfish Shootout

Nearly 300 billfish were tagged and released during the competition (image: Nathan Bajada)..

THE 2018 Garmin Billfish Shootout has been run and won off Port Stephens, NSW, and by all reports the tournament was a huge success. There were over 166 boats with 766 anglers competing this year, and between them they tagged and released 152 black marlin, 90 blue marlin, 43 striped marlin and 7 spearfish. This made it the biggest tournament of its kind in Australia.

A liost of the winners can be found in the table below. Tim Dean on board Calypso came ever so close to winning the major prize of $100,000 but just fell short with his fish of 231.4 kg. This still won him a healthy cheque of $12500.00, so he and his team were delighted.

Nigel Rushworth and the organising committee would like thank all their sponsors for their support.

Tag & Release                                 Winner & Points
 Champion Team 1 Billistic – NPSGFC 112500 points
Champion Team 2 Rabbit PHGFC 110500  points
Champion Team 3 Reel Trouble GLGFC 100000 points
Champion Team 4 Wildthing NPSGFC 87500 points C/B
Champion Team 5 Freedom CCGFC 87500  pointsC/B
Champion Team 6 Cookie PHGFC 86000 Points
Champion Team 7 Hoodlum SGFC 75000 Points C/B
Champion Team 8 True Grit NPSGFC 75000 Points C/B
Champion Team 9 Casey SGFC 75000 Points C/B
Champion Team 10 Smartbill SGFC 72000 Points
Champion Male Junior Thomas Frima 37500 Points
Champion Male Junior Brody Mckay 35500 Points
First marlin Tagged by a Junior Oscar Flett 17/02/18 8.50am
Heaviest Marlin Min 236kg Not won
Heaviest Marlin Min 150 kg Calypso NPSGFC 231.4 kg Blue Marlin
Heaviest Shark Min 350 kg Victory 2 LMGFC 375.6 kg Tiger Shark
Champion Boat T&R under 8m Not won
  Prize was split into 5 x $1000 draws

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