Blue Water Classic report

Despite the average conditions, 31 boats set to sea carrying 121 anglers.

THE Central Coast Game Fish Club’s Annual Blue Water Classic was held between January 5 and 7, 2018.

The  weather forecast predicted testing fishing conditions but nevertheless 31 boats with 121 anglers set to sea – although most boats elected to stay inshore. Despite the conditions Rogue from Botany Bay GFC reported the first tagged striped marlin by 8 am. Fishing remained slow on day one, with only one or two fish reported in the subsequent reports. At the end of the allowed time, Captain Scotty Thorrington on Freedom from Central Coast GFC took the lead with his wife Fiona tagging a stripe marlin on 10 kg gear. Fiona added another tagged marlin to the tally on day two, which was enough to get Freedom the Champion Boat Tag and Release (Over 8 metres) title, while Fiona Thorrington was Champion Female Adult Tag and Release angler and Jay Househam (a junior) won Champion Angler Other Gamefish.

The Under 8 metres Tag and Release class was taken out by Chasin’ Tail also from Central Coast GFC, with Andrew Nash awarded Champion Angler Male Tag and Release. Oscar Flett on Finjitsu from Lake Macquarie GFC was crowned Champion Small Fry with a tagged marlin on 15 kg.

Magnum’s James Titmus from Central Coast GFC took out Most Sharks Tagged. There were no captures recorded in the tournament.


All the Juniors and Small Fry anglers participating in the tournament received gift packs to their delight. CCGFC has a very strong focus on the development of the sport amongst our kids and this is an initiative that is heavily supported by our generous sponsors.


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