Fisho writer takes out champion small boat in Billfish Shootout


FISHING World contributor Nathan Bajada, onboard his boat Finfisn, took out Champion Tag & Release Boat Under 8m and finished in 10th place overall from a field of 135 boats over the weekend during the 2017 Garmin Billfish Shootout held at Port Stephens (NSW).

Fishing with his wife Amanda and mate Brad Corrie as Team Garmin / Finfisn, like many teams they found both the weather and the fishing very tough. The usual inshore fishery was virtually non-existent however boats venturing wider managed to find a few fish.

“We had two bites on the Saturday over the shelf from a small Black Marlin, frustratingly neither bite found the hook. Then on Sunday, fishing the cold, green water we ended up with a double hook-up… one stayed connected which we were lucky enough to tag on 10kg line,” Nathan said.

“We’ve had an enjoyable couple of season’s recently and the weekend’s result is just the icing on the cake for us!”

Tag & Release Winner & Points

Champion Team 1 Ambition – SGFC 30,000 points
Champion Team 2 Ningaloo – NGFC 27,000 points
Champion Team 3 El Nino NPSGFC 21,500 points
Champion Team 4 Hoodlum SGFC 20,000 points
Champion Team 5 Offshore – LMGFC 18,500 points
Champion Team 6 Little Audrey- SGFC 17,500 points
Champion Team 7 Lone Wolf – NPSGFC 17,000 points on C/B
Champion Team 8 Wasabi Botany Bay GFC 17,000 points on C/B
Champion Team 9 Gale Force – SGFC 15,000 points
Champion Team 10 Team Garmin – FINFISN – CCGFC 12,500 points
Champion Female Junior – Not Won
Champion Male Junior – Not Won
First marlin Tagged by a Junior – Not Won

Heaviest Marlin Over150KG Lumpy LMGFC 214.5kg Blue marlin on 37kg
Heaviest Shark Min 350KG – Not Won

Champion Boat T&R under 8m Team Garmin – FINFISN CCGFC 12,500 points

Congratulations to all of the winners.

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