Nautilus Marine onboard for 2017 Little Ship GFC Inter-club and Reef Rumble

Promoting the spirit of the tournament … Nautilus Marine Insurance’s Damian Pugh inspects the specially commissioned rods built by Brisbane angling craftsman, Gary Howard.

THE Little Ship Game Fishing Club’s annual Inter-club Shield and Reef Rumble is on again in February 2017 and has announced a new major sponsor in Nautilus Marine.

The unique event, conducted from the club’s headquarters at One Mile, just north of Dunwich on the eastern side of South Stradbroke Island off Brisbane, combines traditional game fishing classes with an offshore section designed for reef fishing and pelagics.

Nautilus Marine first supported the event last year as a sponsor, but this time around is expanding its involvement to include providing specially commissioned rods as prizes including one for the person whose actions best reflect the Spirit of the Tournament in 2017.

National underwriting manager, Mr Damian Pugh said, “the camaraderie that exists in this event between competitors pursuing totally different forms of recreational fishing, is one of its great attractions.”

“We are keen to promote that goodwill even further so are introducing an award based on camaraderie and sportsmanship, rather than sheer angling ability.”

The game fishing section of last year’s tournament saw 60 strikes, 46 hook-ups and 31 fish tagged.

It caters for member clubs of the Queensland Game Fishing Association, predominantly those from the 10 game fishing clubs of south-east Queensland.

This year’s event will be run from February 17th to 19th and commences with an informal dinner and briefing on February 16th at the club’s facilities.

The tournament is scheduled to coincide with the summer run of juvenile marlin, sailfish and northern bluefin tuna, all of which are exciting light tackle sport.

In addition the wider, deeper grounds are likely to produce large blue and striped marlin for the heavy tackle enthusiasts.  

The Reef Rumble section is primarily fished along with offshore ribbons of reef running from the northern end of Moreton Island to the Gold Coast.

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