Rhyll Angling Club Game Fish Classic
  |  First Published: July 2011

Despite a rescheduling of dates due to horrendous weather, the Rhyll Angling Club Game Fish Classic went off without a hitch with over 100 anglers participating in the event.

Thirty-two teams met at the Rhyll Angling Club on Friday night 4 March for the tournament brief with high expectations of the fishing. Saturday morning dawned with fair conditions; a southeast wind of 15-20knots blowing and fishable conditions.

Reports of captured, lost and tagged fish were steady during the day and by the end a total of nine sharks, seven makos and two blues had been tagged and released, with two makos weighed in.

Club house leader on Saturday was David Fent with a mako shark of 86.2kg on 15kg line class for the Seniors and Nicholas Taranto with a mako shark of 67.8kg on 10kg line class for the Juniors. Taranto’s fish is a pending Victorian Junior 10kg record and a fantastic start to the tournament.

Tag and release (T&R) leader from Saturday was Glen Pilon on Cloud 9 with two mako sharks and one blue shark with two other anglers on two makos.

Sunday dawned with a 10-15knot eastnortheast wind blowing as the fleet took to sea. Fishing was slower with only four mako sharks tagged for the day with no fish weighed in.

Final results:

Champion T&R Senior:Martin Bowden on Deduction3 mako
Champion T&R Junior:Daniel Arapakas on Two Easy1 mako
Champion T&R Small Fry:Lochlan Bulk on Home Strait1 blue shark

Champion T&R Team:Deduction9000 points

Most Meritorious capture:Nicholas Taranto67.8kg mako on 10kg
Heaviest Capture Senior:David Fent82.6kg mako on 15kg
Heaviest Capture Junior:Nicholas Taranto67.8kg mako on 10kg
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