February is shark time in Bass Strait and this year’s BRP Gamefishing Classic held out of Rhyll is going to be bigger than ever with a great weekend planned.
With major sponsor BRP and other sponsors Rapala, Lowrance and Mako Sunglasses, along with many more making sure there is a huge prize pool on offer with over $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, and as an added bonus for a lot of the prizes you don’t even have to catch a fish.
This years competition will be held on February 18-19 out of the Rhyll Fishing Club. The tournament is run by the Victorian Gamefishing Club and is designed to coincide with the good run of mako sharks that flow through Bass Strait each summer.
Best of all the shallow waters of the strait are alive with baitfish and arrow squid at this time of year and the shallow waters make an excellent stomping ground for what is usually very good numbers of small to medium sized makos in the 20-80kg size.
However each year in this tournament one or several huge makos are hooked with fish of 200-300kg a real possibility.
One of the other things that make this tournament so popular is that there is always a good spread of sharks to be found, anywhere from just off the coastline to right out wide. So even if you don’t have the biggest boat you can still be in with a great chance of winning one of the many prizes.
In fact this year Harvey Norman Chadstone have donated a 40” LCD flat screen TV just for any early entries that are received before February 8.
Adding to this there is a lucky angler draw that will see one person walk away with an 25hp Evinrude Etec engine just for entering the competition, valued at over $5000.
This years prize pool will also see anglers getting armfuls of goodies, such as Makaira game reels, Lowrance sounders and Mako sunglasses just to name a few.
Along with the prize pool for the tag and release and capture categories the Victorian Gamefishing Club is also running a huge raffle with a trailer load of prizes.
Entry forms will be available at tackle stores or you can get more information and the entry form online at www.vgfc.com.au .
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