ROUND 1 of the Australian Tuna on Fly Circuit kicked off on Friday February 21 with a briefing at the Hervey Bay Boat Club. A record 17 teams consisting of 37 anglers assembled to swap ideas and stories over a few drinks in preparation for a full day’s fishing.
An early start on Saturday saw a steady stream of flyfishing vessels leave the boat harbour in ideal conditions, with half the fleet heading towards Roonies and the remainder going south. The teams that headed north found the tuna a lot more cooperative, with the Waterhaul team returning with a commanding lead followed by ONO Tuna Tarts, Wildfish and team Madmen. Longtale and Team Slug were the best of the teams that headed south.
Sunday saw many more of the teams head south due to the hint of early morning northeasterly. Bait balls were scattered from Kingfisher to the bottom end of Little Woody, with schools of longtails feeding on these from underneath. The fishing was extremely difficult, with the tuna being very flighty and deep.
When capture sheets were tallied the final count for the Challenge was 22 mack tuna and 20 longtail tuna, with team Waterhaul finishing first with 50 points.
Many thanks to Tie' N' Fly for the Ladies Encouragement Awards, Boat Harbour Resort for the weekend for two and Let's Go Fishing for their support. – Justin Nye.
Champion Team Spin –Team Slug
Champion Angler Spin – Corey and Bryn Lack
Champion Team Fly – Waterhaul
Champion Angler Fly – Sean Ryan
Champion Junior Angler – Matt SchiemerReads: 707