GOOD conditions greeted anglers on the weekend of April 17-18 for the 8th annual Moreton Bay Longtail Tuna World Flyfishing Challenge. As usual, the main emphasis of the tournament was on the challenge between the anglers and tuna, although some great trophies were handed out for successful anglers at the completion of the event.
30 flyfishermen challenged the tuna over the weekend to catch and release two longtail tuna (worth five points each) and 96 mack tuna (worth one point each). Several other tuna were hooked and lost by anglers fishing various areas, from the Sand Hills in the south to Mooloolaba in the north.
Champion Angler Overall was Jeff Volter, who landed one longtail and seven mack tuna for a total of 12 points. Runner-up was a tie between Shawn Ryan and Cameron Molloy, with ten mack tuna each for 10 points. Cameron teamed up with John Hocking to take out Champion Team with 18 mack tuna.
Scott Fly Rods generously donated two fly rods and several shirts and caps, which were gratefully received as a lucky draw prize for all the competitors.
This event was the last of the four events that made up the Tuna Circuit in Southern Queensland. Anglers who fished at least three of the four events were eligible for a lucky draw, with the major prize being a Heritage fly rod and a week for two at the Cania Gorge Tourist Park. Out of the 11 people who fished at least three of the events, the lucky draw winner was Paul Menealy.
The Bribie Island Sportfish Club would like to thank all the participants in the event, as well as Paul Wright from Scott Fly Rods. The club members hope to see everyone back for their ninth event next year. Details can be directed to Peter Griffiths on (07) 3265 2926. – Gordon MacdonaldReads: 1222