THIS YEAR’S Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament, held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, saw Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Sailfish Shootout team finish fourth. The Australian team, consisting of David Granville, Fred and Michelle Temminick, and Craig McCulloch, released three striped marlin in the final round for a total of 2700 points.
The four-day world championship competition attracted many of the world’s best bluewater anglers, who earned their place by winning one of 98 IGFA qualifying events held in 33 countries on six continents during 2003.
Teams represented the countries of Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Spain, Tobago, Tonga, the Turks and Caicos, the United States and Venezuela.
The teams drew for different boats each day from the local guided Cabo fleet. They fished for three species of marlin (blue, black and striped) and swordfish for 300 points each, and for sailfish and spearfish for 100 points each. The catches were scored and released alive at the boat in accordance with the IGFA tournament rules.
The teams also received points (per pound) for tuna, wahoo and dorado – up to two fish of each species per day above the minimum size limit of 25lb. Local charities received the donations of all fish weighed at the Cabo docks.
The Offshore Championship was one of two world-class series fishing events that included the fourth annual Rolex/IGFA Inshore Championship Tournament held in May. In that tournament a record 42 anglers representing 50 qualifying tournaments on four continents competed in a light-tackle and flyfishing comp for bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish and snook in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys.
The IGFA is a non-profit, membership-supported, conservation and record-keeping organization founded in 1939 with members in over 120 countries. The Association welcomes visitors to the 60,000 square-foot IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For further information contact Rolex/IGFA tournament coordinator Lynda Wilson at the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004, or via email --e-mail address hidden-- IGFAReads: 630