One cracker shark caught at this year’s Victorian Gamefishing Classic could set a new state record.
The massive fish, a 76kg bronze whaler shark, caught by Simon Graske, took out the capture section of the tournament.
Graske caught the shark on 10kg line while fishing on the boat Bashr. It’s still pending whether his cracker capture has set a new Victorian record.
There were also 17 sharks tagged during the competition, which included 15 makos and two blue sharks.
Glen Pilon tagged three mako sharks over the weekend and took out the top prize of Champion Tag and Release Angler.
Pilon’s boat, Cloud Nine, also took out champion boat, thanks to his three makos. For his efforts, Pilon won a Lowrance HDS8 Sounder, which was the tournament’s top prize.
Brayden Richardson took out the Junior Champion Tag and Release section of the competition with a 20kg mako caught on 8kg line off the boat Hard Yakka.
While some great fish were caught over the weekend, numbers were slightly down this year with 39 boats entering the tournament.
But with bad weather forecast in the lead up to the tournament, which was held on 20-21 February, and rough seas during the competition, the overall results were still pleasing for this year’s annual Classic.
Organisers would like to thank major sponsor, Anaconda, as well as other sponsors: Mojiko, BlueWater magazine, Go Fishing magazine, Club Marine, Fishing Fever, Inverloch Foodworks, Kingston Trophies, Hookem, Lowrance, Mako Sunglasses, Rinnai, Stormy Seas, South East Fishing magazine, Techni-Ice and Wellsy’s Tackle. – Danny Johns, Vic Game Fish ClubReads: 1993