Sunday, 5 October 2008, Day One of the Shell Cove Capital Management 22nd Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic saw 31 boats line up for a spectacular Bimini style start in Anchor Bay in front of the Lizard Island Lodge Resort.
The weather was fine with about 15 knot winds, but the fishing was a little slow. The first fish of the Tournament was tagged at 1219 on Hicks Reef by Chris Hart, fishing on â€œHart Throbâ€, and was estimated at 900 pounds. One minute later, Rob Crane, fishing nearby on â€œToo Easy 11â€ tagged a 150 pounder and these two anglers and boats remained in 1st and 2nd place for Day 1 of the event.
Overall there were 23 strikes, 15 hook-ups and 6 tags for the day from the above vessels and â€œReel Chaseâ€, â€œHot Shotâ€, â€œMaitaiâ€ (another 900 pounder on Hicks Reef) and â€œJoe Joeâ€.
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Monday, 6 October, Day Two of the Shell Cove Capital Management 22nd Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic was once again only 10 to 5 knot winds giving comfortable conditions for the Anglers entered.
First tag of the day was by Jason Bull, fishing on â€œIona 11â€ on Ribbon No. 8, at 1138 and was estimated at 60 pounds. There were several shots up to the next tag at 1132, all of which jumped off. Stats for another quiet day Â were 19 strikes, 12 hook-ups for 7 tags, with 1 estimated at 60, 3 at 200, 2 at 250 and 1 at 600 pounds. The fish were tagged from No. 5 Ribbon to Hicks Reef in the North.
The daily award for the most tags went to â€œIona 11â€ with 1 tag, Champion Team and Boat at end of Day 2 was â€œMaitaiâ€ with 2 tags on a count back from â€œJoe Joeâ€, Champion Male Angler Richard Trotter with 2 tags on a count back from Richard Jenkins. Champion Female Angler was still open with the girls not scoring yet.
Fishing picked up on Day 3, with weather conditions still ideal. There were 37 Strikes, 24 hook-ups for 11 tags, with the size range 1 at 100, 3 at 150, 1 at 180, 1 at 200, 1 at 300, 1 at 400, 2 at 600 and 1 at 1000 pounds plus to â€œViking 11â€, which Angler Richard McInnes will claim as an entrant into the Lizard Island 1000 pound Tag & Release Club, subject to the Judgeâ€™s decision.
Champion Team at end of day 3 was still â€œMaitaiâ€ with 2 tags from â€œJoe Joeâ€, Daily Award for the most tags went to â€œReel Ripeâ€ with 2 tags, Champion Male Angler was still Richard Trotter with 2 from Richard Jenkins and Champion Female Angler is now Lydie Fayard.
Day 4 was still slow, but improved, with 35 strikes, 26 hook-ups for 13 tags, with sizes again smaller than previous years, with 1 at 120, 1 at 150, 1 at 160, 3 at 200, 2 at 300, 2 at 400, 2 at 500 and the best of the day 1 at 700 pounds. Overall, at end of Day 4, the stats are 114 strikes, 77 hook-ups for 37 tags, so the fish are winning!
Daily Award Day 4 for the most tags went to the Team on â€œHart Throbâ€ with 3 tags on a count back from â€œWatch Dogâ€, also with 3. Champion Team and Boat is now â€œHart Throbâ€ with 5 tags and Runner-up â€œJoe Joeâ€ , Champion Male Angler Richard Jenkins with 3 tags on a count back from Chris Hart with 3 and Champion Female Angler remains Lydie Fayard with 1 tag.
Day 5 we had 26 strikes, 17 hook-ups and 11 tags, with the fish again unusually small, with 2 at 100, 2 at 150, 4 at 200, 1 at 300, 1 at 450 and 1 at 500 pound. The Daily Award for the most tags went to the Team on â€œKanahoeeâ€ with 2 tags. Champion Team remained â€œHart Throbâ€ with 5 tags and Runner-up is now â€œReel Ripeâ€ with 4 tags. Champion Male Angler Richard Jenkins and Runner-up Chris Hart retained their position with3 tags each. Champion Lady Angler, Lydie Fayard, improved her standing with another tag for a total of 2 and Janet Forster tagged one to claim the Runner-up position.