Akuna Bay Cruising Club

'Reel Time' wins Game Fishing Tournament

Friday 23 March, 2007

ABCC boat 'Reel Time' a 36SC Riviera from D arm, skippered by Frank Nolan, last weekend 17-18 March 2007 was the Champion Boat 'Tag & Release' in the 14th annual Broken Bay Game Fishing Club Invitational Tournament.

'Reel Time' with only a crew of 3 (instead of its normal off-shore fishing crew of 6+), trolled down the 'shelf' , the 100 fathom line- about 30-40nm off-shore) to Broken Bay after a month berthed at the Anchorage, Port Stephens. By 10am on Day One, 2 marlin had been tagged and released by 'Reel Time' off Nora Canyons, a Striped Marlin estimated at 80kg to crew Richard Noonan and a Black Marlin of about 60kg to Cassandra Nolan. Both took a trolled lure on 24 kg line on 'stand-up' rods, taking 40 minutes and 20 minutes to tag, remove hooks and more wisely swim away respectively. A 3rd marlin was hooked but lost at 3pm in 40 fathoms off Broken Bay.

On Saturday evening at the RMYC Pittwater the crews & friends from the 70 boats participating heard that 'Reel Time' was leading the T&G competition with 20,000 points and a sponsor's voucher for $250 was awarded.

Sunday was wet and windy, with few fish seen and fewer tagged which was lucky for 'Reel Time', with a further reduced crew but finding 2 emergency volunteers (one who had never fished and probably never will again). That evening at the Tournament Dinner the final award confirmed 'Reel Time' was Champion Boat on a count-back. Cassandra Nolan won the Champion Lady Angler and was 2nd overall. The word is that the prizes were sufficient to tempt Frank to take-up tournament fishing full-time. Also he has enough Xmas and birthday presents for Julie for some time to come.

Earlier this month, former ABCC Commodore Keith Turner joined Reel Time as helmsman for the Ladies Day Tournament at Port Stephens on the Tuesday between the 2 main weekends of off-shore game fishing that attracted 220 vessels. Keith can tell that story.

Frank Nolan
Skipper 'Reel Time'