Akuna Bay Cruising Club

Frank Nolan fishes while we Party

Tuesday 22 March, 2011

While many of the ABCC members (including Frank's wife Julie) were preparing for the scheduled annual Beach Bay on Saturday 19 March 2011 and recovering on the Sunday, Frank and the crew of "Reel Time" again participated in the Broken Bay Game Fishing Club's 50th Anniversary Tournament from RMYC Newport.
In all 88 boats were registered and with a prize pool of $140,000 it is the most prestigious tournament after Port Stephens on the East Coast.

The rain was torrential and seas were not good on the Saturday causing about 10 boats to retire before the 5pm 'Stop Fishing' radio call. Only 10 marlin were tagged or captured plus a couple of sharks, yellow fin tuna and Mahi Mahi.

The seas and rain were even worse at dawn on Sunday and only about 40 boats ventured out. "Reel Time" was off Terrigal in about 50 fathoms when the tournament was called off at 9.30am due to dangerous seas, but we had already tagged two Mahi Mahi, in addition to one late on Saturday.
Coming back in at 10.30am we dropped a black marlin (about 70 kg) on a trolled lure just off the Broken Bay heads - but the tournament fishing was over anyway and backing down in 4 metre breaking seas and keeping the crew on board at the same time would have been a challenge.

There was plenty of time to clean up, recover and start repairs the rest of the day at the RMYC with the members and visiting fishos.
At the presentation dinner Frank & Julie's daughter Cassandra Nolan was runner-up Champion Lady Angler. Another memorable weekend's fishing for Reel Time.

Frank Nolan