In a first for the south coast, a big game fishing tournament will be held in Victor Harbor waters this Saturday and Sunday (February 7 and 8).
Organisers are hoping to attract more than 150 anglers and up to 50 boats for the inaugural Coast 2 Coast Tuna Tournament, with thousands of dollars worth of high-end fishing equipment up for grabs for the biggest catches.
The competition is being organised by fishing mates Steve Powell and Steve Moeller, who have chased the Southern Bluefin Tuna in Fleurieu waters in recent years.
“It’s been about three years now that the tuna have been coming to the area in good numbers and they’ve been accessible to most trailer boats,” Mr Powell said.
He said the tournament is accessible to many anglers with smaller boats, as tuna can be found within 10 kilometres of the Bluff Boat Ramp.
“It’s not everywhere that you can go out and catch tuna within 10 kilometres, and sometimes they are just around the corner from the bluff.
“You don’t have to drive 40 or 60 kilometres in a boat to catch a tuna,” Mr Powell said.
For more details and to register, see the: Coast 2 Coast Tuna Tournament facebook page.
“We’ve got a long-term goal to continue this and make it one of the best fishing tournaments in South Australia, if not Australia.”
Tacklebusters at Hayborough has donated the main prize of a PENN International game fishing reel, inscribed with the tournament’s logo.
Tacklebusters owner Stuart Walsh said the prizes are worth thousands of dollars and have been donated by the state’s major fishing outlets which are sponsoring the event.
While many anglers have signed up early for the competition, the organisers are unsure how many lastminute entries there will be as anglers wait until the weekend’s weather forecast.
“Saturday is looking quite good at this stage,” Mr Powell said.
Entry costs $50 and camping is available for visiting competitors at the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club.
Mr Powell said he is passionate about building the camaraderie within the fishing community.
“The idea is really to get the fishing community closer together, and because it’s a new competition, it’s a way of everyone to meet each other,” he said.
“Sometimes you might go fishing at the ramp and only say ‘hi’ to maybe one other person that you know.
“This is a whole weekend where people can get together, talk about techniques and what works for them.”
Prizes will be awarded for different categories, including male, female and children.
For more information and to enter, search for the Facebook page ‘Coast 2 Coast Tuna Tournament’ or phone Steve on 0414 275 029.
The Times newspaper will collect photos of anglers with their Tuna catches for an online gallery, with the chance of appearing in the print edition. Send your photos and links to videos to email@example.com by 10am Monday, February 9.