The Coast 2 Coast Tuna Competition will be held on February 9 and 10 and it will be the fifth successive year the event will take place. In 2018, the event attracted 83 boats with 275 entrants and in 2019, organiser Steve Powell said they are hoping to crack the “magical 100 boats”.
This year there will be one team which will attract a lot of attention and they are not hitting the high seas to make up the numbers. The team is Justagirl, which is made up of 10 women, who will compete in the tuna competition on two boats.
Skipper, Tracey Tito is a regular at fishing competitions and has assembled a star studded team, including Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie and City of Victor Harbor mayor Moira Jenkins.
“We will get the message out there that girls can be in charge of a boat, have a lot of fun and catch Tuna. This is a great event, as you not only get to catch Tuna, but you meet new people. I will be surprised if you do not make 20 new friends.,” Tracey said.
Rebekha Sharkie is the Federal Parliament co-chair for Recreational Fishing.
“I cannot wait to be part of the team. Fishing is not just good fun, but it is an economical boost to the region. Women are 50 per cent of the population and fishing is a fantastic sport to be part of and I am a big supporter of women in sport. My goal is to catch the biggest Tuna,” Ms Sharkie said.
Moira Jenkins said the competition helps promote Victor Harbor as one of the best kept fishing secrets in the state. “I am looking forward to catching the Tuna and for the women to show the men how to fish. It will also be interesting to see first hand how the Bluff Boat Ramp works at its peak,” Dr Jenkins said.
Steve Powell said the prizes would be around $20,000 in 2019. “We are coming into our fifth year so we would like the whole south coast to either enter or spectate. We like the way the community has embraced this tournament and it is the reason we come back. Victor Harbor should be the premier fishing spot in South Australia,” he said.
To enter visit coast2coasttunatournament2019 or at Tacklebusters in Maude Street.