The Gorilla Game Fishing team were proud to compete in the inaugural Port Douglas Marlin Challenge. The competition was hosted by the Port Douglas Game Fishing Club (PDGFC) with all boats berthed at Meridien Marina Port Douglas.
The Port Douglas Marlin Challenge was founded by PDGFC president Terry Murphy and was held over four days between Friday the 12th of November and Tuesday the 16th of November with Sunday the 14th designated as a golf day.
10 Boats took part this year and enjoyed the type of fishing that the Great Barrier Reef is famous for. There was frenetic action across all four days of the tournament with 26 Hook Ups and 12 Marlin tagged.
Another vessel in the competition was Calypso Mango who landed a grander during the tournament.
After some fantastic fishing over the four days it very much came down to the wire between Gorilla and Spartacus during the last hour of fishing. Spartacus held a good lead over Gorilla but at 5.33pm all hell broke loose aboard Gorilla with a triple hook up ensuring a very busy skipper and crew.
Two out of the three strikes resulted in hook ups but sadly one of the fish was dropped, all was not lost with Terry Murphy bring in a beautiful 400 pound fish which closed the gap on Spartacus.
In the end the gap to Spartacus could not be closed and eventually ran out worthy winners for 2010.
The to five placings for 2010 were,
1st – Spartacus
3rd – Calypso Mango
4th – Reel Impression
5th – Rat Bag
The entire Gorilla Game Fishing crew would like to thank Terry Murphy and his hard working team for putting on a top class tournament and look forward to being part of the 2011 event.