Tough Seas Fail To Dampen 49th Interclub
The 2011 Nautilus Boat Insurance Interclub Tournament is well regarded as one of the strongest game fishing events on the Australian calendar.
Anglers come from all parts of Australia to fish from virtually any boat capable of getting out to the shelf and back. Whether a trailer boat or dedicated 50’ game boat, the lure of deep sea game fishing bonds anglers at this iconic event.
Once again the number of boats entered at 174 was impressive as was the entry list of almost 900 anglers.
The best fishing was had on the opening weekend of the tournament which saw flat and calm seas that translated to comfortable fishing conditions. Skippers reported excellent catches on the first two days. The Force set a high benchmark on day 2 when the crew tagged seven marlin, the highest daily total for the event.
If the opening weekend was spectacularly calm, the second weekend was the exact opposite with fierce weather kicking up 3m seas on day 3. Tournament officials wisely cancelled fishing on day 3, but with the weather abating slightly on day 4 crews bashed their way offshore in search of big fish.
Overall the tournament was another great success with a total of 335 fish tagged and released. Of these 242 were marlin, 22 yellow fin tuna, 12 striped tuna and 187 sharks. The heaviest shark taken was a tiger shark which weighed in at 356.60 kgs.
“This was the second year of Nautilus Marine’s sponsorship of the Interclub and we remain very pleased with our association,” said Lyndon Turner, CEO of Nautilus Marine.
“The game fishing people are passionate and responsible anglers and boaters. We are again pleased to be able to give something back to the people who support Nautilus Marine. Naturally we have a heavy emphasis on safe boating and a commitment to tag and release fishing.”
“We are also delighted that the vast majority of fish captured are tagged and released. This is a wonderful accolade for the game fishing community and the superb conduct of this event.”
“With 2012 the year of the landmark 50th Interclub event, we are already working on making the 2012 Nautilus Boat Insurance Interclub Tournament a memorable one.”
With over 125 years of marine insurance expertise between the senior Nautilus Marine executives, Nautilus Marine is absolutely committed to providing high levels of customer service, backed by local knowledge.
Nautilus Marine Insurance Agency is a wholly Australian owned insurance agency that provides insurance programs for boat owners and for the marine industry. This insurance is issued by Nautilus Marine Insurance Agency Pty Ltd (ABN 34 100 633 038 AFSL 227186) on behalf of certain underwriters at Lloyd’s. Nautilus Marine has offices across Australia.