The CABO Hatteras Billfish Shootout 2013 was held over the weekend with Castille Charters coming Runner Up Champion Boat on count back with 2 blue marlins tagged and Champion Female. We also tagged our Champion Females blue marlin with a satellite tag. That sat tag was the only tag deployed for the weekend. The tournament was held over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday with the weather on Saturday being a fair bit better than the weather on Sunday. Congrats to all the other prize winners from the weekend and we look forward to doing it all again next year. For more information of the last weekends tournament go to the Gold Coast Game Fish Club website.
Castille Charters deployed the first and only Satellite Tag in the “Great Northern Gold Coast IGFA Great Marlin Race” for the weekend into a blue marlin for our Champion Female Angler – Katie Ripper. This is the 3rd Satellite Tag Castille Charters has deployed with “The Great Marlin Race”. The first two tags were deployed in 2011, during the 25th anniversary Lizard Island Game Fish Club (LIGFC) Black Marlin Classic, identified as “fish 3” and “fish 5”. These two tags were deployed into very health and large black marlins with “fish 5” in first place traveling a massive 2,739 nautical miles and “fish 3” in second place at 2,325 nautical miles. The “Blacks vs. Blues” competition with 25th anniversary Lizard Island Game Fish Club (LIGFC) Black Marlin Classic and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament was clearly won by the Lizard Island black marlin tagged by Castille Charters. Click here to view the map of the 5 satellite tags deployed during that race. It’s very interesting to see how far some fish travel and how some just stayed relatively close to where they were tagged.
The “Great Marlin Race” is a global conservation research collaboration. The concept of the race is a competition within the competition whereby out of all the marlins tagged with a sat tag during the respective tournament, the marlin that travels the furthest distance wins. The purpose of the tags is to collect research data on these fish, the race just makes it a fun way to get the fishing community involved. The satellite tags will pop off approx 180 days after being deployed and send valuable data back to the lab at Stanford University. The tags relay data regarding species movements, water temperate, data on the ocean and many other things so we can better understand these fish and the ocean they live in.
To keep up to date with our blue marlin tagged in the Great Northern Marlin Race, visit the Gold Coast Game Fish Clubs website http://www.gcgfc.com.au/ or visit the Great Marlin Race http://greatmarlinrace.org/.