Results 2017 There were 27 junior anlgers and 11 boats that fished the Australian Junior Billfish Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Some teams came from Perth and Melbourne to get out and enjoy the opportunity to catch a marlin or sailfish during the 2day event. Kids as young as 3 were entered and enjoyed learning about how to work as a team onboard to target billfish. Prizes were awarded for the first sailfish and marlin tagged daily and went to the following: 1st Sailfish Day 1- Jake Fitzgerald 1st Marlin Day 1- Zac Owens 1st Sailfish Day 2- Will Roche 1st Marlin Day 2- Jaxon Kabelka There are 3 divisions of the teams that include juniors who are 11 or over, small-fry (under 11) and mixed. The winners were: Champion Team Small Fry- Nail It with Zac Owens and Jake Owens Champion Team Mixed- In Deep with Jake Fitzgerald, Jet Worsteling and Kalvin Gates Champion Team Junior- Azura with Jesse Sutton and Will Roche It was a tight finish with the runner up team for the mixed section (Sin Bin with Jaxon Kabelka and Lachlan Morton) tagging their fish to equal the points just eight minutes after team In Deep. A massive thanks goes to all the sponsors, Home Hardware, Woodside, Turbine Services, Penn, Tackle World Exmouth, Bonze Lures and Eyre Rods. Also thanks to the organisers and crews who help make this event happen for the kids. Some crews don’t even have their own kids, but offered their boats to take kids out with their parents to learn about the methods, fun, team effort and tagging program that we have for billfishing. Every child that entered received a tournament shirt and if they didn’t win a trophy, they walked away with prizes, knowledge, knew skills, new friends and great memories. A big congratulations to all the kids that competed and got out for the two days to target these species. Book ahead for next year’s event that will be September 21-24, 2018 (long weekend for WA).
2017 Australian Junior Billfish Tournament* Sept 29th-Oct 1st Entry form here or below for entry form. Rules here and below.
The Australian Junior Billfish Tournament is proudly sponsored for the next 3 years by Woodside.
RESULTS 2016 The 2016 Australian Junior Billfish Tournament (AJBT) was a great success.
The 2016 Australian Junior Billfish Tournament was held on Friday and Saturday, as 9 teams with 22 anglers headed out to target sailfish and marlin. The crews started early with Will Cunningham aboard On Strike tagging the first marlin at 845am on the first day. There were 6 marlin tagged on day one and many cheeky grins from excited youngsters as they talked among mates at the clubhouse that night. Day two had a calm start and Trent Gregory tagged the first sailfish at 810am, followed by Trent also tagging the first marlin at 945am aboard Ningaloo. There were 8 billfish tagged on day 2. The tagged fish comprised of 10 black marlin and 4 sailfish, with some fish estimated over 100kg. Coen Bryce, Jake Fitzgerald and Tait Missen all tagged their first ever billfish. The winning teams were Champion Team Junior. Team Azura with William Roche and Jessi Sutton Runner-up was team Grand Slam with Hayden Michaels and Liam Collins Champion Team Mixed. Team Kajiki with Riley Smith, Tait Missen and Summer Missen Runner-up was team Ningaloo with Trent Gregory and Jake Fitzgerald Champion Team Small Fry. Team Reckless with Zac Owens, Lincoln Bryce and Coen Bryce Captain Eddy Lawler won Champion Skipper, while Captain Ben Knight was runner-up. Interestingly, there were two kids with broken arms that fished and one with a broken collar bone! Despite the recent injuries, the keen anglers got out on the water in some testing seas and tagged some great fish. There were fantastic prizes for each section including days out on charter boats, Penn rods and reels, lures, caps, travel bags, signed books from Dr Julian Pepperell and Paul Worsteling, and of course some great trophies to take home. Every child received a shirt valued at $60 and entry was only $25, thanks to the sponsors of Home Hardware Exmouth, Woodside, Turbine Services Australia, Penn reels, Clipsal, Peak Sportfishing Adventures, On Strike Charters and Ningaloo Sportfishing Charters. This event is well suited for juniors, with fishing grounds just minutes from launching facilities, plus a choice of sailfish, black, blue or striped marlin. There were boats available for juniors to fish aboard, so if you missed out this year, make sure you ask about the 2017 event, which is tentatively scheduled for the middle weekend (first weekend is Exmouth 50th celebrations) of the school holidays in September.