2010 JG Marine & Mowers Spanish Mackerel Shoot-Out

The much anticipated 2010 JG Marine & Mowers Spanish Mackerel Shoot Out was contested over the weekend of 10th and 11th July 2010.

The 15-20 knot forecast reaching 20-25 knots at times meant for trying times as 58 registered anglers did their best to land the best fish they could find.

spanish mackerel shootoutCredit must be given to the team on board “Somewhere”, skippered by Dennis Breadsell, who managed to get Mick Rethus and Craig Breadsell hooked up to some monster spanish mackerel..

The first 2 fish they put on the scales were impressive:- Craig’s first a commendable 17kg while Mick’s first fish at 21.6 kg put him in front of the best fish weighed in on the Saturday that was 18.65kg from Jason Jenkins.

However, when the second mackerel bag was opened up it was clear the competition was just between Craig and Mick. Craig’s 2nd fish was weighed in at 30.50 kg and when Mick’s 2nd fish was weighed at 30.00kg Craig had found himself the winner of the $1200 cash 1st prize in the 2010 JG Marine& Mowers Spanish Mackerel Shoot-out.

Mick Rethus ended up with 2nd and third prizes in the Mackerel section to also take home $750 cash. Some quality Spanish Mackerel caught on Wolf herring, top baits for these big fish.

Spanish Mackerel Comp ShootoutThe Spanish Mackerel mystery weight section saw Chris Ellis score a Reefari one Day Reef fishing trip with his 10.75kg Mackerel being the closest to the 13.5kg mystery mark.

Mitchell Bridson weighed in 2 Spanish Mackerel (16.1kg & 15.4kg) to take out the Junior Heaviest Spanish Mackerel and junior mystery weight Spanish mackerel division to end up with $350 cash.

The new reef fin fish sections also generated a lot of interest this year, however, the strong winds also made it difficult for most people to fish where they wanted, with Coral trout, Nannygai and Red Emperor up for Grabs. Greg Reynolds from Reefari, took out 1st & 2nd prize in the coral trout section and the 1st prize for the nannygai section to walk away with $1000 cash and a $250 rod and reel from Nashys compleat angler.

The biggest of Greg’s fish were a Coral trout weighing 5.00kg gilled & gutted and a Large Mouth Nannygai weighing 7.80kg gilled & gutted, both quality fish in such rough conditions from the Shipping Channel.

A crowd of well over 100 people attended the final weigh in and presentations held on Sunday 11th July at the Mackay Surf Club.

Once again this year the Fisheries research team attended the weigh in sessions and showed the public how they go about their research into determining fish length, age and sex and how the public can get involved in their research activities.

Great to see, and help in Spanish Mackerel research. The other crowd pleaser for the Sunday prize presentations was the lucky draw prizes that included a $400 Tackle World voucher won by Ian Meads, a Tackle World rod and reel won by Warren Meads & Sebastian Evans.

Once again the Mackay Game Fishing Club would like to thank all of the tournament sponsors JG Marine & Mowers, Reefari, Nashy’s Compleat Angler, Tackle World, Hitachi, Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs, CQMS razor, Sea FM, Hot FM, Zinc FM and Bullivants for their contribution to the event and the people of Mackay that made the event the success that is has been.

Thanks must go to the Organiser of the 2010 JG Marine & Mowers Spanish Mackerel Shoot-Out Ian Meads, the president of the Mackay Game fishing club and the committee for the time and effort in putting such an event together. No doubt we will all be lining up in 2011 to do it all over again, and hope to see you next year.