NICE HAUL: John Edwards (left), of Burnie, and Luke Saunders, of Stowport, with their championship trophies. Picture: Stuart Wilson.JUST 12 months after taking up the sport, game fisherman Luke Saunders is hooked.
And the 19-year-old Stowport angler has good reason to be following a successful weekend out at the 2012 Club Marine 24th Australian Bluefin Tuna Championships at Eaglehawk Neck.
Close to 280 anglers and 74 boats took to the waters for the biannual event, run by the Tuna Club of Tasmania.
Under the guidance of veteran Burnie angler John Edwards, Saunders claimed the title of the heaviest southern bluefin tuna for the competition, reeling in the 15kg beauty in the first few hours of the competition last Friday morning.
“The one I caught was just a goldfish compared to some that were down there,” Saunders said.
“It fought a bit when I hooked it and then when it got to the boat, but it probably only took 10 minutes or so to (reel) it in.”
Fellow angler Peter Bailey, of Hobart, who was aboard the same boat, also claimed the title of the heaviest southern bluefin tuna caught by an adult male, with his fish also weighing in at 15kg.
The men, aboard Edwards’ 7.5m aluminium cabin cruiser named The Other Woman also managed to take home the title of the highest points score team.
It was an amazing feat by the anglers, considering just 10 fish were weighed over the two days, with just six making line class.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.