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Exmouth Game Fishing Club 2017 Newsletter #1
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EGFC Annual Awards Night
The EGFC's Annual Awards Night will be held Saturday, February 11th at 6pm.
Meals are available at a special price of $40 for 3 courses. Bookings are essential and can be made via email: secretary@egfc.com.au. Please RSVP by Feb 7th.
2017 Membership Reminder
All EGFC members are reminded that 2017 membership fees are now due. If you have not previously elected for automatic renewal and payment of your membership, you will need to fill out and return the 2017 membership application form along with payment of fees to keep receiving all the great benefits that come with being an Exmouth Game Fishing Club member. 
Australian International Billfish Tournament
The Australian International Billfish Tournament (AIBT) will once again be hosted by the Exmouth Game Fishing Club this year, and will be held in the lead up to GAMEX from March 12th-15th 2017. This prestigious tournament will feature a range of new categories across a broad spectrum of line classes and species, all with some great cash prizes on offer.
The AIBT starts off on Sunday March 12th with a boat registration and briefing from 6.00pm, followed by a silent boat auction from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The tournament gets underway on Monday March 13th, with lines in for the first two days of fishing being at 8:00am and lines out at 4:00pm. The gantry open from 5:00-7:00pm.
Times for the final day of fishing on Wednesday March 15th are 8:00am out 3:00pm (gantry open from 4:00-6:00pm), followed by the presentation which will commence from 7.00pm.
To see the full list of rules or to enter the 2017 Australian International Billfish Tournament, go to the Tournaments section at: www.egfc.com.au. 
GAMEX 2017
Time is running out to enter for GAMEX 2017! This year's dates for GAMEX are March 17-25, and competitors are encouraged to get their entries in before February 14th to avoid late entry penalties. Download the entry form here or go to: www.gamex.net.au.
New in 2017, first time GAMEX anglers can apply for the GAMEX New Angler Incentive to possibly get FREE entry. For more information, go to: www.gamex.net.au.
GAMEX 2017 features a much more fishing focused line-up compared to the past few years, with the basic schedule of events including - 
Meet and Greet Night - Friday March 17th
A casual evening to catch up with friends. Meet the skippers, anglers, volunteers and committee.  Learn some different rigs or see some new gear.  Open to all participants and the public.
Briefing Night - Saturday March 18th
Starts at 4pm for teams to register with officials. All teams must be registered by 5pm or penalties apply.    
Fishing - Sunday March 19th-24th
Lines in 8am Sunday. See program for further information.
Team Social Night - Tuesday March 21st
A relaxed social evening where anglers can dress up in their team shirts. Prizes, great food and fun times.
Sponsor Appreciation Function - Thursday March 23rd 5-6pm
Complimentary drinks and snacks for sponsors to meet the officials and see the score board & watch a filleting demonstration.
Presentation Night - Saturday March 25th from 6pm.
To view or download the full GAMEX 2017 program, go to: www.gamex.net.au.
GAMEX Secures Three Year State Government Funding
The State Government has signed a three-year deal to sponsor Western Australia’s premier game fishing tournament, GAMEX.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said GAMEX, which will celebrate its 39th anniversary in 2017, attracted more than 200 intrastate, interstate and international competitors ranging from novices to professionals.
“Exmouth is regarded as one of the world’s best fishing destinations with more than 40 different game fish species on offer, including all six Australian billfish species,” Mr Barnett said.
“Fishing is a popular tourism activity, with almost one million overnight visitors in WA participating in a fishing activity during their trip. Hosting events such as GAMEX helps to further promote the State as a fishing hotspot.”
GAMEX will be sponsored from 2017 until 2019 through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said tourism was a rapidly growing industry that had a strong influence on regional development.
“It’s great to see Royalties for Regions investing in events which strengthen the regional economy and provide many social benefits for regional communities,” Mr Redman said.
The Premier said events played an important role in tourism as they attracted visitors, provided media exposure for the destination and added vibrancy to the State.
“We have a strategy in place to increase the value of tourism from the current $9.6 billion to $12 billion by 2020, and hosting events such as GAMEX will help us achieve that goal,” he said.
RecFishing Visions Survey
RecFishing Visions is a survey of Western Australian anglers' fishing habits, reasons and opinions of current fishing rules being conducted by University of Western Australia PhD candidate, Asha McNeill.
The survey aims to identify what types of management options are preferred by communities, with the hope that the research results can contribute to better outcomes for fishers in future. To achieve this, the survey requires participation from recreational fishers of all levels, abilities and regions. Therefore, all EGFC members are encouraged to complete this survey.
The project is not a business enterprise and is non for profit, being funded entirely by the University of Western Australia. As an extra incentive, there is a prize draw to win a $500 prepaid credit card for those who complete it before the 26th of February, 2017. 
The survey is easy to complete and only takes around 15 minutes. To take the survey, go to: www.recfishingvisions.com.
2016 Heavy Tackle Tournament Results
The Exmouth Game Fishing Club’s 2016 Heavy Tackle Tournament was held over the weekend of December 16-18 with 23 boats and 80 anglers competing. Along with many local boats, teams from Victoria, the Northern Territory, Broome, Tom Price, Karratha, Geraldton and Perth also made the long  journey to Exmouth to get in on the fun.
With light winds forecast, a strong running current and some fantastic blue marlin fishing in the weeks leading up to the tournament, the event was shaping up to be a good one, and that was certainly how things panned out on day one. An eddying current formation had pushed the majority of fish further south than what might be considered Exmouth’s ‘normal’ heavy tackle grounds, and a few boats clued into this right from the outset to enjoy some awesome action.
While most crews saw fish throughout the day, by far the standout performer was Pelagic Hooker with Captain Eddy Lawler at the helm who found a great pocket of fish almost all to themselves and went 11-8-7 on blue marlin - a personal best on blues for this very experienced crew. By day’s end, the fleet had tagged 21 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin and 1 black marlin.
Day two dawned with even better conditions and more black marlin appearing in the spreads – the first major run of them off Exmouth for the 2016/17 season. Captain Murray Pattison and the team aboard Waverider had the hot hand on day two with 6 fish for the day to peg back Pelagic Hooker’s huge early lead, and All Bard Up and Hammer Time also had good days to stay in touch with the leaders. Final billfish stats for the day were 17 blue marlin, 9 black marlin and 1 striped marlin tagged, but the highlight of the day’s fishing was a 60.3kg yellowfin tuna for junior angler D’Arcy Bryce aboard Reckless.

Blue marlin comes to the tag pole aboard On Strike.
A stiffening south-westerly wind and increasing swell made things harder for the smaller boats on day three, but despite this the fleet still tagged 9 blue marlin, 4 black marlin and 3 striped marlin. Diversity had the gaffs out and ready when they were on a big blue for an hour and a half but unfortunately lost it close to the boat when the 700lb leader wore through.
In a grandstand finish, Waverider tagged one blue, one black and one striped marlin for a grand slam that ultimately won them the tournament by two fish over Pelagic Hooker who were only able to tag one black marlin for the day. Another three big yellowfin were caught on this final day of fishing, topped off by a 92.9kg keg for Aaron Bailey aboard Hold On which won the Heaviest Tuna section.
 

Aaron Bailey's 92.9kg yellowfin aboard Hold On.
Total stats for the tournament were 190 marlin raised, 139 hooked and 67 tagged, which was comprised of 47 blue marlin, 14 black marlin and 6 striped marlin. This is amongst the highest number of blue marlin ever tagged in an Australian game fishing tournament which gives some indication of the quality of Exmouth’s summer blue marlin fishery.
The Exmouth Game Fishing Club would like to thank the tournament’s major sponsors Network Power Solutions, Shimano, Bonze Lures and Tackle World Exmouth, as well as all teams who competed in what was a very successful and enjoyable event. The Exmouth Game Fishing Club Heavy Tackle Tournament will be on again in 2017/18 with a new Australia Day long weekend timeslot. For more information on the 2017/18 event, visit: www.egfc.com.au or: www.facebook.com/heavytackle2016.

The crew from Waverider collecting their prizes for Winning Boat Overall.
2017 Tantabiddi Camp Out
The Tantabiddi Camp Out is a relaxed fishing event that many locals enjoy. Held at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park,  the weekend is very casual with lots of swimming, cricket, socialising, relaxing and fishing.
The 2017 Tantabiddi Camp Out was held over the weekend of January 7th.  Riley Smith took out the heaviest Charlie court cod, while Jake Fitz and Daniel Charsley took out the hotly contested section of most species caught and released from the shore. The two boys managed to catch, photograph and release 23 different species, which is a great effort for the 2 day event.
The other prized section is the heaviest fish caught on a kids combo.  Kurt Decker took out this adult section with a 3.6kg spango and Riley Smith took out the junior section with a 1.65kg mackerel. Each participant is given a kids combo when they enter, plus two meals, which is great value for the entry fee of just $30.  Yardie Homestead Caravan Park also offers free camping and discounted rates on accommodation for entrants. Thanks go to Exmouth Tackle & Camping and Yardie Homestead Caravan Park for supporting yet another great event.
The 2018 Tantabiddi Camp Out will be held on the weekend of January 5th-7th. Come out and enjoy one of the most relaxed events of the year at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park where all holiday cabin accommodation will be 10% off and camping is FREE! Be sure to book ahead though, as this popular event gets booked out well in advance. Drop into or call Exmouth Tackle & Camping in the Ross Street Mall to enter.
EGFC 2017 Event Calendar
The EGFC's tournament dates for 2017 have now been finalised. We have a diverse range of events scheduled for 2017, so there's something for fishos of all inclinations.
Annual Awards Night                                                            11th February 
Australian International Billfish Tournament*                   12th - 15th March
GAMEX*                                                                                  17th - 25th March
Annual General Meeting                                                      28th April
Masters Billfish Tournament*                                               12th - 14th May
Exmouth Classic Reef Fishing Tournament                      23rd - 25th June
Ladies Day                                                                              26th August
Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival                                              September (dates TBC)
Australian Junior Billfish Tournament*                               29th September - 1st October
Billfish Bonanza*                                                                   19th – 22nd October
EGFC Christmas Party                                                          10th December
Tantabiddi Camp Out                                                            5th -7th January, 2018
Heavy Tackle Tournament*                                                  26th -28th January, 2018
GAMEX 2018                                                                          16th - 24th March

* Indicates GFAA sanctioned events.
For more information on EGFC events, visit our website: www.egfc.com.au.
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