The NSW Mackerel Championships will once again be staged in Coffs Harbour over the Easter long weekend this year. Fished over two full days, Good Friday and Saturday, the presentation lunch will be held on Easter Sunday at what is now known as ‘Game Fish HQ’ – the old Deep Sea Fishing Club.
Being the only event of it’s kind in NSW to target solely Spanish and spotted mackerel, it’s become popular with anglers. With a $5000 cash prize up for the heaviest Spanish and $2000 for the heaviest spotted the event draws entries from as far south as Sydney and as far north as Cairns.
The nature of this unique event attracts trailer boats of all sizes and anglers of all capabilities. Competitors last year ranged from seasoned anglers through to competitors attending their first tournament, typically fishing from 4-5m trailer boats. Following the overwhelming acceptance of the format last year, organizers are prepared for a large field and have formulated special fishing rules for this event to limit the potential number of fish taken.
This year’s launch boundaries have been extended northwards to allow easier access to the Solitary Islands chain, a popular and productive mackerel area. Already fish touching 30kg have been reported and large schools of both types of fish have been seen in close to Coffs Harbour.
There are prizes for both species. Emphasis is on the angler lucky draw with a large prize pool helping keep everyone happy.
For more information, go to www.chgfc.com.au to download entry forms and check the rules or contact the Tournament Director on 0428 659 122. – CHGFCReads: 321