Boats ready for tuna classic

TUNA: The weather forecast for the weekend could mean boats competing in the Riviera Tuna Classic are out on the water for one day instead of the usual day and a half.
TUNA: The weather forecast for the weekend could mean boats competing in the Riviera Tuna Classic are out on the water for one day instead of the usual day and a half.

A TOTAL of 17 boats, including an all-female crew on board ‘Just a Girl’ will compete in 12th Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic this weekend.

The competition allows up to four anglers on board to use a 10-kilogram line to ‘catch and release’ southern bluefin tuna within the designated fishing zone - only keeping a fish if they believe it will be classified as the heaviest.

A briefing night and Calcutta will be held at the Marina Hotel from 6pm on Friday, March 16 with a shotgun start to kick off the competition from the marina at 8am on Saturday morning.

While boats are usually off-shore until Sunday afternoon, the weather and the forecast large swell may see the second day cancelled. 

Event organiser Peter Teakle said the competition was always strong but the anglers and skippers involved all respected the rules and had a great time.

“Some years when over 400 fish have been caught only a few have been kept as the crews challenge for the heaviest fish and the prized trophy.”

He said the scheduled radio updates were a spirited part of the competition with every crew listening with anticipation as to the weight and number of fish caught.

The presentation night will be held at The Line and Label.