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Lizard Island Australia 2012

A marlin leaps for Team Afishionado.
Team Kekoa releases a tagged marlinPhotos courtesy of Kelly Dalling Fallon, Thanks Kelly!

Lizard Island, Australia 2012 Race Complete

With the assistance of IGFA Representative Bob Lowe, the IGFA Great Marlin Race went to Lizard Island, Australia in October 2012 for the 26th Annual Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic! A total of five tags were generously sponsored by Lizard Island Game Fish Club member Peter Teakle. The first tag was deployed on the sixth day of the tournament, October 26, 2012, on a 400 kg (880 lb) black marlin that was released in perfect condition. The fish was caught by Tim Ballantine and tagged by Jack Graham aboard Afishionado. The remaining four tags were reissued to other boats in The Cairns Professional Game Fish Association, also fishing off of Lizard Island, the following week. On November 2, 2012, Roger Kuhnel on Moana III tagged a 544 kg (1200 lb) black marlin. The angler, Douglas Perry, described his fish as “huge, strong, and healthy!” Three days later, on November 5, 2012, S. Sruat aboard Iceman tagged a 400 kg (880 lb) black marlin caught by Luke Cefai. Two days after that, on November 7, 2012, the fourth tag was deployed by Ross Finlays on on a 200 kg (440 lb) black marlin caught by 16 year old Harry Davies aboard Top Shot. The black was his very first marlin! The final tag was deployed on November 11, 2012 by Chase Hopper from Kekoa on a 360 kg (794 lb) black at Spur Reef. The angler, Scotty Taylor, described his fish as being in “excellent condition.”

We are pleased to announce that all of the tags in this race were reported. On December 7, 2012, Tag 4 surfaced 91 nm from where it was deployed. On December 15, 2012, Tag 2 reported just six nm from the starting point. On December 29, 2012, Tag 3 reported 1,360 nm away from where it was deployed. The next tag to surface was Tag 5 on January 19, 2013, an astonishing 2,577 nm away from where it was deployed! The last tag to surface was Tag 1 on January 25, 2013, with a distance 356 nm.

Congratulations to Team Kekoa! Team Kekoa’s marlin has officially been declared the winner of the 2012 Lizard Island Great Marlin Race! On November 11, 2012, the massive 360 kg (794 lb) black marlin was tagged by Chase Hooper after a 10 minute fight with Scotty Taylor aboard the Kekoa. The fish swam a total of 2,577 nautical miles in only 69 days. To date, this distance is the second longest track recorded in the IGMR. Coming in second place in the Lizard Island 2012 IGMR was team Iceman. Tagger S. Sruat and angler Luke Cefai’s enormous 400 kg (882 lb) black marlin swam 1,360 nautical miles in just 54 days. To date, this distance is the fourth longest track recorded in the IGMR.