IF YOU have ever wanted to walk the walk of actor Lee Marvin, or talk the talk of novelist Zane Grey, then head to Bermagui this weekend for the annual Bermagui Blue Water Classic game fishing tournament
Entrants in the classic, now in its 77th year, will be following in the fishing footsteps of the two famous Americans who were frequent visitors to the Far South Coast town, chasing its famous marlin off shore.
A NSW Game Fishing sanctioned tournament, competitors who sign-up will also be chasing other fish such as shark, kingfish and tuna, in the waters north or south of Bermagui.
Game fish are well known for their fighting abilities, but the thrill of the chase also gets the adrenalin pumping.
Fishos have said there is nothing better than the thrill of reeling in the biggest fish of your life – and even better when you land the biggest catch of the day in the Blue Water Classic.
With a number of tournament trophies and prizes on offer, there really is something for everyone.
The prize list is extensive with various categories in the tag and release sections as well as the capture.
Prize categories include marlin, other game fish such as yellowfin tuna and shark, junior and lady angler categories, most meritorious, as well as a small fry section and a lucky angler prize.
“There’s more than $40,000 in prizes on offer,” said Scott Bradley, who as owner of Bermagui Fish and Tackle is a major sponsor of the event, as well as president of the town’s Chamber of Commerce.
“Everyone is welcome to enter, from adults to juniors (aged 11-16 years) and what we call ‘small fry’, which is kids under the age of 11.
“As long as you have a saltwater fishing licence and are prepared to obey the rules on bag limit and size restrictions, you can try your luck.”
You can find details on accommodation as well as more information on other activities in the region by visiting the Sapphire Coast website www.sapphirecoast.com.au
The 77th Bermagui Blue Water Classic is proudly sponsored by local and national companies including Shimano, Bermagui Bait & Tackle, Yanmar Marine, Yamaha Australia and Bermagui Country Club.