Tagging program statistics

DPI would like to recognise the boats and anglers that have provided exceptional contributions to the program over the past season. These boats and anglers are listed in the tables below with the numbers of fish that they tagged over the season. We will continue to develop these summaries and acknowledge the strong supporters of the tagging program in future years.

Key species tagged from 2010 to 2017

Key species tagged during 2017/2018

The 2017/2018 game fishing season ended on June 30, 2018 and resulted in over 13,000 fish tagged.

The top ten species tagged are given in the table below.

Key species tagged 2017/2018

Species

Number tagged

BLACK MARLIN

3414

STRIPED MARLIN

1809

SOUTHERN BLUEFIN TUNA

1359

SAILFISH

1114

BLUE MARLIN

1109

YELLOWTAIL KINGFISH

844

DOLPHINFISH

362

WHALER SHARK

352

SAMSONFISH308
BRONZE WHALER225

Top tagging boats and anglers 2017/2018

Species

Top boat

Runner up boat

Billfish combined

155 – Pole Dancer (QLD) Sunshine Coast GFC

149 – Mistress (QLD) Gold Coast GFC

Black Marlin

129 - Pole Dancer (QLD) Sunshine Coast GFC

91 – Reel Capture (QLD) Sunshine Coast GFC

Blue Marlin
(International)

93 - Blue Marlin Magic (Tonga) Vava’u SFC

13 - Stephanie (PNG) New Britain GFC

Blue Marlin (Australia)

81 - Mistress (QLD) Gold Coast GFC

38 - Caboom (QLD) Gold Coast GFC

Striped Marlin

58 – Flying Dutchman (NSW) Eden S & GFC

57 – She Left (NSW) Bermagui BGAC

Sailfish

97 - Get N Any (QLD) Weipa Billfish Club

78 – Wine Down (QLD) Weipa Billfish Club

Shortbill Spearfish

2 – Not a Word (TAS) Tuna Club of Tasmania, The Master (NSW) Botany Bay GFC

1 - (16 Recreational Vessels)

Swordfish

7 – Home Straight (VIC) Bass Straight GFC

5 - Cleavedge (NSW)

Shark combined

65 – Wet Dreams (WA) King Bay GFC

50 - Tantrum (NSW) Sydney GFC

Mako Shark

11 – Casey (NSW) Sydney GFC

6 – 4 Play (TAS) GFC of Northern Tasmania, Smart Bill (NSW)Sydney GFC

Blue Shark

4 – Bluefin II (VIC) Bass Straight GFC, South Wind (VIC) Bass Straight GFC, Stik Face II (VIC) Warnambool Offshore FC

3- Baitwaster (SA) Port MacDonnell OAC, Longshot (VIC) Bass Straight GFC, Mr Magoo (NSW) Port Hacking GFC, Papa Zulu (TAS) St.Helens GFC, Reckless (NSW) Shellharbour GFC, The General Lee (TAS) GFC of Northern Tasmania

Tiger Shark

6 – French Maid (WA) King Bay GFC

5 – Get Reel (NSW) Newcastle & Port Stephens GFC

Whaler Shark

58 – Wet Dreams (WA) King Bay GFC

47 - Tantrum (NSW) Sydney GFC

Hammerhead Shark

9 – Asalt Weapon (NSW) Port Macquarie GFC

6 – Up 4 It (NSW) Shellharbour GFC

Thresher Shark

1 – Lagoon (VIC), Shaitun (NSW) Bermagui BGAC, The Hulk (NSW) Eden S & GFC

Tuna combined

347 – Broadbill (SA) GFC of SA

149 - Meerkat (VIC) Warrnambool Offshore & Light  GFC

Yellowfin Tuna

6 - Tagged by Commercial Vessel (NSW)

4 – Big Blue (NSW) Broken Bay GFC, Mistress (QLD) Gold Coast GFC

Southern Bluefin Tuna

347 – Broadbill (SA) GFC of SA

149 - Meerkat (VIC) Warrnambool Offshore & Light GFC

Bigeye Tuna

1 - Tagged by Commercial Vessel (NSW)

Albacore Tuna

10 - Mayphine (TAS) GFC of Northern Tasmania, Never Satisfied (TAS) Tuna Club of Tasmania

7 – Grey Ghost (TAS) Tuna Club of Tasmania, Ocean Pearl (TAS) Tuna Club of Tasmania, Shock Wave (TAS) GFC of Northern Tasmania

Longtail Tuna

7 – Hardline (QLD) Mackay GFC, Striper (QLD) Weipa Billfish Club, Time Out (QLD) Mackay GFC

6 – Mofo (QLD)

Dogtooth Tuna

3 - Big Cat Tender (QLD)

Spanish Mackerel

12 – Hardline (QLD) Mackay GFC, Wet Dreams(WA) King Bay GFC

7 – Time Out (QLD) Mackay GFC

Mahi Mahi

30 – Hooked Up (NSW)

16 - Nemo (NSW) Broken Bay GFC

Yellowtail Kingfish

80 - Reel Therapy (SA) Absolute Fishing Charters

78 – Ocean Hunter (NSW) Ocean Hunter Sports Fishing Charters

Species

Top boat

Runner up boat

Billfish

85 – Barry Alty (QLD) Gold Coast GFC

76 – Darryl French (NT) Weipa Billfish Club

Shark

60 – Chloe Hornhardt (WA) King Bay GFC

37 – Phil Turner (NSW) St.George SFC

Tuna

150 – Rolf Czabayski (SA) GFC of SA

88 – Jan Oosthuizen (VIC) Warrnambool Offshore & Light GFC

Seriola

78 – Vic Levett (NSW) Ocean Hunter Sports Fishing Charters

59 – Scott Lihou (SA)