Anglers hope to see action like this at the weekend.
Anglers hope to see action like this at the weekend. Rick O'Ferrall

Game anglers go all in for Heavy Tackle

THIS is the biggest weekend of the year for local big game fishermen, with the Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club's Heavy Tackle tournament running on both Saturday and Sunday.

The trouble with game fishing is that it must be one of the world's worst spectator sports - plenty of action on a big fleet of boats, but all taking place 30km off the beach with no live coverage.

There will be a lot of game boats leaving the harbour at first light, and when they come home in the late afternoon, the only sign of the excitement and spectacle that's taken place out there over past 10 hours at sea will be the small tag flags fluttering from the outrigger poles on some of the boats.

The upside is that it won't take long for some of the action video from the GoPro cameras mounted on most boats will start springing up on websites and Facebook pages within a few days, and next Saturday's game fishing column will hopefully be full of some great stories and photos.

So with the weather finally starting to clear, boats from as far away as Queensland all ready to go, and the marlin that have been missing for weeks riding the East Australian Current back along the continental shelf off the Coffs Coast, it's all go for the big event... watch this space.

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