Bugatti MCA Jul Aug 2012

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[jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=”″]Browse[/jbutton][/jcolumns] [/vc_column_text] [/vc_column] [vc_column width=”1/1″ last=”last”] [vc_column_text width=”1/1″ last=”last”] MONSTER CLASS ANGLERS – ANNUAL TOURNAMENT 2012 TOURNAMENT REPORT By Brandon Khoo From 19 July to 1 August this year, Nomad Sportfishing hosted the 3rd Annual Monster Class Anglers GT Tournament. This was the third year in a row that Nomad has hosted our annual GT tournament. [sws_picture_frame1 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_right” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame1]Monster Class Anglers is a club for GT enthusiasts. We formed the club as a bit of fun in 2009 during one of our GT trips. The main event each year is our annual tournament for our members and friends. Last year, we went to the Bugatti Reef and in 2010, we went to Elusive. For this year, after discussions with Damon, we chose an area north of Bugatti Reef in the vicinity of Knuckle Reef. Our intention was to fish the outer shoals north-east of Knuckle Reef provided the weather played ball. As in the previous two years, we had two back to back bookings to cater for all our members and friends and the tournament would effectively comprise two separate tournaments over the two week slot. The two weeks comprised of two separate groups of anglers although two anglers, Marcio Paes from Brazil and Dominique Draux from Singapore joined the two organizers, myself and Malcolm Crane, in staying for the two weeks. In each week, the groups were competing for the major prizes that were awarded for most GTs captured and also for the largest GT. [sws_picture_frame1 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame1] For this trip, Nomad Sportfishing were bringing out their second Contender for the first time giving us two Contenders and two dories for the trip. An incredibly keen group of anglers boarded the Odyssey on 19 July for week one of the trip. An overnight drive out to the reef saw us arrive in reasonable conditions and before long, we were in the water. For week one, we had Damon, Glanville Nick and Pete as our guides. The weather, however, deteriorated over week 1 which prevented us from getting out to the outer shoals. That, however, was hardly going to stop a group of keen GT anglers! Each day worked on the following basis:
  • Wake up and get fed a massive breakfast by chef Rob
  • Hope into a boat and go out and catch GTs
  • Step off the boat at the end of the day to be handed a cold beer and refreshing cold towel by hostess Nicola
  • Get stuck into the ridiculous and delicious array of snacks prepared by chef Rob as a pre-dinner snack
  • Enjoy a huge three course dinner from chef Rob a little later
  • Fish off the Odyssey after dinner assuming you’re still up to it
  • Sleep off your dinner!
[sws_picture_frame1 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_right” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame1] One of our group, Arnold Joseph (well named seeing he is actually built like Arnie!) thought he had died and gone to heaven. I’m still astounded that anyone can actually eat that much food in a day! Now, in between being ridiculously spoilt by hostess Nicola and fed into oblivion by chef Rob, we actually did manage to do some fishing, and some serious fishing at that. Highlights in week one included:
  • Allan Mekisic landing a beautiful maori wrasse on light tackle
  • Marcio Paes encountering one of the biggest GTs I have ever seen – the fish sucked down his pencil popper in a blue hole and casually swam off before cutting him off on a bommie, all with a minimum of fuss. About the only person who thought he had a chance was Marcio. The rest of us were laughing at the ridiculous size of the fish!
  • Yours truly suffering the rather ignominious experience of being pulled into the water by a GT for the first time in some 12 years of GT fishing. I can’t even claim it was a big fish
  • Shaun Raymond obviously felt sorry for me because he dived in the next day chasing his rod and reel after he had somehow managed to lose his grip on it
  • Joey Sciberras somehow throwing his rod and reel into the water – and declining to dive in after it! Davy Jones now has a nice new Stella and rod to match
  • Arnold Joseph insisting on fishing for GTs without a gimbal. He obviously doesn’t want any (more) children!
  • In 25+ knot conditions, Glanville still managing to get the anglers on his boat onto enough fish that they landed 20 GTs in a day.
[sws_picture_frame1 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame1] While we encountered a number of big fish, no angler was fortunate enough to have luck go their way.  Patrick Coldwell managed to land a nice fish on the second last day and by the end of the trip, noone was able to pip his fish. The battle for most GTs was closely fought between Brendon Dolphin and Marcio Paes with Marcio prevailing on the last day. As in previous years, we also had a prize for the guide of the week with Nick winning the prize for week one. We had a break for one day on Hamilton Island as we waited for the guys in week two to arrive. We bade farewell to our friends as they left that day with four of us staying for a second week. Malcolm Crane took the opportunity to get a massage while on Hamilton to help ease his aching muscles. Before we departed and after a discussion with Damon, we decided to go south to Bugatti Reef instead, primarily because the weather forecast for week 2 made it unlikely that we would be able to get out to the outer shoals off Knuckle Reef. The only change to the Nomad crew was guide Nick Milford being replaced by John Campbell. [sws_picture_frame1 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_right” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame1]The start of week 2 was magic though. We drove out from Hamilton Island in very comfortable conditions and this continued on the first day of the trip. We had absolutely dead flat conditions on the first day making the fusiliers highly visible and a number of anglers took advantage of the conditions to get a score on the board in the battle for the prize for most GTs. Sam Owen managed to land a very nice GT that was bigger than anything landed in week one to give a target for everyone else to chase. The next day though would have had anyone asking if they were in the same location as the previous day! The morning saw conditions blow up to something like 35 knots which made life very interesting, to say the least! Amazingly, the boat which I was on with Glanville had fantastic fishing that day in really challenging conditions. I was busted off twice by very nice fish and we were unfortunate not to hook a couple of big fish that we raised. Still, Steve Kakonyi managed to best Sam’s effort from the previous day after a titanic struggle. The wind was kind enough to drop off in the late afternoon and after that, we had conditions that ranged between 10 – 20 knots for the rest of the trip. As in week one, we were excessively spoilt by hostess Nicola and fed into oblivion by chef Rob. I was actually hopeful before coming on the trip that I might be able to lose some weight over the fortnight – yeah, right! All I can say is that if you are looking to lose weight on a holiday, I don’t think the Nomad therapy is ideal! [sws_picture_frame1 src=”” title=”” alt=”” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame1] Day four proved to be a great day for encountering big fish. Yours truly landed a very nice fish in the morning from a blue hole after guide John had me casting into a bay in a blue hole that just screamed big fish. The fish grabbed a big Carpenter Gamma and by the time we landed the fish, we were over 500m from where the fish was originally hooked. Kasey Leong landed a very impressive fish with guide Pete but we were all topped by Marcio who landed a monster while fishing with Glanville. Nothing could wipe the smile from Marcio’s face as he knew that the chances of anyone topping his effort on the last day were remote at best. On the last day, the two leading competitors for most GTs were Kasey Leong and Dominique Draux. Malcolm Crane happily volunteered to join the two competitors on their boat to “referee” the contest freeing yours truly to just enjoy the fishing on the last day. By the end of the day, Dominique just managed to prevail over Kasey. Marcio managed to encounter another absolute monster late on the last day but was unable to hook up. The fish was absolutely enormous but it is still there waiting for him next time. I can’t finish this report without mentioning Cai Kaiyang’s effort on the last day. Now, Cai has been out with us every year since MCA started the GT tournament concept and has developed a reputation as a …. well …. very relaxed angler (i.e. bludger). He has never been noted for putting in a huge effort but around the middle of the day, Cai accidentally hooked up. He had seen the strike and screamed out to his guide Glanville that it was a big fish. Glanville, who was in the midst of untangling a wind knot, turned one eye up and asked “really? Are you sure?!” One look at Cai’s spool of disappearing line answered his question. Cai, however, had forgotten his gimbal belt and ended up having to fight the fish using a Cush-it. Glanville commentated throughout the fight on the radio. The fish nearly killed Cai but to his credit, he did manage to land the fish. A couple of hours later, his boat passed us and Cai was standing in the front of the boat, thrash talking! Highlights in week two included:  
  • Marcio’s best personal capture which won him the biggest fish prize in week two
  • Cai’s best personal capture on a baby 120g Carpenter Gamma – he won a special prize of a 250g Gamma as a result which everyone wants to see him using on his next trip!
  • The incredible amount of banter between the two anglers competing for most GTs, Kasey Leong and Dominique Draux. Kasey won the battle of the banter hand-down but Dominique had the last laugh in winning the competition for most fish.
  • Kasey landing a ridiculous number of GTs from the mothership in the evenings. He did try to argue that we should add these to his GT tally!
  John Campbell won the guide for the week for week two. In our inaugural GT tournament at Elusive Reef in 2010, John was actually one of the competitors and is a MCA member himself. He has since joined the ranks of the Nomad guides. Overall, a wonderfully enjoyable trip for all who attended the MCA tournament this year. I want to thank all our members and friends who attended this year, particularly our friends from Brazil, Marcio, Celso and Fabio who travelled so far to join us. Congratulations to the prize winners including the two guides of the week, Nick and John. I just can’t say enough about the effort which the Nomad crew went to make the tournament a success for us. Everything was first class from the effort put in by the guides each day, the wonderful hospitality from the hostess Nicola and chef Rob and the work put in each day by captain Andy and deckie Jayden. On behalf of the members of MCA, thanks again to Damon Olsen and his crew on the Odyssey for a wonderful trip all round. Till our next MCA trip in 2013 – Ashmore Reef can’t come soon enough! [divider top =”1″] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=””]Monthly fishing reports[/jbutton] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=””]Browse all guest reports[/jbutton] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=””]Bugatti reef[/jbutton] [jbutton size=”small” color=”black” link=”″]Rates&Dates[/jbutton] [/vc_column_text] [/vc_column]

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