The 2013 Cloughy Challenge went off great guns, with 43 entrants diving the coastal waters between Bowen in the north and Cape Palmerston in the south to as far east as you dare to travel over the two day period, with all enjoying this years prime weather and great tides.
The mandatory sign on and safety brief Friday afternoon ran all participants through the competitions rules, explaining the aim of the three fish rule and the most meritorious fish. It also gave everyone a chance to meet and collect their sign on gift of either a Pelaj gun bag or Cloughy Challenge fish tub.
The weekend’s diving went well with no incidents or injuries and all divers made it back for the 4pm weigh in on Sunday afternoon. The fish weighed in were spectacular with the most meritorious fish being a 37.6 kg Spanish shot by Adam Smith from Townsville and plenty of other quality fish like Small and Large Mouth Nannygai, Mangrove Jacks and Fingermark, Golden Trevally, Assorted Coral Trout, Emperor and Mackerel Species, Parrotfish and the list goes on.
Division’s Winners below:
Sub-Juniors – Daniel Russle
· Juniors – Tim Shailer
· Intermediate Mens – Cameron Pratt
· Open Mens – David Hicks
· Veterans – Rob Shailer
· Masters – Adam Smith.
Again we would like to thank our Major Sponsors: Tackleworld Mackay, Adreno Spearfishing, Beuchat Australia, Aimrite Spearguns, Edge Spearguns, NRG Industrial, Penetrator Composite Freedive Fins, Extreme Spearfishing & Shane Morrison Marine for their support in this years Cloughy Challenge and are looking forward to a bigger and better event in 2014.
Report by Matt Lyons.