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MEDIA RELEASE - Week one winner takes home top prize

29 April 2019

First week luck has paid off for a keen angler who has taken home the top prize of the 2019 Hooked on Tuna fishing competition.

Melbourne based fisherman Martin Rombolas was announced as the overall competition winner on Saturday afternoon, successfully holding first place on the leader board for three weeks with his 104kg gutted and gilled tuna.

Mr Rombolas, an experienced angler in Portland waters, said it was sensational to finally reel in a 100kg tuna.

“Portland is a fantastic place to fish and I’m always down here fishing, I’ve recently purchased a house in the city just so I can come and fish more easily,” he said.

“This is the first time I have ever caught a 100kg plus tuna, so it really is icing on the cake to take home the top prize of the competition because of this exciting catch. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

Second place was awarded to Melbourne angler Chris Melideo, who reeled in a 98.6kg tuna during week two of the competition. Third place went to James Cauchi, also from Melbourne, who caught a 75kg tuna during the second week.

The competition, which was set to host one last weekend of entries, was called off due to dangerous weather conditions. All three winners were announced at the Portland Yacht Club on Saturday afternoon, sharing in $12,000 worth of cash and prizes.

Competition presentations were followed by guest speakers Peter Pakula and Dr Julian Pepperell, recognised as industry experts in lures and tuna behaviour respectively.

Glenelg Shire tourism and events manager Michael Cottee said despite the poor weather conditions, the competition once again ended on a high.

“Over the past month Portland has proven its title as the tuna fishing capital of Australia with keen anglers travelling from right across the country to reel in a record breaking tuna haul, including our competition winner Martin Rombolas and pending world record holder Darren Buttigieg and his 103kg catch,” he said.

“We received just over 200 entries over the three week period, a record amount for the short timeframe, which was attributed largely to the prime fishing conditions in the lead up to the competition and widespread media coverage.

“However the success of this year’s competition can once again be attributed to hard work of our competition partners, the Portland Sports Game Fishing Club and the Portland Lions Club, as well as our competition sponsors.

“We thank them for their extensive support in coordinating and championing the month long event and we look forward to returning once again in 2020.”

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