King of Kings fishing tournament returns to Capricorn Coast

Who will be crowned the next trevally, threadfin and barramundi king?

Australia’s premier fishing tournament, Shimano King of Kings, is set to lure anglers and all ages to the Capricorn Coast from noon 4 February for the chance to win $30,000 worth of cash and prizes.

The three-day competition will be open to fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels and will feature 21 inshore and offshore target species, 35 categories and three gold crowns to be won.

More than 100 teams of saltwater, freshwater, boat, kayak, shore, spear and free-diving fishermen will compete.

When a competitor lands a fish, they take a photo of it on the Shield Traffic brag mat supplied and upload it to the SCF app, logging the species, measurements and other data about their catch.

SCF Australia Project and Event Manager Dean Jackson is thrilled to bring the event to life again in 2021 and said by simply participating and doing what you love, you will play a valuable role in the region’s annual marine survey.

“All fish, of all sizes, are logged in this research,” Mr Jackson said.

“This will create a snapshot of what’s happening in the region and from this data, we can all begin to make better choices about fishing sustainably and in turn, providing a bright future for all Australian anglers.”

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll is delighted to welcome the King of Kings vital research event back to local waters which will benefit many businesses and boost the region’s economy.

“Events like these bring more visitors to our region who fill beds within our accommodation operations, along with injecting funds into tours and attractions, restaurants and retail outlets,” Ms Carroll said.

Returning in a bid to retain their crowns will be last year’s champions Warwick Joyce, Jake Crisholm and Kaiden Nowell.

The tournament launch will be held at Beaches Restaurant in Rosslyn Bay with plenty of entertainment, activities for the kids, as well as product displays and demonstrations by various businesses in the industry and competition partners.

Winners will be crowned at the end of the tournament on Sunday 7 February.

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Image by Shimano King of Kings.