Ski boat Fest: timed right for fun

2011-07-06 00:00

SHELLY Beach is the place to be these school holidays as the Mallards/Mercury Ski Boat festival gets under way from today until Saturday.

Comedian Barry Hilton and SA Idols winner Elvis Blue are among the top entertainers at the festival.

James Carlsen of Hairy Munster Productions said the festival is in its 11th year after 10 successful events, and it has gained popularity with both anglers and sponsors as one of the calendar highlights in the South Coast.

He said the festival was purposely set to coincide with school holidays and the timing offers optimal fishing tides and the annual sardine run, which usually brings in the best predator fish.

“The last three years have seen some amazing yellow-fin tuna catches as well as king mackerel (couta) and a wide assortment of game fish, which regularly follow the sardines up the coast,” Carlsen said.

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