ANGLERS hungry for a battle with the "stallions of the sea" will line up at Nelson Bay on Saturday for the 51st Nautilus Boat Insurance Interclub Tournament.
More than 700 fishermen from 165 boats will take part in the competition, which kicks off at 7.30am and takes place across the weekend.
"Game fishing is the most exciting of all fishing," NSW Game Fishing Association president David Litchfield said.
"If an angler on a boat hooks up to a marlin, the marlin will fight like hell. It's a real adrenalin rush. They are nicknamed the stallions of the sea."
Mr Litchfield said competition will be fierce between the NSW clubs because Newcastle and Port Stephens group have won the tag and release category for the past seven years.
The promise of tagging a 2-metre marlin or 500-kilogram tiger shark can result in anglers wrestling with the big fish for several hours.
Port Stephens is recognised as one of the best places in NSW to catch marlin.
Boats will travel through the port into Nelson Bay harbour Saturday morning.
The best vantage points will be on the outer breakwater at Nelson Bay.