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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

With the weather window once again ‘open’ there have been some more great reports coming in from SEQ.

Nick Curry tells me that he encountered a bunch of small blacks off Point Lookout on Tuesday in a paltry 5-10 knots. Aluhra went 7-6-4 with US angler Mike Cyrocki tagging his first 2 marlin on his first ever marlin trip. There were also one each to Alfred Bouro from Solomon Island, his first, and one to Sophie Currey as well.  Thanks Nick!

And Ashleigh Haigh also fished Jumpinpin with a first time black marlin angler, “Danger” Dave Pirie and new club member, to finish 8-4-3 on blacks  as well as a dolly. Ashleigh said they fished off a huge pilchard school to find most fish in around 25m of water. And yesterday Capt. Matt Johnson was at the wheel of Castille for 2 little black and a dolly as well.

And blues too: Mana Stack tells me that he took a 2 of his brothers and a Welshman and Englishman (who had never fished before) to the Riv grounds on Tuesday on Loyal to the Game going 4-4-2 on blues, throwing the hooks on the other 2 unfortunately.  However the two gents from the UK, Mike and Carl caught their first marlin each.

Mana reports that the conditions at the grounds was near perfect with calm, clean water and bait and current lines. He’ll be heading back out again as soon as the weather breaks!


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Exmouth firing – WA Marlin

Exmouth’s Heavy Tackle Tournament was held last week in less than ideal conditions (having already been postponed once due to weather!) As for the fishing, Eddy Lawler’s Peak Sportfishing once again showed off the fishery to its very best fishing both during the tournament and the days either side, and in the comp, taking out both the Champion Team and Most Tags awards.

Eddy tells me that although the wind has created a challenge over the last week or so, in their last five trips they have recorded 16-16-14 blue marlin, 7-6-3 striped marlin and 3-2-2 black marlin.  That’s 19 all up in the last 5 trips (5 days!) That’s crazy good fishing!

During the tournament they tagged 4 marlin (3 blues and a black).

Update: Fishing yesterday they added another 1 from 1 on a half day (guests a bit under the weather due to conditions!)

SEQ Marlin

A little quieter due to conditions but Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham, continuing his journey returning the Iona home south, released a black he put at 250lbs off the Noosa Canyons yesterday.

Port Stephens & Sydney Kicking Off

Only a week late in reporting the first marlin for the Gunrunner team off Port last weekend. Scott says that they tagged 1 from 3 stripes a little north of the carpark and that the bait was plentiful and the water up and down -starting with 23 and went up to 25.3 and later cooling back down again.  He also reports that Curly III went 1 from 3 also and a Newcastle boat had a double header on blues, tagging 1 and later capturing a 20kg mahi so a bit of action there. They are back out again from this weekend so we look forward to hearing more!

(Update, the other Newcastle boat was Spaniardo 2 and Ryan tells me that they also got a nice stripe 2 weeks before that as well!)

Meanwhile Bruce Rayment tells me that PHGFC boat Avalon fished wide of Port Hacking on Sunday tagging a black marlin with a 2.3m short length (estimated at 120kg for skipper Bruce himself on 15kg tackle – photo below – marlin selfies!) With Mike Spitzer on the controls, trace and tag pole this was the first of the season for the boat.  Bruce also tells me that a number of other boats were fishing a temperature break east of the Port Hacking FAD on the edge of the shelf with this not the only fish tagged on the day with Botany Bay GFC boat Hothead tagging 2 marlin and Madness tagging 1.


Heading south yesterday, Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham, at the wheel of Iona II returning her south after the Cairns season, continued the tradition of blue marlin off Musgrave and Fraser with a blue marlin he put at 500lbs south of Musgrave yesterday (Friday)!

Also on the blue marlin off the Gold Coast, Conor Lynch tells me that Matt Thomson christened his new Carribean 2400 Private Equity with one from two blue marlin on Wednesday – the first for for the boat – congrats Matt!

And on Thursday, Capt. Ross McCubbin on Lucky Strike followed up from the day before with 3 from 5 black marlin in the 15 to 25kg range before the weather moved in – might be a quiet weekend on the water in SEQ!


I have finally received a report from Saturday’s Ladies Ribbons Tournament in Cairns. (If you have something to add, I’d love to hear it!) Thanks so much to Barbara for sending along!

All together 39 boats hosting 129 lady anglers competed on the day and while the gamefish were on fire (with a total of 91 weighed!), there were also eight billfish tagged.

The lucky teams tagging billfish were the (winners and grinners taking out Champion Team) on board Bounty Hunter with two billfish tags (marlin and sailfish), from the team on Pannawonika. The other teams tagging billfish were Kalira, Hellraiser and Wild Turkey, whose angler Jessica Lenehan, won Champion Senior Angler tagging a sailfish from a successful double header as as as weighing a pending Queensland 10kg line class female record for her captured 21.8kg GT which smashed the previous record weight!

But it was the team on Bounty Hunter that took home a swag of prizes including Highest Individual Point Scoring Gamefish weighed Junior (Lily Sims & Savannah Woolcott both weighing fish 7.8kgs), Champion Out of Town Angler (Anna Koziaris – From Melbourne), Champion Junior Angler (Morgan Brown), Runner up Senior Angler (Anna Koriaris), Champion Crew as well as Champion Team over 8m Boat – for Morgan, Anna, Denise and Lily!

While the marlin that were tagged during the Ribbons I believe were of the lighter tackle variety, there are still a few plugging away on the heavy tackle for few rewards. David Crocos was out again solo in his trailerboat and fished wide of Jenny Louise on Saturday for a little fella, jumping off another about the same size.

Meanwhile after fishing the Ladies Ribbons comp, Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition is on its way home to the Gold Coast. Tim says that he fished Myrmidon surrounds for not much action on the black marlin side but release a nicer blue on Tuesday as well as a smaller model blue about 150lb on 30lb for 11 year old Hayden which was Hayden’s first blue marlin!

And off the Gold Coast (Point Lookout), proud Dad Wayne Thomsen put 9 year old son Ryan onto a bunch of small blacks going 9-7-5 on a great father and son day.  Wayne says that Ryan caught 4 of the 5 fish including one out of a successful double header, tagging both fish (and the other being the only one Ryan let Wayne catch!) Doesn’t Ryan look as pleased a punch? Which he should be!


And on Lucky Strike, Capt. Ross McCubbin put Melbourne angler Rob onto a small black (50kg) as well as a cracking dolphin fish (21kg) crossing a couple of items off the bucket list in the process. He’s out there again today, trying for a blue marlin to go with!luckystrike

And a reminder, if you are looking for a calendar for a Christmas gift, order by early next week to meet the shipping deadlines. Congratulations to Mercury Certified Technicians (Frank) from Florida who was lucky number 5000 liker on the BMFB Facebook page and won himself a free calendar!