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There is some amazing fishing going on on the GBR right now across the entire fleet who are fishing… And then there are a few who just keep smashing it out of the ball park!

Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari and guests, already on the trip of a lifetime simply due to the duration of their stay (30 days on the reef!) are having a dream trip for the fishing as well.  Corey added another five fish yesterday including one around 800lbs and another about 700 (one of which is this fish I took a shot of from nearby at top) and a 400 and a few small ones.  This takes their total, after 12 days of a 30 day Dreamin’ On charter to 31 fish.  12 days = 31 marlin.  Such great fishing!

Another who is enjoying the run and enjoying his new engines, Capt. Daniel Carlson on Little Audrey. Dan didn’t make it out from behind the reef until 3pm yesterday, courtesy of the wind and the waves and seeking a little relief bottom and bait fishing in the morning.  But when he did come out he was straight onto the fish catching a 250 and 900lb-er in short order.  Then later on he added another that he put at 950lbs!

All this is happening right up the top of the Ribbons on Number 10 with boats heading both ways – north to Lizard to spend a night in the relative calm, as well as those heading south and reluctantly into Cooktown on changeover.

kekoa-black-marlinWe saw Capt. Brett James’ Mauna Kea heading north yesterday and I heard that he found them as well releasing three to 850lbs.    On KEKOA we were heading the other direction and released two from three to 450lbs and got the bite out of another big fish. Capt. Brett Goetze Amokura caught one in the midst of the hot bite and Capt. Tim Dean’s Calypso also got two hot ones on the way down as well.

Not many reports from in the Middle although Capt. Dean Beech’s Onsite left Cairns to fish the Bank yesterday.  Deano says that he marked some good fish and released two including a nice one at 900lbs at the death.  Nearby he reports that Moana caught a smaller model but it was mostly quiet for other boats at that end.

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While the strong winds have taken the edge off the current at the top (enter barracuda) there were still some fish around in the rough.

But firstly, a catch up report from the day before (Monday) from Capt. Haydon Bell on Kanahoee who caught a big one for angler Alfred Wagner who has spent many years fishing the reef and released many 950lb-er finally catching his grander that went 1130lbs. Well done Alfred and Haydon and team!

Yesterday the big fish run was replaced by a bunch of smaller fish with a good one here and there.  Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition had one about 600lbs in his three with two smaller fish while Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari continuing a good run with another 3 fish of the smaller variety to 400lb.  Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura also released 3 from 3 small ones to 300lbs and Capt. Bobby Jones got one nicer one about 500.

Capt. Daniel Carlson on Little Audrey had a better run staying to the south with 4 from 5 fish to 700lbs. Daniel told me that although yesterday was a mill-pond compared to the day before (I agree!) he still got a nice green one that wet his toes in the tower!  Its still windy as today but supposedly peaking at 27knots instead of 30!

On KEKOA we had the bite out of the big fish straight up but missed her and that was our day, save the marauding barracuda!


Catch up photo from Claudia Georgouras on Illusion of one of sister Elsie’s fish from the tournament. I have more to come when internet is better.

(Also, because internet connectivity is not great, I’ll be adding links in tomorrow sorry guys! And lastly, I’m not getting text messages yet so apologies if I missed something!)

The hot fishing continues on the GBR with many captains reporting some awesome results in the fresh to frightening conditions.  Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari was one who reported a cracker day with 5 blacks ranging from 750 down to 150lbs – and with the conditions provided a hell of a thrill Corey says.  He also noted that the fishing reminds him of the days of old and that he can’t wait to get out there tomorrow.  That sums up how we’re all feeling I think!
And the seas make it not only hard on the anglers and crew but the photography as well. Below photo of Askari I took from nearby. There was a fish jumping there I swear ;-)


Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition also tells me that the fishing is awesome but the big wind and seas make it hard going. He ended up with 4 from 7 yesterday at 350, 550, 850, 900 and lost another really big one at the boat just before dark.  Angler Brady got a big workout in the chair with not much rest yesterday and is hoping for more of the same today!

On KEKOA we put Jada onto another two from four on the baits including one that gave her a real workout.  We also saw several tailors including one in the sea monster category that didn’t bite.

Down the track Capt. Tim Dean on Calypso also converted two from three on the first day of his new trip and Capt. Daniel Carlson on Little Audrey had also turned angler Will Kozma’s luck around (Will has done previous trips to the reef for donuts) by putting him onto a fish of about 750lbs in the afternoon just before lines in.

I also heard Capt. Brett Goetze on Amokura on the radio and when I last heard, he’s only had the one fish but he said it was a good one (udpate: and it was, a fish that

blacklabelAnd another catch up shot of Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham on Black Label fish late last week on taken by the lady of many talents on deck Tara of their big bertha!



And that’s all I have at the moment. I’ll have better service tonight so will catch up on any I missed then!

The day after the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic and many of the fleet were straight back into it.  And the fishing didn’t let us down, and the weather didn’t let us down either..not (30knots!! Very trying conditions!)

Capt. Ross Finlayson on Top Shot made sure his new guests didn’t miss out on all the fish action straight lining it to the top to meet up with the mothership, he released 6 to 550lbs.  Likewise Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari also had another good day with 3 at 750, 250 and 150lbs.

Capt. Bobby Jones’ Iceman released another big one right up there as well as two smaller models. While on KEKOA, Capt. Luke Fallon welcomed back Capt. Chip Van Mols to the reef with daughter Jada and partner Dan.  We put Jada onto her first two GBR black marlin with a 700 and 800 and she did an awesome job in the chair in wet and windy – the sea was angry that day my friends..
Further down the track, Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura had another blinder in the rough going 4 from 6 to 400lbs.

I also had the chance to get a catch up report from Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham on Black Label who are in port now for the next few days. They released two on Saturday at 300 and 800lbs and had their own big fish day on Friday with a 300, 750 and 950 – and word is that the 950 was more like 11!

Meanwhile Townsville, not content to let Cairns have all the big fish fun, has served up another big one for local club boat Reel Crazy. Renee tells me that she joined Mick Dykstra and Andrew Broughton, for an extended stay at Myrmidon during the week, but the trip was cut short late Thursday after a missive fight, with a monster black they couldn’t put a figure on.  Renee says they got a good look at her more than once and put her well over but by how much they don’t know. She spent a massive 9 hours in the chair on 130lb at the button and over at times, to no joy, into the dark. With conditions ugly and starting to become unsafe, at 8pm the big girl won her freedom! Something everyone onboard will surely not forget for a long time!

Back to the juvie blacks off Yeppoon.  Bite Me Marlin Charters Scotty Coulter says that the fish keep coming. Several private boats took advantage of the nice weather during the week (a few sickies) while he was laid up with an engine issue and on average they were tagging 3-4 fish a day, 13 – 20 miles from the harbour with a water temp of 23c.  He’s back out and at them from this week and will be doing Break Sea trips off Fraser on the heavy tackle as well into winter. As we know, the fish are already firing off Fraser as some of the fleet heading north for the blacks found it hard to drive away from the blues!

And here’s an early report from you. Peter Williams emailed to let me know that KAOS fishing out off Port Stephens on Sunday, tagged a black and a striped marlin in the 70-80 kg range one on 10kg tackle the other on 24kg tackle (photo).  What an early season kick off for down there!