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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

As the season starts to wind down and boats put a wrap on their seasons, the fishing is making it a tough slog for those still out. While this time of year can typically been great fishing, we’ve definitely seen the best already in 2014. Still some good fish reported yesterday among the fleet. Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura put their angler Cathy onto her first marlin at 750lbs after a few years of trying. Well done Cathy!

And Capt. Kim Andersen’s Duyfken also wrapped up his season with a 650lb-er (pictures from Nick and Rhys) for Wayne Spalding at the Light.  Also on the Bank, Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham on Mike Dobbin’s Hattitude released one about 300lbs and that is all the reports I have :-)

Pakula Lures

Big black marlin

There are still a fish swimming in on Linden Bank and Opal Ridge with a few smaller models showing up there yesterday. Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari had a bit of fun with them for his anglers – all first time in the game chair – going three from five.  Capt. Luke Fallon’s KEKOA and Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura both released two each to 400lbs. While the big blue Ultimate Lady’s Capt. Tom Francis put his angler onto one small model and missed a couple of larger ones.

Small black marlin

juvie-black-marlinYet another Fraser report, this one from Michael Umback who is fresh back from an amazing 3 days fishing on the inside. Michael says that the total results were 19 black marlin ranging between 10 – 30kg from 35 garfish baits (rigged with circle hooks) and they lost count of the the number of hookups!

Love seeing these in water shots! In the leadup to what is hopefully a big season for the little guys as they move down the coast, a reminder that a bit of care goes a long way.

>> Juvenile Black Marlin Healthy release tips


Season 2014 has been a completely different kettle of fish to previous years with the best fishing holding up on the reefs to the north, in particular Ribbon Number 10, for the majority of the season. In recent years though, the opposite has been true with the fleet following the fish back to the Cairns vicinity from quite early in November. In fact, I remember one year, not so long ago, that no fish were caught on Number 10 after late October.

But here we are, drawing closer to the end of the season and the fishing has finally returned to Cairns (yet to see if Number 10 has one last hurrah!) and the famous Linden Stadium. That was certainly the case yesterday with over 15 boats fishing the area and the lucky few catching. 

Capt. Brad Craft’s Castille III continues his late run adding another big fish yesterday. Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari likewise with a fish that Corey put at 900lbs.  Capt. Kim Andersen on Duyfken released one that he put at 850lbs and jumped a smaller one off. Capt. James “Jimbo” Bladin on Black Magic caught one at 600lbs and Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles on Levante got a mid-ranger as well.

I also had a message from Capt. Dan Bergamo on Wild Turkey who put his 70 year old lady angler Rose onto a fish they he put at 999lbs+.

Musgrave and Fraser

Cjig’s Grant Thomson is making his way down the coast after spending some time in Cairns. They had a curious whale shark come and say g’day at Myrmidon when they spent the day there last week (photo).  But now they are getting closer to home and went 1 from 3 blues off Musgrave on the way past and 1 from 1 blue marlin yesterday off Noosa canyons. While they were at Musgrave they rafted up in  the lagoon with Megumi who went 2 from 2 fishing nearby.


By the sounds, Rooney’s Point at Fraser continues to fire for the juvenile black marlin. Brett Pheeney sent me a couple of videos of fishing the flats. Part 1 and Part 2 below.

Capt. Brad Craft on Castille III followed up on a big fish Wednesday with a bigger fish Thursday putting his angler Steve from Kentucky onto another big fish, again one from a double header, that he put at 999lbs+!


Capt. James “Jimbo” Bladin’s Black Magic also put his anglers onto a couple of big fish nearby on Linden Bank that he put at 800 and 900lbs in pretty quick succession. Great underwater shot above.

Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon on Bounty Hunter is back out with the second group of anglers from Marlin University and put them onto a big one on the first day that he put at 900lbs and missed the bite from a smaller fish.  Biggs says that fishing for him has been steady steady, and although the missed the last day of fishing of the previous 5 days of marlin uni, still released 5 for the trip including a big one!

Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari released two smaller models as well, while Capt. Daniel Carlson’s Little Audrey released one about 200lbs.

And the last remaining up in the Middle, Capt. Kim Andersen’s Duyfken put Sophie Curry onto a fish that he put at 650lbs for her birthday! Happy Birthday Sophie!