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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

Another hot report from Capt. Ross McCubbin on Lucky Strke came in last night after he put solo charter Vic onto 8 from 10 yesterday in the 50 to 120 kg (adding another 2 from 4 the day before).  This puts Ross on 95 marlin since he began his summer season on December 1.

Its been a long time that since we’ve heard of someone getting a 100 black marlin in a season off the Gold Coast, especially considering the Gold Coast season for the juvenile blacks is generally so short. And not wanting to jinx him at all (did anyone catch how the news media jinxed Leyton mid-way through his match last night?!;-), I’m sure Ross will get the tonne, a great achievement considering his particularly short season as well only just having returned to the Goldy from the Cairns season!

Typically, the Gold Coast doesn’t tend to hold marlin like for example Cape Bowling Green (Townsville), and they tend to move through quickly like they do in other areas like Port Stephens – and so the fact that so many are still being caught lends to the sheer number of fish moving through!

There are a lot of factors that go into how the Gold Coast fishes from day to day and the current speed does play a part (and we heard that during the recent tournament it was running hard).

When it’s running hard, the fishing is definitely a lot harder as the bait stays down and its harder to stay on top of the bait and the fish keep moving with the current.

The weather and wind direction will also play a part. This time of year when we get an extended run of northerlies, that’s what really gets the current running and pushes the dirty water out wider offshore. When we get the south-easterlies against the current, it pushes that cleaner water back in (which is generally the warmer water) and concentrates the bait.

I came across a report I wrote for Bluewater back in 2008 about the Light Tackle Master’s that year (12 marlin tags) and this year’s event certainly trumped that (five fold?) even though the current was roaring.

It seems like there are a lot of larger fish mixed in this year as well which may also be a reason why it’s fishing so well. At the top is a fish that Nick Currey’s team on Moreton Bay GFC‘s Aluhra fought during the tournament that they estimated at 100kgs and took 4.5 hours to catch on the light tackle (8kg). They lost another that they put at larger again just before lines out on the same day.

Anyways, it’s great to hear such great fishing on the Goldy an it will be very interesting to see how long the fish hold in there!

Tournaments this weekend:

Another big weekend of tournament is ahead and we look forward to hearing the results as they filter through.

Pakula Lures

Gold Coast Light Tackle Masters

Well the results are in! You can download the full winners list here.

By all reports, another fabulous event. The final stats were 53 black marlin tagged from a fleet of 36 boats.  Long-time Gold Coast GFC Club member Craig “Grinner” Newton and his team on Grinner was able to convert a fish on the final day to take the across the line in front with 6 tags from Ocean Instinct (who took out the Under 8m class) and Aluhra (Moreton Bay GFC) both with 5.

Several of the fish were larger models that gave anglers a tough going on the 8kg line class.  On Day 2, Hook Me Up fought an estimated 300lb-er into the night only to lose it at the back of the boat after 4 hours!

Bateman’s Bay Tollgate Islands Classic

Craig Murphy was kind enough to give me an update from the comp with very good fishing not unlike what Craig remembers from 10 years ago with lots of striped marlin playing havoc with boats towing big lures and plenty to talk about at the bar in the evening! evening! While the last few years have been won by 2 or 3 fish by one boat over three days this year the Champion Boat won with 7 marlin.

Overall there were 106 billfish tagged or captured over the three days from the tournament fleet of 48 boats.  Dennis Lucardi’s 40′ Caribbean Hardaraddit won champion boat T&R with 7 marlin, most of which were caught by Dennis’ daughter Tegan Lucardi who won champion Female Angler. Runner up boat was Stewart Wensing’s Frigate with 6 marlin who also took out Most Marlin Tagged by a Trailer Boat.

Heaviest Marlin was a Blue caught on Fearless and weighed in at 167.8kg.

Craig’s boat, Dadsboat, took out Champion Boat Capture weighing a 90.7kg striped marlin on 15kg to Dr Paul Allin on the Friday (also winning them the Friday Cash Shoot Out with this fish). And they also weighed a pending Junior 15kg record 19.3kg spearfish to Craig’s son Jakob on the Saturday. On top of the two captures, they tagged another 5 striped marlin, the fishing was really good!!

The winner of the T&R section of the Friday Cash Shootout was Matt Xiberras’ boat X-Factor.


Port Macquarie Golden Lure

And following up from yesterday’s Golden Lure report, Steve has kindly sent me the full list of winners. There was a total of 45 black marlin, 6 blue marlin and 1 spearfish tagged.

Read on for full details:

Read the rest of the report…


Fraser Coast blue marlin

A report via Andrew from Larva Lures of the team on Mistress bringing her back to the Gold Coast after her unfortunately cut-short Cairns season (Kurt, Tiger and Jason) taking the opportunity to test a new lure colour prototype on the blues off Fraser. They were hooked up within 10 minutes of deploying the lures to a fish around the 200lb mark (on the Night Skiy 12″). With a few strikes in between (dolphin fish and another blue) the new prototype colour was deployed for a wahoo and they finished the day with another blue about 350lbs around sunset! Great to hear the blues are still around in good numbers and looking forward to hearing about the new colour ;-)

Three Tournaments

The Gold Coast Light Tackle Masters is over for another year and while I heard that the bite slowed up on the final day in direct proportion to the current speeding, we can expect a report once the sore heads from last night’s presentation have cleared.

Dean Mudford with a black from the Gold Coast on board Dragnfish

Dean Mudford with a black from the Gold Coast on board Dragnfish

Likewise the Batemans Bay Tollgate Classic where I hear that over 100 marlin were tagged for the comp!

But I did get a few tidbits out of Steve Bedwell from the Port Macquarie Golden Lure (and Steve is likewise nursing a sore head from their preso!) Steve reports that 40 boats and 175 anglers competed over the 4 days of fishing in reasonable weather conditions and 28.2 degrees water.

The Tag & Release Small Black Marlin category was won by Team Simrad while Tag & Release Blue Marlin was won by Hermans Heros with a blue tagged early on the 1st day for junior angler Lachlan Kaczorowski. The Heaviest Tuna & other Gamefish was won by Steve’s team on Mustang with a 58.4kg yellow. The capture award didn’t go off this year although a few boats reported straightening hooks on big fish. The club also announced the the 2016 Golden Lure will now carry a prize of $10,000 for heaviest marlin over 150kg!

More from Port Macquarie

I had a report from Scott Baker who has just started operating his charterboat Rush Hour out of Port Mac and has been off to a very successful start. Often overlooked as a marlin destination, Scott has 9 good reasons why it shouldn’t be with a 6-5-5 and 5-4-4 (yesterday) on black marlin – great results for his first two trips out. Some photos below.


Kiama, NSW South Coast

Last week he was fishing South West Rocks, this week Sam Owen has his boat Spread ‘Em fishing off Kiama. Fishing yesterday (what Sam describes as a day to remember!) he had 10+ stripes in the spread early and had a chaotic 4 way hook up with all four eventually jumping off….oh, did I mention he was fishing solo?!?

While unlucky to miss all four a couple of hours later he came tight on a good stripe. He had the fish on the trace after 39 mins but couldn’t get the tag shot in and the fish took off again only to have it pull the hooks boatside after another 30 min fight. Switching to skipbaits resulted in a double header of 90-100kg stripes and a quick call over the radio found him a second angler with Chris Cleaver on Double Edge transferring willing angler Tak onto Spread ‘Em where they both successfully getting both fish to the boat (and Tak’s first stripe and biggest marlin to date!)

More great shots at top!

Merimbula Marlin Bite

At the helm of his new purchase Head Hunter Capt. Nathan Brown likewise reports a hot bite out of Merimbula on Friday.  Nathan put good friend Marek onto a nice stripe around 80kg followed by young André getting to catch his first marlin, releasing one around 3pm. From that point the bait disappeared and the frustration set in. They went on to raise two more on the teasers and managed to switch both only for them to drop the lure a short time after.

Nathan also reports that Jedi II also tagged two after seeing 8 and getting bites out of four and the Lazaro boys also went 3-3-3.


Catch up from South West Rocks

Adam Furgeson sent me some awesome pics (in the gallery below) from his recent trip away to South West Rocks and Wooli with Sam Owen. Photos are Adam and Jarrod Coughtrie who were fishing out of their 4.5 m Tank.

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