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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

I had a quick call and update from Broome GFC’s Jeff Cooper this morning. Jeff is fishing on board 3XL, who after some standout fishing on day 1, hold onto a narrow lead at the end of day 2. But the talk of day 2 fishing yesterday was not of the top of the leaderboard, which is mostly made up of sailfish T&R points, but rather of a very much larger than average black marlin tag and release.

Shane Minshull, on board the 5.9m ‘The Shag’, fought the fish on 10 kg for 4.5 hours before finally getting the tag in and with a short length 3.3m they are estimating the fish at around the the 350kg mark which is an amazing fish on the light tackle! (Photos below!)

Jeff told me that this fish was one of many (though mostly smaller) blacks that made their way into the spread yesterday. And while they are calling day 2 for a quieter day fishing, they expect it to only get better from here on in for the final three days.

Narrowly behind the 3XL team on the leaderboard are Karratha’s The Wench, Billistic, Makaira and Team Dare.

The stats so far are 135 sails raised for 50 tags and 13 marlin raised and converted to 4 tags.  Great fishing as always!


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Save the date – Cairns 50th Anniversary Tournament

The Cairns 50th Anniversary Tournament, commemorating 50 years since the very first 1000 pound black marlin capture, which put Cairns on the world stage. The 50th Anniversary Tournament will be held:
25 – 30th September, 2016

Download the announcement flyer here.

The history

On the 26th September, 1966, American crewman Richard Obach and Captain George Bransford on Sea Baby 1 were fishing a crew day off Cairns when they caught a large black marlin. The fish turned out to be a new World Record of 1064lbs on 80lb tackle, and historically was both the the first marlin over 1000 pounds to be caught on 80 pound tackle, and the first 1000 pound fish caught on rod and reel in Australia.

This capture put Cairns on the world fishing map, and was the catalyst that made Cairns the fishing destination that it is today. Since that day tens of thousands of visitors have enjoyed the fishing in the Cairns region.

While the industry has evolved and the vast majority of fish nowadays are released, Cairns is still the number 1 destination in the world to fish to catch a 1000lb black marlin!

50th anniversary tournament
Subscribe to Cairns 50th Anniversary Tournament announcements and updates on the website.

From the west, a report via the lovely Leah that Blue Lightning Charters Capt. Chad Mills recorded a 3-3-2 on black marlin in a 4 hour session Saturday on this return trip from the Montebello Islands off Dampier. It looks a little chilly over that way (compared to Cairns anyways) but a great day on the water to top off a great trip!


With the Broome Billfish Tournament also kicking off yesterday, I’m expecting more reports from the west over the coming days.

Off Townsville again, John McConkey on Maximus had another great day on the water on the northern grounds on Thursday with 3 from 7. John said the the juvies are really packing on the kilos now with the average fish he encountered in the 15-18kg range.

And another of our wandering Aussies fishing abroad – Michale Umback fished Koh Lipe Island (Thailand) for sailfish. Fishing from a longtail boat 500m off the island they went 6-5-4 on sailfish using live bait and even caught one on a Yozuri popper! Michael said they could see pods of free feeding sails as well as lots of free jumpers. Michale says from the local guide that the sails are there all year but from January through March 20 sails a day is common catch!


Lanternfish? Seeking information

Seeking information and experiences of the seasonal spawning of lanternfish and subsequent feeding frenzy of big game fish off the Cairns Seamount, Osprey Reef etc. Do you have some information to share? Contact Rachel!

Townsville Black Marlin

And a quick report from Townsville and Jack Nicolosi on Zuri reports that there are a few bigger fish mixed in with the juvies. This is one released on Zuri they put at about 60kg and was released. Jack said they also spent the next 5-10 minutes following it north which was pretty cool to see!