Michelle Moseley, fishing on champion boat Sea Nami, was named Ribbons Champion Senior Angler. Not only did Michelle tag a billfish early on Saturday morning, she also weighed the heaviest gamefish, a 17.6kg Spanish mackerel.
The runner-up boat was Chamois Free, skippered by Bill McLeod. Bill’s wife Maxine, tagged a black marlin at Flynn Reef (photo above).
Overall, seven billfish were tagged and 105 gamefish were weighed by the fleet of 54 boats.
Thank you to Barbara for sending in the report and congratulations to all who competed!
With another big blue marlin recorded on the Gold Coast yesterday, we edge closer to the magic 1000lb mark. With the South East Queensland season really kicking into gear and a full summer of fishing ahead, its a very distinct possibility that the first official 1000lb blue marlin in Australia could be weighed in Queensland!
Vince Wregg and sons Leon and Jeffrey spend a lot of time on the water on board their boat Barco and have notched up close to one hundred blue marlin releases over the past five years. Fishing yesterday out wide, Vince put a big fish novice Joel Purcell from Coffs Harbour onto this fish-of-a-lifetime. In a super effort he spent over 4 hours in the chair ,and while they originally had no intention to weigh the fish, unfortunately it died during the fight and Leon assisted in planing it up to the surface where it was transferred to Lucky Strike (not being able to fit in the door of Barco!) and brought to shore – eventually weighing in at 892lbs (405kg).
Barco’s 892lb blue marlin weighed behind Lucky Strike.
Nearby on Lucky Strike, Ross put his angler Paul onto his first blue about 300lbs with a 3-1-1. And on the other coast, a Saturday report from Conor Lynch who was taking a boat north from the Sunshine Coast to Mackay. They managed 3 heavy tackle black marlin between Fraser and Lady Elliott. Conor says that they also had a further two bites including one out of a blue marlin nice and early at 6am!
The Cairns season is in definite countdown mode as most boats wrapped up the season with the Ladies Ribbons tournament on Saturday. While the ladies could have enjoyed some better bill-fishing (by my count there were 5 marlin and 2 sailfish tagged from among the 54 boats competing), they certainly got amongst the other gamefish. I’ll seek out an official tournament report.
One of the highlights was an estimated 300lb black marlin tagged on 10kg line in the last few minutes of fishing on board Capt. Steve Ahlers Hellraiser – great effort!
Just the day before Capt. Russell Caphorn on Kaizen had wrapped up his last trip with the boys from Mooloolaba GFC on board with a couple of big fish, giving the ladies some great incentive. Following up from a fish on Thursday that Russell put at 1000lbs for Mick Wrack, Russell reported another big fish on Friday for Pat Skehan that he put at 950lbs. Great way to wrap up the season Russ!
And heading north (and eventually around) Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham at the wheel of Black Label on her way home to Darwin released one about 200lbs at Number 4 Ribbon Reef.
Some good news in the leadup to the 30th Anniversary Ladies Ribbons tomorrow with a couple of fish reported on the Bank and wide of the Bank yesterday. Mooloolaba GFC’s Mick Wrack released one on Capt. Russell Caphorn’s Kaizen that Russell put right up there. While Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition also released a smaller fish out wide.
Murray Olden, who fished on board Calypso with Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon earlier in the season, has put together a clip of his great trip. Check it out below:
Jervis Bay Tourney Report
Again in full – click the ‘read more’ for the full report – with thanks to Martin for sending!
“What a tournament!!!!!
Thursday started with the committee getting ready for anarchy! At our pre briefing meeting we decided that Friday’s weather was too dangerous to send boat’s out in and cancelled fishing. This decision resulted in a lot of skippers mocking us, calling us soft and every other name under the sun. Then Thursday night when the southerly hit us gusting at about 40-45knots and the current raging downhill at about 3knots it made for a nice choppy 3 meter swell…… the mocking soon stopped!!
Friday was spent lazing, eating and drinking and so that we had SOMETHING fishing related to do, the committee decided to have a giveaway at the pub at 3pm. So 3pm sees the pub’s population literally double and the winner of a brand new 30w, rod and line is…………..Romano’s deckie on JBGFC boat Madam Zelda!! Cheers all round and it was back to drinking!
Friday night and the wind settled a little but not totally. We head up to the radio room hoping that the sea had abated. It had not! Almost all of the boats had logged on however a lot of them were turning back an we ended up having about 10 boats drifting inside for squid to bide their time and see if the conditions were going to improve.
They did and so did the fishing!!
By the 8:10 sched there were numerous tagged YFT and even a blue marlin that had been hooked and lost! By the 10:10 sched; more yellowfin and more blue marlin tagged with some mako thrown in for good measure. Now because the Friday was cancelled, the CASH SHOOTOUT had been move to Saturday so everyone was keen on tagging like crazy!!
By 12:10 sched we were getting 4 way hook-ups on fin and had lost collectively about 4 blue marlin! It was INSANE!!! The conditions got better and saw a few boats head out and the fishing continued for the rest of the day the same as it had started.
Sunday was a near glass out! Perfect conditions and it was all hands on deck! More tuna, marlin, mako and blue sharks tagged and captured all day and with stop fishing at 1pm, the gantry was a nervous place to be with fishos waiting to see if they’d won!
The fish of the tournament was Chris Barsha’s blue marlin that went 139.5kgs on board Marlin Magic. Took him almost 2 hours to bring in as they had it boat side more than once but on 24kg, they’re not an easy beast to tame!
I must say, that the Whitesands Tournament is one of the best along the east coast. Where, and more importantly, when else can you constantly, year after year, get all 3 major game fish in the one tournament? Couple that with the great atmosphere of the south coast and it makes for a great tournament to be a part of.
More SEQ blues around with Capt. Ross McCubbin reporting another two off the Gold Coast on Reel Busy yesterday. Ross said that the fish were 300 and 350bs respectively with the second being a first blue for angler Chris Tough.
ARROWS EXPRESS BILLFISH BASH – MOOLOOLABA GAME FISHING CLUB
29 November to 1 December
The report in full below with thanks to the club and Albert and Pauline Threadingham. Click the more link to read in full!
“The Forecast was not good for the weekend, however at the briefing on the night before start fishing, it was considered that there were sufficient windows to have a crack and it was left with the Skippers to make their own minds up on how much and when they would participate.
In total there were 45 registered anglers, including 6 lady anglers and 5 junior boys, all of whom would fish in 11 boats ranging from 5 meters to 15.5 meters – all were keen, but sceptical on how much fishing they would get in.
Day 1 early morning weather forecast was for rain, low visibility and a strong wind warning for winds to rise to 30 knots from the SE by midday. Rain had occurred from early morning and with this outlook the 11 teams took to the fray to see what could be accomplished in these conditions.
It seemed for a while that the stronger winds had not arrived, but neither had the fish…. there were few strikes as most boats tried to get a blue marlin tag and release for good scores and block out the light tackle scorers.
By mid morning radio sked, it looked like neither would happen. But then at midday, when the winds were strengthening, right on forecast, two Boats, Luna and Reel Action hooked up not far apart in time and position on their blue marlin targets and Conner Lynch on Luna was able to get his fish of about 150kg on 37 kg tackle tagged, while Junior Angler Trent Rooney on Reel Action took a bit longer with his estimated weight of 150kg blue marlin on 37 kg Tackle. Trent eventually also had his fish tagged a 1hour and 35 minute fight in rough seas. A really great job by a junior angler and excellent boat handling on Reel Action in anything but good conditions.
Most Boats were heading for Home after the initial wind increase and the two successful boats were that much further out with a lot more waves to cross before making Port. At the 1600 whistle it was just these two to make port for customary gear checks, dry clothes and some warming refreshments.