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MGFC’s President Nathan Douglass has called it (I’m not game to jinx anything!) The weather and nominations and most importantly fishing (for both light and heavy tackle), are all shaping up well for this weekend’s Mooloolaba Billfish Bonanza.  Reports from over the Easter long weekend on heavy include Luna with Nathan driving raising 4, getting bites from 3 and tagging two blue marlin at 300 and 200lbs.

On the light tackle Mick and Nicki on Dunno went 3-3-3 black marlin at 18 mile on Monday.  Pictured is Nicki’s first black marlin.  Terrible when you have to borrow a third tag flag for the trip home, isn’t it! :-)

More from the Gold Coast

And the blue marlin bite on the Gold Coast continued into the working week. In his 20ft centre console Ocean Instinct yesterday Glanville reported a 3-3-2 and shared some pictures below. He’s out again for Day 3 in a row today and also tells me that Mistress released another 2 from 7 while David Green, back in his ‘tinny’ Gemma 3 went 2 from 5 yesterday as well!


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The Easter long weekend on the Gold Coast was one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry for many local fishos. Great weather conditions meant plenty of boats were on the water enjoying it and the blue marlin definitely came to the party right along the coast and all the way to the Tweed.

Capt. Brett Alty’s Mistress kicked off the party good and proper with 5 marlin releases on Saturday comprising of 4 blue marlin and one striped marlin. Brett reports that all of the fish were in the 120 to 160kg range and that there was a lot of bait out there keeping the marlin very healthy and fat with them feeding on squid and slimies. And fighting good putting the anglers through their paces!

They followed up again on Sunday with another two blues.

Likewise, Capt. Ross McCubbin on Lucky Strike who fished Easter Sunday for a 3-3-3 blue marlin. Ross reports the first fish was one about 140kg for Mark Morland, the second about 160kg for David Green and a third, a first blue for partner Jackie Taylor-Fox about 150kg.

He followed up again yesterday with another blue, jumping off a second blue as well as a stripe.

David McCallum’s Unreel also fished the northern end Saturday for a 4-4-2, both blues to first time marlin anglers they put at 200 and 130kg.  While Sunday they didn’t turn a reel, Easter Monday put them onto this nice stripey for Switchbait’s Daniel Hickey (photo at top).

The big action yesterday (Monday) was to the south off the Tweed with Mat and John Stehmann on board Murphy’s Law, fishing just two up, and who probably could have done with several extra sets of hands, ending the day with an amazing 9-8-5.

Matt said the water was electric purple with bait like he’s never seen before. John caught 4 the blues, including one with no harness on a double hook up and Mat caught the other – all five caught on another Gold Coast product Larva Lures. Matt said one of the fish they had on the leader 5 times but couldn’t get it that last 5 foot before the leader snapped – he put it in the ‘massive’ range with the other fish ranging from 150kg to 220kg – and another 3 of the misses dropped just out of tag range as well. Definitely a day to remember!

Also fishing the Tweed yesterday, Andrew Morely’s Express who was also raising the fish, but the blues were doing their thing. They ended up 5-4-1.

And another not choosing the easy route, Glanville Heydenrych who is on his way back out after a good day fishing SOLO. Glanville  said he went 2 from 2, pulling the hooks out if the 2nd one whilst on the leader. He’s two-up today so looking forward to hearing how he goes!!

Sunshine Coast / Mooloolaba

ymerNo doubt more reports to come but it sounds like there was some more black marlin action up the other coast over the weekend as well. Good timing in the leadup to the MGFC Billfish Bonanza this weekend.

A quick one in via Lachlan Tuckwell of Ymer hooked up to a bigger than usual black marlin on the 8kg light tackle on Friday. Lachlan says while the photo and video don’t do it justice, they unfortunately lost the fish they put in the 200lb range (photo) after 3 1/2 hours for angler and marlin virgin Rhys Drakeley.

On Catapult  they also tagged two while Big Wave Dave tagged 2 and Misty also tagged one (Friday).

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Upcoming Tournaments

The run of juvenile fish off the Sunshine Coast should make for another great event for the Mooloolaba GFC later this month and Port Hacking have a $60,000 prize pool for their event at the start of May. For more details:

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blue marlin on First Priority

By all reports, another great tournament was hosted by the Gold Coast GFC with fishing on the two days over the weekend. Entrants joined from as far away as the Perth Game Fish Club as well from club closer up the Queensland coast including the Sunshine Coast GFC, Mooloolaba GFC and Hervey Bay GFC as well as many from the two local GC clubs – 30 boats participated.  There were 22 marlin tags recorded on day 1 (20 blue marlin and 2 spearfish) and 9 marlin on day 2.

The winning boat was Outside Edge from the Sunshine Coast with 3 blue marlin tags, taking home a prize pool of over $36,000.  In the Under 8m category, Surfers Paradise GSFC’s Ripples won also with 3 tags (giving them second place overall) as well as a host of other prizes including Champion Male Angler (Lance Ripley), Best Tag Person, Last Billfish Day 2 and Heaviest Other Species Over 15kg (26.2kg yellowfin).

Castille III’s Katie Ripper took out the Champion Female Angler award with her two blue marlin tags. Skipper for the comp, Matty Johsnon (Gypsy) says that she showed ‘her vast experience in the chair especially with one of the blues showing why they are so well respected’.

Meanwhile on board Molakai, Jai Tooley took out Champion Junior Angler with a pending Junior Queensland Record for his 126.6kg blue marlin on 60kg line.

The photos above and below from the Caeli’s on board First Priority with Ben telling me that they ended up an unlucky 6-5-1 on the weekend, going to show just how many fish there were around!

Congratulations to all who participated!firstpriority2

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