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Another report we had been waiting for came through last night from Capt. Ashley Wallis’ Kalira fishing at Linden Bank indicating another ‘wave’ of big fish have moved in.  Fishing his first heavy tackle day of the season, Ashley, with Will Pritchard on deck, kicked off with a huge “yee-haaa” releasing 3 from 5 at a massive 800, 800 and 250lb for lucky angler Alan from New Zealand.

If you remember (like I do), Ash has a habit of kicking off his seasons in style. This is what he did last year.

Great to hear more fish are moving through!

By the way, want to read my “Predicting a black marlin season article for Fishtrack” about the season ahead as it relates to the juvie season which still continues – see below.

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Also a report from Whitsunday GFCs Ross Martin of the little blacks down there. Ross tells me that Ash Warland, on his boat Gamester (above) went 1 from two yesterday while Marlene and Russell Hicks Topeless also released 1 black.

Pakula Lures

I put a call out for Broome reports – and I have had an update come in!

It seems that the fishing in Broome, like the rest of the West, is predictably quite hot at the moment as well. Steve Palumbo, who was recently in NQ fishing the Mike Carney Toyota Billfish Challenge in Townsville with Sharky on Levante, tells me that they had some good action on Thursday finishing with 13 sails released. Steve also reports that his good mate, Jeda Ellens from Makaira Game Fishing backed up from his result on Thursday releasing 11 sails on Friday. Steve predicts that its going to be a cracker next month or two!

And more from WA, the Exmouth Australian Masters Billfish Tournament results are in. The tournament was held over the weekend with three days of billfishing specifically for anglers over 55.

7 teams with 13 master anglers and 17 crew participated raising 66 billfish for 47 hookups and 17 tags over the three days.

Navigate through the slides to see the full results.
Read the rest of the report…

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Dampier / Karratha / Montebello

A report from Rob Telfer at Karratha that came via Black Snack’s Mitchell Calcutt. Rob fished a half day Saturday off Dampier on board Bill Shit and went 4 from 6 on blacks 40-50kg range, with the Black Snacks Hot Lips doing the damage. Rob reports that the fishing has been hot and cold lately with some boats having upwards of 10 shots one day and working hard the next to find a fish. Photo above.

Yesterday though, it was a day of finding the fish for Blue Lightning‘s Capt. Chad Mills. With guests from South Australia on board fishing off the Montebello Islands / Dampier for the trip, they fished for the billies yesterday ending with an amazing tally of 44-35-26 sailfish.  While the guests were actually just looking forward to the chance to catch their first billfish each, they ended up with 4-5 a piece! Chad’s best day off Dampier on the sails (and blacks) was 31 last year and they gave it a good nudge again this time (that tally was 13 marlin and 18 sailfish).

With the King Bay GFC hosting a trial billfish competition this weekend (to see if the fishing is good enough to make it an annual event), hopefully the action continues through!

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peakPeak Sportfishing’s Eddy Lawler a big blue marlin make up his 2-2-2 blue marlin on Tuesday that was right up there in the very large category.  As you’ve read on these pages Eddy’s had some really hot fishing lately which is pretty typical of Exmouth at this time of year. But blues of this quality make the rest of the country stand up and take notice (as if they weren’t already doing so). With an estimated 3.18m short length this one was certainly very large. Eddy initially estimated it as 700lbs plus but it could have been a fair bit bigger than that!

Meanwhile, On Stike’s Capt. Josh Bruynzeel has likewise been putting his anglers on some great fishing, and with his anglers of the junior variety this week, has been playing his part in hooking the next generation of marlin addicts.  Brothers Wil (11 years old) and Sam (7 years old) started the trip with an estimated 400lb blue for Wil that took a two hours of hard work for the youngster and finished yesterday with a 3-3-3 black marlin and 4-4-3 sailfish making it a grand slam for the trip!

As for Broome – Any of the Broome peeps want to share a report? Cheers!

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Well its official, the big fish are here!

Two more big fish reports came in yesterday, and there will only be more from here on in as more of the fleet ‘hit the water’.

Returning from a 5-day bait fishing trip all the way north to Number 9 Ribbon and back yesterday, Capt. Chris ‘Sharky’ Miles, on Levante this season, was the first to report some big girl encounters. Although mostly bait fishing over the 5 days, they did spend some time on the marlin jumping two off earlier in the trip (600 and 450) before converting two more nice ones – an 800lb-er on Sunday, and a 700lb-er yesterday for Cairns angler Rowan Cross.

hellraiserI also heard from Hellraiser’s Capt. Steve Ahlers yesterday who is fishing a bit higher up out of Cooktown.

Steve reports a one from one on Sunday at 200lbs for Mitch McDonald, and another big fish yesterday at 800lbs in a one from two for angler Guy Carter!

(I’m trying to get some larger versions of these shots on left… Update: which I have now at top!)

It’s great to be hearing these reports already!


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Meanwhile, its been very fishy off the Gold Coast as well. Last week Gavin Woodbury’s guests on board Sea Probe Fishing Charters scored this solid black marlin which popped up at the back of the boat looking for a feed while they were bottom fishing!

jugsAnd while the boats went wide looking for blue marlin on the weekend, its yellowfin they found and good numbers and size too! Matt Caelli on Jugs tells me they got 4 nice ones (photo) and left them biting (and the first one was caught on the Stella jigging outfit!)

Nearby Molokai enjoyed double and triple hookups putting 6 on board and donating 2 to the team on Adios fishing beside them which was enough to turn their luck catching a pending Queensland Record fish weighing in a massive 85kg.

Update: More details about the fish via Ashleigh Haigh. It was caught by angler Jason A Ebbett with crew Darren Malaquin, Ashleigh Haigh and Russell humbler on Sunday. This fish is a pending Qld record on 37Kg stand up which beats the existing record by 20kg! (was 65kg) Photo of the monster below!
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