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While the strong winds have taken the edge off the current at the top (enter barracuda) there were still some fish around in the rough.

But firstly, a catch up report from the day before (Monday) from Capt. Haydon Bell on Kanahoee who caught a big one for angler Alfred Wagner who has spent many years fishing the reef and released many 950lb-er finally catching his grander that went 1130lbs. Well done Alfred and Haydon and team!

Yesterday the big fish run was replaced by a bunch of smaller fish with a good one here and there.  Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition had one about 600lbs in his three with two smaller fish while Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari continuing a good run with another 3 fish of the smaller variety to 400lb.  Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura also released 3 from 3 small ones to 300lbs and Capt. Bobby Jones got one nicer one about 500.

Capt. Daniel Carlson on Little Audrey had a better run staying to the south with 4 from 5 fish to 700lbs. Daniel told me that although yesterday was a mill-pond compared to the day before (I agree!) he still got a nice green one that wet his toes in the tower!  Its still windy as today but supposedly peaking at 27knots instead of 30!

On KEKOA we had the bite out of the big fish straight up but missed her and that was our day, save the marauding barracuda!

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Catch up photo from Claudia Georgouras on Illusion of one of sister Elsie’s fish from the tournament. I have more to come when internet is better.

(Also, because internet connectivity is not great, I’ll be adding links in tomorrow sorry guys! And lastly, I’m not getting text messages yet so apologies if I missed something!)

The hot fishing continues on the GBR with many captains reporting some awesome results in the fresh to frightening conditions.  Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari was one who reported a cracker day with 5 blacks ranging from 750 down to 150lbs – and with the conditions provided a hell of a thrill Corey says.  He also noted that the fishing reminds him of the days of old and that he can’t wait to get out there tomorrow.  That sums up how we’re all feeling I think!
And the seas make it not only hard on the anglers and crew but the photography as well. Below photo of Askari I took from nearby. There was a fish jumping there I swear ;-)


Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition also tells me that the fishing is awesome but the big wind and seas make it hard going. He ended up with 4 from 7 yesterday at 350, 550, 850, 900 and lost another really big one at the boat just before dark.  Angler Brady got a big workout in the chair with not much rest yesterday and is hoping for more of the same today!

On KEKOA we put Jada onto another two from four on the baits including one that gave her a real workout.  We also saw several tailors including one in the sea monster category that didn’t bite.

Down the track Capt. Tim Dean on Calypso also converted two from three on the first day of his new trip and Capt. Daniel Carlson on Little Audrey had also turned angler Will Kozma’s luck around (Will has done previous trips to the reef for donuts) by putting him onto a fish of about 750lbs in the afternoon just before lines in.

I also heard Capt. Brett Goetze on Amokura on the radio and when I last heard, he’s only had the one fish but he said it was a good one (udpate: and it was, a fish that

blacklabelAnd another catch up shot of Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham on Black Label fish late last week on taken by the lady of many talents on deck Tara of their big bertha!



And that’s all I have at the moment. I’ll have better service tonight so will catch up on any I missed then!

The day after the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic and many of the fleet were straight back into it.  And the fishing didn’t let us down, and the weather didn’t let us down either..not (30knots!! Very trying conditions!)

Capt. Ross Finlayson on Top Shot made sure his new guests didn’t miss out on all the fish action straight lining it to the top to meet up with the mothership, he released 6 to 550lbs.  Likewise Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari also had another good day with 3 at 750, 250 and 150lbs.

Capt. Bobby Jones’ Iceman released another big one right up there as well as two smaller models. While on KEKOA, Capt. Luke Fallon welcomed back Capt. Chip Van Mols to the reef with daughter Jada and partner Dan.  We put Jada onto her first two GBR black marlin with a 700 and 800 and she did an awesome job in the chair in wet and windy – the sea was angry that day my friends..
Further down the track, Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura had another blinder in the rough going 4 from 6 to 400lbs.

I also had the chance to get a catch up report from Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham on Black Label who are in port now for the next few days. They released two on Saturday at 300 and 800lbs and had their own big fish day on Friday with a 300, 750 and 950 – and word is that the 950 was more like 11!

Meanwhile Townsville, not content to let Cairns have all the big fish fun, has served up another big one for local club boat Reel Crazy. Renee tells me that she joined Mick Dykstra and Andrew Broughton, for an extended stay at Myrmidon during the week, but the trip was cut short late Thursday after a missive fight, with a monster black they couldn’t put a figure on.  Renee says they got a good look at her more than once and put her well over but by how much they don’t know. She spent a massive 9 hours in the chair on 130lb at the button and over at times, to no joy, into the dark. With conditions ugly and starting to become unsafe, at 8pm the big girl won her freedom! Something everyone onboard will surely not forget for a long time!

Back to the juvie blacks off Yeppoon.  Bite Me Marlin Charters Scotty Coulter says that the fish keep coming. Several private boats took advantage of the nice weather during the week (a few sickies) while he was laid up with an engine issue and on average they were tagging 3-4 fish a day, 13 – 20 miles from the harbour with a water temp of 23c.  He’s back out and at them from this week and will be doing Break Sea trips off Fraser on the heavy tackle as well into winter. As we know, the fish are already firing off Fraser as some of the fleet heading north for the blacks found it hard to drive away from the blues!

And here’s an early report from you. Peter Williams emailed to let me know that KAOS fishing out off Port Stephens on Sunday, tagged a black and a striped marlin in the 70-80 kg range one on 10kg tackle the other on 24kg tackle (photo).  What an early season kick off for down there!


Final day recap: The earlier start time was also a pretty good test of the ‘gentlemen’s hours’ of fishing for the big blacks on the Great Barrier Reef where the best bite is usually in afternoon and noone really starts fishing until close to 11am.  When Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura hooked up at 8:14am, the fleet held its collective breath. But it was one of only four fish tagged in the tournament by cease fishing at 2pm (Bite Me tagged a nice one they called 950lbs), although several more fish were lost later in the morning.  The best bite wasn’t until 4pm when all of the tournament boats had gone in.

And it was a good one. Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition went 1 from 3 on the right fish, one that he put at 1000lbs+ for his guests on the first day of a new trip. Tim said everyone fishing where he was had some big fish action in the late afternoon.

Likewise, I heard from Capt. Corey Hard on Askari who just finished the first week of his big fish extravaganza with the Keinath brothers and Dreamin’ On and LevanteCorey said that they have caught 10 fish in the last 3 days in which 6 have been between 650 and 850lbs. 3 days ago they had a cracker day and caught 5 and one fish was 800 and another 850!  2 days ago we caught a 650 and 700 in a day which did all the right things for the video and still cameras. And yesterday they caught 3, 1 around 800 and another around 700 with the last being around 250lbs.  That’s 15 fish since their last report!

Catch up report from Capt. Darren Biggles Haydon on Bounty Hunter who caught two Friday at 400 and 150.

Back to the tournament, with 126 tags recorded, this has been the best event (number of fish) in years even with a smaller fleet partly due to the relocation. (2011 and 2009 had 125 respectively. 2005 was the best year previous with 194 tags but that was a fleet of 48 boats!) And there were a lot of big fish again too with 30 of the 126 tags recorded, fish over 800lbs!

As we settle back into a less strict time routine I’ll have some photos to share from the week from amongst the boats competing. But in the meantime, he’s another from us on KEKOA – the point of separation, coming unhooked! ;-)


Congratulations to the team on Capt. Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot who could not be beat. I think I heard that this is their third year running as champions with Tominori Omi taking out Champion Angler again with all 15 of their tags. In second place, was the team on Little Audrey who have been hovering in the top few places for the past several years and were the only boat really in range of Top Shot over the final few days (with 13 tags).

Third place went to the team on Althaldo (Lachie and Janice Eggins) with Tiger at the wheel and Wombat on the deck (a tiger, wombat and falcon wasn’t it!?!) with 10 tags from Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura also with 10 (and a big thanks to Brett for his assistance with one of the boats yesterday as well!) Rounding out the top five was the ladies on Hellraiser with 9 tags with Sarah Jackson also taking out the Champion Female award with 6 tags.

Full results are on the LIGFC website here.