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Bounty Hunter juvenile black marlinCapt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon on Bounty Hunter is the latest to encounter some of the teeny juvenile black marlin off Cairns. On a day trip on Saturday, they released two of these toddler models as well as some a couple of GTs as well as tuna and mackerel for the table.

On the Sunshine Coast, Lachlan and Paddy and team on Catapult went 6 from 10 also on Saturday on the blacks on fish a couple of sizes up. Lachalan says the hot bite was all between 7:30 and 11am with the fish all in the 15 to 25kg range. They also missed a bigger fish about 50kg which jumped around with the bait jig!

On the Gold Coast, Capt. Brett Alty’s Mistress found one too a fair bit bigger. Brett says that the fishing was tougher on the southern side on the weekend with zeros on Saturday. On Sunday, the found a nicer one for visiting US angler Bob Osborn. Brett tells me Bob has fished world wide and at 73 years old is friends with all the top captains. He caught a 160lb fish on 16lb (photo below).

And off Port Stephens as well, more inshore blacks. Capt. Tim Dean’s Calypso reporting 7 from 2 trips late last week.


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Back to Tanga 6

The MBGFC-Shamrock Civil Engineering Sponsored Back to Tanga 6 competition was run out of the clubs base on Moreton Island over the weekend with 26 boats and 98 anglers plus 8 crew registered.

Friday’s weather was tough with boats grinding it out on a 2-2.5m easterly swell and15-20 knot wind. Boats commenced fishing at 07:00 out of locations from the Gold Coast up the coast to Mooloolaba with the first marlin was called in from Mooloolaba fleet at 7:08am and the northern boats experiencing a hot morning bite at the 12 and 18 mile. The rest of the fleet found plenty of bait of Cape Moreton, but only gamefish with no billies. Day one ended with 85 strikes, 66 hook-ups and 54 fish landed with 10 black marlin and 2 sailfish tagged.

Saturday saw the wind drop out and conditions more boat friendly. Back up at Mooloolaba another morning bite was on with a number of marlin and sailfish tagged. Further south fishing was slower. All up 19 billfish were tagged with plenty of gamefish weighed and tagged. Saturday night all the boats came back to Tangalooma for weigh-in, tall stories and a great feed with the bar open. “Full House” band played some great music till midnight. Sunday morning presentation saw the following winners:

Champion Boat over 8m – Bangalee – 7,600 points
Champion Boat under 8m – Dragon Lady – 4,900 points
Champion Senior Male and Overall Angler – Michael Wrack – 4,500 points
Runner-up Male – Grant Cooper – 3,285 points
Champion Female Angler – Debbie Dahl – 1,500 points
Runner-up Female Angler – Georgina Wrack – 1,500 points
Champion Junior – Max Proctor – 3,400 points
Runner-up Junior – Bree Thompson – 1,500 points
First and last billfish tagged on day 1 – David Trask & Max Proctor
First and last billfish tagged on day 2 – Michael Wrack & Rick Winsor
Champion MBGFC Angler – Matt Rutkowski

Many thanks to the Sponsors and to the Tournament committee who made it a great event and to all the Anglers and Crews who participated. Thanks to Nick Currey Moreton Bay GFC VP for the report!

Ulladulla – More hot fishing on the weekend

Quick report from George Lirantzis’ Side Effect who ran out at 11am on Sunday to go 4 form 5 in a pretty hot bite. George says that Lisa accounted for the first 3 then it was his go. That was following up from 1 from 3 on Saturday. George also says that Blue Alibi was in fine form going 7 from 10 while Mayhem went 4 from 6! Great shot at top!

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And another report from Sam Owen’s Spread ‘Em last week fishing in 600fa SE of the Kink at JB. Sam had Ben Kiggins and his younger brother (and marlin virgin) Dane on board late last week and came across a bait ball full of marlin on the surface. Without livies they could only convert the one from 8 but were stoked to make one stick for the young Dane – his first black estimated 50kg. Shot above of Danes fish below another that Richard Abela took the week before.


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Tournament Results

Official results from both the recent Broken Bay Invitational and Gamex at Exmouth have been released (read at bottom). It’s been another busy weekend for tournament fishers with Back to Tanga 6 held over the week (results to come) and more coming up with the Solitary Islands HT tournament to run off Coffs this weekend coming and plenty schedule in April.

If you have a tournament for the calendar, send in the details via the ‘submit a report’ link below.

Weekend SEQ Reports

Among the good weekend fishing, some more blue marlin on the Gold Coast and plenty of practice for the Blue Marlin Classic next month with Mat Stehman’s Murphy’s Law reporting a 2-2-2 on Saturday, smaller fish est at 100 and 60kg.  Mat has been trying the switch bait program but tells me he went back to his winning formula on the Larvas on the weekend.

fuelbillThere is also another run of the small blacks keeping boats busy off the Gold Coast as it has on the Sunshine Coast. Grant Thomson went 4 from 5 yesterday on his cat ‘Bill (as in Fuel Bill) with mate Jim Byrne (plus a dolly on the way home). Grant says all the fish were between 60 and 80kg.

And Capt. Brett Alty’s Mistress went 2 from 3 black marlin on Saturday as well (photo top). Brett says that plenty of other boats were in on the action on both the blues and blacks.

GAMEX 2014 Official Results

Category HPS (Highest Point Scoring) Capture (fish) by Line Class;
1kg – Andy Sutton with a 5.9kg Queenfish
2kg – Jason Hornhardt with 11.8kg Narrow Bar Mackerel.
3kg – Jason Hornhardt with a 22.3kg Narrow Bar Mackerel
4kg – Connie Taylor with a 10.5kg Narrow Bar Mackerel
6kg – Will Roche with a 9.6kg Narrow Bar Mackerel
8kg – Rob Mitchell with a 9.6kg Wahoo
10kg – Phil Volicvi with a 12.9kg Wahoo

HPS Billfish on 1-15kg line class – Callum Offler with a 59.6kg Black Marlin
Heaviest Billfish on 24-60kg – James Roscic with a 312.1kg Blue Marlin

Champion JUNIOR – Will Roche with 2855 points
Champion FEMALE – Jo Decker with 3900 points
Champion MALE – Rob Mitchell with 6450 points
Champion Tag & Rlease Billfish JUNIOR – Hayden Michaels – 4700 points
Champion Tag & Release Billfish ADULT – Micheal Callan – 10000 points.

Champion Boat Tag & Release Shark: Mystic Knot with 3100 points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Billfish Boat 7m and Under: Sea Eagle with 9300 with points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Billfish Boat Over 7 m: X T Sea 11600 with points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Sailfish: Y Stress 2000 with points
Champion Boat (HPS) Tag & Release Marlin: Mahi Mahi III with 11300 points
Champion Boat Overall: Wet Dreams with 7066.67 points

George King Memorial Trophy: Bernie Vale 29 tags
Steve Pitman Memorial Trophy: Rob Mitchell with 11 Line Classes and 9 Species

Simrad 2014 Broken Bay Invitational Tournament Report

This year’s Tournament has been run and won with 55 boats and over 200 anglers taking part.  In the tag and release section Gorilla dominated the weekend with some great blue marlin fishing on the Saturday coming in with 3 tags which was enough for them to win Champion Boat Tag and Release. They also weighed a fourth at 141kg.

Second place Tag and Release this year went to the trailer boat team on Hold Up with the champion female angler Claire Graham on board while the Champion Trailer was taken out by the team on Watergirl who caught their first striped marlin in the boat on Saturday after many years of trying and the backed it up on Sunday with their second.

Champion Male angler Tag and Release was won by James May fishing on Watergirl who was fishing only his second tournament ever. Champion Junior angler Tag and Release was taken out buy Jarrad Bryant fishing on Sniper.

In the Capture section one of the clubs valued long term sponsors Viking Diesel and Electric crew on Rampage backed up their Interclub victory with a great blue marlin to Ryan Page on 15kg to take out Champion Boat Capture. Second place Xcelerate with a tiger shark on 15kg line to Robert Brown which also won Robert the highest point scoring shark award. Gorilla’s blue above was enough to put them in third on the capture side as well!

The $6000 Black Pete Marine prize for Heaviest Blue Marlin over 150kg did not go off this year but the hard luck story has to go to the team on Finactic with a Blue that went 149.2kg missing out by a mere 800grams. This prize has been rolled over and will be up for grabs next year so blank out the 3rd weekend in March for the Simrad 2015 Broken Bay Invitational as it will be the best value big money tournament of the Tournament season.

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Exmouth has wrapped up its biggest couple of weeks of the year with the final day fishing of Gamex. Anglers adding another 96 billfish tags on the final day (76 black marlin, 7 blue marlin, 2 stripes and 11 sailfish). This has to be the best tournament result in Australian waters in….. Does anyone know of anything comparable? I know the Exmouth committee are interested in hearing of other events with similar outstanding results…if you have some information to share, please let me know and I’ll pass it along.

That makes the final results for 6 days fishing (62 boats, 6 days fishing) – billfish only:

GAMEX 2014: Raised – 1619, Hooked – 1133, Tags – 601

Combine that with the awesome results from the AIBT the week before (40 boats, 3 days fishing):
AIBT 214: Raised – 780, Hooked – 575, Tags – 303

Total by anglers in 9 days over two tournaments (billfish only):
Total: Raised – 2399, Hooked – 1708, Tagged – 904

That averages out to 100 billfish tagged a day for 9 days of fishing! The vast majority of which were black marlin.

On the final day, there were also another 2 pending World Records for Connie Taylor on 1 & 2kg. This giving her 1, 2 & 3kg Line Class World Records. Also some other great fish weighed in. I’m sure there will be more details to come and a full list of winner, but in the meantime thanks to Scott again for passing these great stats in Jeni’s absence.

Sunshine Coast Blacks

Quick report from Robert Smiths’ Smithy’s Fishing Charters on the Sunshine Coast from a few recent good days on the little black marlin and its good to hear that there are still plenty being caught now all the way down the coast to Port.

On Tuesday they started the day mackerel fishing, then went reef fishing for three hours doing pretty well, then did four hours of marlin fishing from 11am-3pm for 5-5-5 (4 blacks and a sail).  A couple of weeks before that they caught 6 for Ed Martin (who is 89 years young) and his mate Danny.  Then they added another for Ed out again on Wednesday.



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