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Although the weather isn’t quite as cooperative now as it was when this photo was taken, it hasn’t stopped the black marlin tally from continuing. Capt. Damien Colette’s Saltaire went 2 from 3 on the last day of a four day trip out of Fitzroy Island off Cairns. Photo above is Luke Prainito from Melbourne with his first marlin.

And Capt. Casey Dent’s Levante was in the numbers again, with a 11-8-5 on Friday with all three of the guests on boat notching up first marlin.   And then again with the Boss girls on board on Saturday, he added another.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 9.29.17 amPhoto of Mistress‘s blue marlin from Tuesday. Capt. Brett Alty said that although the water is getting colder they found bait in 400m and had the one bite from this nice solid blue – short and fat – that he put at 350lbs.  You can see a slideshow of the great pics taken by Sean Barnes that I’ve shared on the blog FB page.

Update from Cairns where the fine weather spell seems over for another week and as Bounty Hunter returned from their 3 days on the water with a final tally of 8 juvie blacks for the juvie anglers;-) Well done to all the youngsters!

And a very interesting update for us via Sam Williams’ latest Black Marlin Bulletin from the fin sampling study (download here).  Sam says this edition gives an overview of the major research findings from the project and answers the questions such as – Where do the small black marlin in the Gulf of Carpentaria most likely come from? How many black marlin stocks are there in the central indo-pacific? and What information supports spawning grounds for black marlin and where?

I won’t spoil your read but I found it very interesting particularly the part where it has been confirmed that “there are not many genetic differences between year classes of juveniles black marlin on the east coast, indicating that the same adults are contributing heavily to the seasonal spawn each year“. Thoughts?

Read this and the all the past bulletins, and find out more about the project here.


The weather really turned it on yesterday leaving us in no doubt why the southerns flock north for winter sunshine at this time of year!  Townsville and Cairns boaties able to get out mid-work-week made the most of it and more juniors on school holidays are getting hooked on the sport!

The junior anglers in Cairns fishing on board Bounty Hunter repeated their success of the day before with another 3 fish including a first marlin for 9 year old Lilly and added another for Morgan, who at 15 years old is becoming a bit of a veteran!

Paul Dosen on Live Wire was responsible for the great pics (at top) as he went 4-4-3 with father Mario bagging the hat-trick. He also snapped the photo of Jay Edwards on Masterbaiter who hooked up directly beside ending the day with a 1 from 3.

In Townsville, John McConkey on Maximus also had great day on the little blacks with wife Anne and 7 year old son Lachlan who both released their first billfish. They finished the day with 7-6-4 including a successful double header. Lachlan said it was the best day of his life so far, so it’s fair to say the young fella has caught the billfish bug! Well done Lachlan!


But while its been a refreshing change for the north, other spots continue to produce.

Makaira Game Fishing’s Jourdain “Jeda” Ellens tells me that although the Broome fishing slowed slightly after a weather induced water temperature drop, they still managing pretty decent catches. They released another 5 sails and a black on Tuesday. More beautiful release pics below.


Meanwhile on the Gold Coast where the fishing never stops… Capt. Brett Alty’s Mistress released another solid blue on Tuesday (pic to come).

And from Port Douglas of course!

I have had several requests for Cairns fishing reports of late with most curious to know whether the juvenile black marlin had shown up. And finally we have an answer. Two of the Cairns fleet fished yesterday and both reported good number of the baby blacks on what was a great weather day after plenty more weeks of blow.


Capt. Casey Dent’s Levante fished the day out from Port Douglas.  It was one of their last trips of the year before Casey will be handing the reigns over to Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles who will be running the boat for the big marlin season, while Casey takes the helm of the new 54 Assegai Zulu. Amanda tells me they were out for a bit of a fun day and test some lures with local maker Ross (Revolver Game Fishing). Their final tally for the day was a fantastic 12-9-5. Amanda said that the bait schools of yakkas were the winning ticket and though it would have been nice to covert a few of the losses, they had a day consistent activity!

Meanwhile off Cairns, Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon and owner Greg Sims on Bounty Hunter took some keen youngsters out for a few days going two from three.   This fish (below) is  young Matty Sims first black marlin at only 7 years of age, while the other was caught by 15 year old niece Morgan.  A great effort from the youngsters!