Tournament Report Day 1:
Well the radio skeds weren’t too bad yesterday and I was able to get each tag up for those following from other locations. If you want to join in and follow the reports fish by fish you can do so on via my Twitter feed. Just click on my Twitter handle below. And for those who were following yesterday, thanks for the nice comments and support!
Lizard Island Day 1 – late tag report for Reel Easy. That makes 19 tags for the day to 950lbs. Report in the morning!
— Kelly Dalling Fallon (@blackmarlinblog) October 12, 2014
Well another year, another Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic and even with the challenges the event has met this year firstly with the relocation to Cooktown (due to damage from Cyclone Ita. And Cooktown Fisherman’s Wharf and 1770 and the whole town did such a great job for the briefing and sailpast. It was lovely to see so many people come down to see us off! ABC Open’s Gemma Deavin took some great shots of the festivities you can see on the ABC Far North’s Facebook page here.) The other challenge has been the radio skeds also due to damage from the cyclone to the repeater station, but we managed even if we did have to use 3 separate channels to do that!
As for the fishing, well, its been many years since the event has started off on such a high. The first fish was reported only 40 minutes after start fishing – a 200lb black marlin for Sarah Jackson fishing on Capt. Steve Ahlers’ Hellraiser – and it was pretty much non-stop throughout the day from there. Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura has streaked to the lead with three nice fish at 800, 850 and 400lbs all for angler Frank Padoin. They also missed a fourth later in the day.
A regular from the private fleet, Lachie and Janice Eggin’s Althaldo (150 & 400) leads the group on two tags on countback from Capt. Daniel Carlson’s Little Audrey (650 & 250), Capt. Brad Craft’s Castille III (300 & 900), Capt. Ashley Wallis’ Kalira (700 & 950) and Capt. Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot (80 & 150). Boats on one tag a piece are Hellraiser, Moana III, Think Big (another nice fish at 850lbs for Sharon), Iona II, Reel Easy and Duyfken.
A photo of Phil’s fish on Castille III below that Capt. Brad put at 900lbs. As Brad says, “Phil the Pom comes good!” :-)
It’s worth noting that Ash’s anglers on board Kalira are representing the Bertarelli Foundation this year – and while I’m not sure if these were first marlin for Daniel and Marco Meister, they were certainly very nice fish. This year once again, the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic is taking part in the IGFA Great Marlin Race and satellite tagging program and for the first time (world first), every member of the fleet has been issued with one Satellite Tag free of charge
which will hopefully enable the scientists to learn more about these magnificent creatures.
These PSAT Tags cost Aus $5000.00 each and is funded by the enormous generosity of The Bertarelli Foundation and The Peter Teakle Foundation.
I had a quick report from another Cairns season regular who is currently on route north from the Gold Coast to join the rest of the fleet. Capt. Jared Weir on Shaka reports that he had 10 blue bites off Sandy Cape straight lining north. Two were doubles and all of them had multiple shots. They only caught 2 as the rest either never hooked or jumped off with the biggest around 450lb. Jared says that it would have been fun to stay in the area and switching them as they all kept coming back. So some fun ahead for boats who have time to spend out there.
Another Coffs Update
Richard O’Ferrall with more from Coffs: After a quiet winter, the Coffs Coast game fishing has started to wake up from the doldrums with more promise than we’ve seen for some time.
The East Australian Current was missing in action for several weeks in late winter, and is only now starting to flow normally again. So far, it’s brought masses of bait into the northern NSW coast, and with it, one of the best early striped marlin bites seen for some time. The stripes are still proving to be a bit erratic, but if you can find some mid-water or surface bait and work it for a while, the chances are you’ll raise striped marlin. This spring, the stripes are working in large packs, and a high proportion of multiple hookups on lures have been a feature of striped marlin fishing here for the past month. In the last three weeks alone, my records and reports from the game fishing community here show 49 striped marlin raised, which for this time of year is well above average, and is almost certainly not the full picture.
Read the rest of the report…