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In the north

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More big fish were reported on the reef yesterday. The photo above from Capt. Steve Ahlers on Hellraiser of a big fish they released yesterday that he put at 1100lbs fishing nor.  And catch up shots below from a couple of their big fish in the last week (yesterday’s report) from Capt. Adam Jordan on Iona 2.


Also down the bottom, Capt. Daniel Carlson’s Little Audrey went 1 from 3 with a 450lb-er for first time marlin angler Fin. And Phil got to drive for the first time on his ‘new’ boat while Capt. Dan headed down to take some happy snaps. Dan tells me he’s feeling confident after his first photographic stint that he has the goods to be a top marlin photographer – I’m just waiting to see the evidence! ;-)

Further up the reef a few more fish. Capt. Dean Beech on Onsite went 2 from 4 with a 300 and 800lb-ers. He also tells me that Capt. Russell Caporn’s Kaizen released a nice one and Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari also released two from three. Further up again, on KEKOA with Capt. Luke Fallon we went one from three with a fish about 700lbs for the Hass (screenshot), while nearby Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition also released one about 300lbs.


And a catch up report from Kyrenia’s Capt. Damon Gruzdev who is on his way back to Port after a trip up to Number 3 Ribbon.  Damon tells me that he fished with Pete and Anthea and their now 14month old bub. Earlier in the year in July, Pete and Anthea fished with Damon on the little fish catching 4 from 5 on little ones with Anthea with the then 10 month old baby on board. On this trip, she caught her first heavy tackle marlin at 250lb, with Pete catching three at 300, 700 and 800lbs, in some pretty sloppy conditions with nary a complaint from bub!

Gold Coast blue marlin

More good news on the Gold Coast blue marlin front, I had a report from Mana Stack who is skipper of his little 25 foot Bertram Loyal to the Game. Mana says they he fished the Riv Grounds off the Gold Coast Thursday with brother Kane and tagged 1 from 2 blues. They only fished half a day for the fish they put around the 250lb mark but think if they had have stayed around for the afternoon bite it would have gone off! Mana says there is a lot of bait out there.


Western Aus, Montebello Islands

And over in WA, the Blue Lightning Charters team have come back to civilisation and gone out again on another trip. In their brief return to internet service Leah tells me they had another great week out at the Montes and did their usual stint of billfishing on the way back and for the big crew from all corners of Australia, released 5 sailfish and 2 juvenile black marlin.

Pakula Lures

Catch up pics at top are from the day before of Capt. Dean Beech’s 900lb-er at sunset on Onsite.

And a catch up report from Capt. Adam Jordan’s Iona who tells me he’s had a great week’s fishing recording 8 marlin in the past 7 days — including 2 in the 900lb range, one that he put at 950lb and another that he put at 1000lbs, and 2 in the 550lb range and one at 200lb, all from 12 bites. He’s heading down from the Ribbons to the Bank today.

But on the whole, the fishing has been a bit tougher this week which has spread the fleet wide all the way from the Light and Jenny Louise to Day Reef at the top.  But there are a few being caught all the way along. Off the light in the south, Capt. Daniel Carlson’s Little Audrey went one from two. Up near the Bank, Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura, fishing ex-Port Douglas charter boat owner Kevin Mullins (who previously owned Fifth Dimension) went two from four yesterday with a nice one at 750lbs as well as a smaller fish.  Brett told me they also caught a smaller one the day before.

About to start Marlin Mag’s Marlin University with Capt. Bobby Jones and Capt. Peter B Wright on Iceman and Capt. Haydon Bell on Kanahoee, I heard that Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon on Bounty Hunter has still been catching away with a fish a day.

Up to the top we (Capt. Luke Fallon’s KEKOA) fished Number 10 to add another to the trip tally with a smaller model for Jason – colourful fish (photo below). While nearby, Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari also released a small one.  And up the very top, Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition got one about 550lbs in the dirty water at Day before heading back down to Number 10.


And as for the Brazil connection:

Mike Tarmey who has worked on deck over here off Cairns for the past couple of years is missing the reef and fishing Brazil this year instead. Fishing has been pretty good, just yesterday the release 5 from 6 whites.  While a few days ago he had an encounter with a blue marlin that’s going viral on Facebook – so if you are on FB, check it out on the blog page today here. A 300lb blue ending up in the cockpit!

Up the top, it was a late bite but a good one for Capt. Dean Beech on Onsite who released a fish he put at 9-950lbs for Mark right before lines in.

And from the bottom, a report via Lachlan Tuckwell from Ben Kelly who started fishing yesterday on Kaizen and going 1 from 2 with an 800lb fish to Ethan Harrington on the Bank and missing a smaller fish on the Ridge later in the afternoon.


Reporting from the top, Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition headed back out for the first day of a new trip with regular client Stephan back for a 10 day stint on the reef and releasing a nice one to get things off to a good start that Capt. Tim put at 850lbs (photo).  Nearby Capt. Bobby Jones’ Iceman and Capt. Luke Fallon’s KEKOA both released smaller fish.

In the middle, I heard that Kamikaze and Shaka also released little fish each while right down the bottom on the Bank, Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura released two including a 500lb-er and a smaller fish on what seemed to be a quieter day over all.

And a catch up report from another Whitsunday’s boat Topless who are spending some time over the next month on the Ribbons and released a small one about 150lbs on Number 2 on Monday.

Capt. Kim Andersen’s Duyfken is back out after a day in Port today and wants to remind that he has 24-26 November open.  If you’re interested, contact Kim via the website!

From Central QueenslandBite Me Charter’s Scott “Puddles” Coulter tells me that there have been quite a few more little blacks around.  While doing a shoot for Channel 7 Rockhampton, they released a 30-35kg black and a couple of long tail.  On Saturday, he put Briny and Shelly onto their first game fish a few dollies and a black marlin around 20-25 kg. Scotty also tells me that another boat released an est 100kg black at Swains Reef on Wednesday and that Jeff from Tackleworld Rockhampton got one yesterday morning around Outer Rock where a privet boat got 1 in the same area on Sunday.


robwoodAnd more from Fraser (tourney report is coming!) – Rob Wood tells me he had a great weekend fishing the HBGFC tournament and that the blues were going off. They had two double hook ups on blues. The first they landed both fish around the 130 kg mark the second they dropped one but landed one about 170kg (the missed was a fish about 100kg).

On Day 2 they headed down to the canyons off Waddy point and hooked a good fish around about 250 kg and later in the day hooked a smaller one about eighty kilos. Rob says that the blues seemed to be more concentrated around the northern end of the spit from the light ship down all the way along.

On Day 3 they fished from 7.00 am to 1.30 pm and had eight bites one double hook up and landed one fish. The bait was in deep around the 200m mark, and while some fish were concentrated in the 200m mark, they also caught some fish in 400m. Many first time heavy tackle anglers hooked their first blues during the tournament and Rob says this has been the best blue bite he has seen in ten years – plus the weather was great! Hopefully they all move south for a bumper year at Cape Moreton and the Goldy.

Rob also says that the light tackle side of the comp was okay but you can’t go past the heavy tackle;-) They did catch one small black off the lighthouse at Sandy Cape just on dark on the way back to the mother ship and had another on the teaser while waiting for fuel at Rooneys Point on Friday night.

Rob says if you’re a keen blue marlin fisherman head to Fraser Island now!