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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

The Gold Coast action hasn’t let up (good news for the tournament – briefing tomorrow!). Capt. Ross McCubbin, on Reel Busy this time with Craig and Jim Vernon on Monday added another 8 from 9 (!) and was back in by 1:30pm. Ross says that all the fish were in the 30-50kg range, a bit smaller this time.

The Golden Lure event continued at Port Macquarie yesterday with 20 teams entered to compete in the Tammy & Richard Kirkby Memorial Day (for the Ladies, Juniors and Small Fry).  Small Fry angler Ryan Minuti (son of Band of Brother’s Dennis Minuti) was one of many happy anglers yesterday with Dad putting him onto his first, second and first black marlin all on 10kg on Team Simrad. Well done Ryan!

More from South West Rocks, while Spread ‘Em’s Sam Owen reports a slower day on the billies yesterday, they got stuck into the dollies again and Sam said the action was crazy. I also heard from Matt Metcalfe who fished nearby Crafty Catch with his two mates Brett and Adam Carruthers who own the 650 Cruise Craft. They went 4-2-2 on the little black marlin at 25-30kg on 8kg live baiting the Jail Grounds.  Matt says it was a slow start for them too but as they were marking fish all day they knew something had to happen — which it did on the high tide. They were still marking fish by the time the called it a day! A couple of action shots below.


And a catch up report from Lee Rayner who is (like me!) feeling a bit of marlin envy with all the action going on right now.  Lee says that he was able to have a quick fish out of Eden last week after hearing the reports from the NSW south coast’s great bite over the past weeks where loads of slimy mackerel have been stacking up along the edge of the shelf.

Lee says that they managed this gorgeous stripe on a lure before heading home (after which he heard the bite heated up again with a lot of boats reporting multiple fish up in there spread getting multiple shots each day…always the way!)


Pakula Lures

With the weather agreeable, I hear that the Gold Coast turned on its own Carpark (AKA the edge off Port Stephens, so called due to the density of fishing vessels on the spot ;-)) over the weekend. With the proximity of the fishing grounds for even the smallest vessels, everyone seems to be keen to get there share of the action. And in the leadup to the Gold Coast GFC’s Light Tackle Masters later this week (kicks off on the 15th), a bit of pre-fishing going on as well.

Capt. Ross McCubbin says that there are still plenty of fish about but with the increased number of boats, anglers are having to share the numbers. Still, Ross has notched up another 12 little blacks in the last three trips on Lucky Strike which is great fishing in anyone’s book!

Port Mac’s Golden Lure is likewise underway with the inshore blacks outfishing the blues.  Day 1 saw 2 blue marlin and 9 black marlin in tough (weather) conditions, while Day 2 saw another 3 blues and 11 black marlin tagged. Today is a lay day.


As I mentioned last week, the little blacks have also made their way in numbers right down to South West Rocks.  Sam Owen sent me these great pics of his season starting at Wooli and down to SWR which embody the awesome-ness of the summer season on the water — with the little boats mixing right in with the professional sport fishing fleet. Sam says that he’s put quite a few of his marlin novice friends onto their first fish (and plenty of bull dollies too which have been around this season in great numbers as well) and they look like they’ve been having a great time doing it!

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Upcoming Tournaments

There are three big tournaments coming up in the next week and with good fishing in the leadup, we’ll be watching closely to hear how they go. Are you fishing?

Port Macquarie GFC‘s Golden Lure starts this weekend and after the Central Coast tourney’s great fishing last week should be a blast. The club is reporting big numbers of black marlin in close (all the way through to SW Rocks I hear) as well as blue marlin out wide. (A pending Australian spear fishing blue marlin record was captured yesterday on Carefactor as well!)

The little blacks have hit the Gold Coast just in time (Capt. Ross McCubbin with 30 tagged in the last 5 trips and Matt Stehman’s Murphy’s Law, 37 in 10 trips!) The Gold Coast GFC’s Light Tackle Masters starts with the Thursday night welcome night briefing and Calcutta, three days of fishing and post fishing entertainment with live bangs Friday and Saturday and the presentation after fishing on Sunday.

Meanwhile the Bateman’s Bay GFC Tollgate Islands Classic likewise starts Thursday with the briefing and fishing the three days Friday, Saturday and Sunday followed by the presentation. With plenty of good reports all the way from Sydney to Bermagui, the club is anticipating another great event!

Cairns Season Video

There’s still plenty of action to come in video form from the 2014 Cairns Giant Black Season (in case you didn’t hear, it was one of the best in years!). Don’t forget, I’ve been tagging all the videos so you can see them all in one place here.

First one is from the Seamaiden again – Tara Thompson-Disnard with Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham fishing on Black Label.

The second is from Capt. Alex Johnston’s Shikari (Big Game) sport fishing, bait fishing, tuna fishing, marlin fishing, diving – all the action:

And the last is mine ( :-) ) which is my second video from the season with still many more to come as I find the time to edit them. From Capt. Luke Fallon’s KEKOA with Kona angler Jada Van Mols in late October.