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Late last week and the early weekend gave anglers another weather window for the juvenile black marlin although the wind and rain have come through again now for the upcoming week — which unfortunately will keep most in Port. Read on below for all the details from Cairns and Townsville.

Quick BMFB News
The Innisfail Billfish Tournament has been added to the calendar (19-21 September, 2014). Download the brochure here or contact for enquiries…
The 50th Anniversary Tournament has been added to the calendar for 2016 (Save the Date!) There’s been some confusion about the date so please note that it’s still two years away (no, not next year)! We’re just getting in early because it’s expected to be a huge event.
By popular demand, the Black Marlin Blog marlin print is now available on duvet / doona covers in slate blue.  Check out all the specs or buy them online here.

Cairns Little Blacks and Sails

Bounty Hunter’s Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon reported another 4 black marlin fishing on Friday while Lloyd Binutti on his new boat Reel Obsession provided the photos above from his day out on Friday as well. Lloyd says that the final tally for the day was 5-4-2 with the first bite coming just 10 minutes after the baits hit the water.

Read the rest of the report…

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Broome Fishing Club 2014 Billfish Classic, Dampier marlin and Dampier Classic

Tackleworld Broome Fishing Club 2014 Billfish Classic Results

The Queenslanders were giving local teams a run for their money during the Broome Classic last week. Four Mooloolaba GFC members fished on board Billistic for the comp and ended up taking home the Champion Boat >7.5m trophy with MGFC angler Ryan McKinnon also taking out Champion Angler Overall. The team, made up of Ryan and Jim McKinnon, Tony Kemp and Ben Henderson found the fishing slower compared to previous years but there was still a total of 131 sailfish tagged (along with 13 marlin, full stats below) amongst the 16 boats fishing.  Jim passes on his thanks to the committee for such a great professional tournament and to the vessel The Wench for taking out boat Champion Team Overall!

Official Results:
A total of 381 sailfish fish were raised resulting in 274 strikes, 196 hookups and 131 tags with a further 65 marlin raised, 34 strikes, 20 hookups and 13 tagged. As mentioned above, the numbers were down a little from previous years which is thought to be due to the vast amount of bait distributed across about 15nm from the Western Front to the North of the Peanut.

The Champion Boat Overall was The Wench finishing with 9000 points followed closely by Billistic on 8000 points. Champion Small Boat was team Game Razer on 6000 points. Champion angler was Ryan McKinnon with 3500 points on Billistic, followed by Luke Groen also with 3500 points on The Wench. Champion Female and Champion Senior went to Deb Whitcombe with 3000 points fishing on 3XL.

During the event there were a couple of outstanding marlin captures with 2 fish over 300kgs being tagged and released on 10kg tackle – both The Shag and Team Reve undertaking marathon battles to bring the fish alongside in the shallow waters of Broome.

Thanks to Jeff Cooper for the results!

Dampier Marlin / Dampier Classic

With the Dampier Classic kicking off today, competitors will be looking forward to getting amongst the marlin that have been reported in the leadup. Even when they are not ‘fishing’, the Blue Lightning Charters team go fishing enjoying a crew day (or few hours anyways) out on the water on Tuesday.

Capt. Chad Mills reports deckie Jake released his first billfish as an angler, a small black marlin before Chad handed the wheel over to dad Capt. Bill Mills who drove on a second black for Leah only a few minutes later. Chad said that the bait was balling up and looking promising for the Dampier Fishing Classic.

How often is your first marlin a grander?


Prestige Charters’ Kim Prater with partner Mike Schmidt have a fantastic story to share from the recent Denarau GFC club comp the weekend before last.

Kim and Mike were fishing together on their 27 foot Grady White and Kim had already landed a mahi mahi for the day which put Mike on strike. But courtesy of the fact that Mike had already landed his own big blue earlier in the year (weighing 216kg /476lb  and a Denarau GFC club record), it was agreed that Kim would take the fish should it be a marlin…and the next strike was!

Kim says that in split seconds she had the Black Magic belt back on (yes this is on standup!) and the fish was screaming line off the reel and heading straight down. In fact it didn’t jump until an hour and 20 minutes into the fight. Chasing her around a 2mile area from the front of the boat for the first hour and 45 minutes, they were able to get a tag in on the 2 hour mark.  Unfortunately another 20 or so minutes later when they had her back to the boat she could not be revived and so was taken back to the island and to the scales weighing in at a massive 496.2kg (1094lbs)!  On 24kg standup tackle!

Congratulations Kim on an outstanding fish and fight!

Hi all – back on deck now after a few days away! And a catch up report from while I was gone:

From Townsville: A quick report from Curl Foster and the Graham brother’s on their new boat, Chaos, that recently arrived on the big ship in Townsville from the US. They are taking the boat back to the Sunshine Coast but stopped at Bowling Green for a quick fish on the way through going 5 from 7 before a small hiccup saw them returning to Port. Am sure they will have another go on the way through once the weather improves again!

Off Cairns: Over the weekend Capt. Alex Johnson’s Shikari landed this one from a double header off while I heard yesterday that private boat Kyrenia went 4 from 7 off Port. Capt. Damon Gruzdev reported that all the fish were between 10 and 15kg except for one bigger fish they lost that wore through leader.

And Marlon Batty sent me this pic of a little brute caught on a handline. Marlon said that it was the first marlin on his boat and goes to show you don’t need a big rod to catch marlin!

bounty_hunterMore juvenile black marlin reports from north Queensland with Askari owner Shane and family enjoying some time on board with Capt. Corey and team last weekend and picking up a few juvies in the process.

Yesterday the junior girls on Bounty Hunter were also at it again with a black a piece to Lilly and Morgan by 10:30! They ended the day with 4 tags from 8 bites.

Harvo on deck holding up one of the micro blacks on left.

Anyone interested in hearing the latest from Captain Josh Temple and the team on the Carol Libby will be amazed at how these numbers just keep growing! At last update at the start of July, they were up to 522 marlin in a single season (a world record number!) Well the latest is in. The total now stands at 1,153 raised, 938 bites and 690 successful releases in 78 days fishing (Feb – July 2014)!

The bluefin have been biting down south (hot then cold, hot then cold!) and congratulations to Karen Wright on Tantrum who weighed a potential Australian Ladies and World Record bluefin tuna at 143.7kg on 15kg line! Sydney GFC reports that Karen hooked up late in the afternoon just inside the well known ‘Heaton’s Hill’ and fought the fish for just 30 minutes. Well done Karen!

I’m out of phone/internet range for a few days now. See you on the flip side!