More big fish on the Ribbons yesterday. Capt. Luke Fallon’s KEKOA put regular angler Jason “The Hass” Hassett onto two big fish that Luke put at 900 and 1000lbs+ respectively. The big fish had at least three smaller males swimming with her for most of the fight. Jason who is fishing solo for this trip, got a real workout in the chair which he loves! We also jumped off a smaller fish and raised another.
Fishing nearby, Capt. Haydon Bell on Kanahoee had a very similar day releasing one that he put at 950lbs and as well as another “big marlin” late in the day. Haydon’s been having some really hot fishing this year!
And Capt. Kim Andersen’s Duyfken released two at 200 and 400lbs and missed another big one before heading in on changeover.
Catch up report from Capt. James “Jimbo” Bladin on Black Magic who has been experiencing the tougher fishing among boats on the Bank. They went wide last Thursday and had a blue on for about a minute, with at least 10 jumps ,then let go a 250lb black for angler Brett Joynes – his first marlin. They also caught another little one the next day on the Bank before finishing up Sunday with two more including a nice one that he put at 900lbs. Jimbo said that this fish also had 3 other smaller models swimming with her.
And Capt. Tim Dean hangs up his hat on the reef today for a few weeks and after a lot of big fish. He leaves Capt. Laurie Wright in charge on the Calypso with light tackle specialist Gary Carter fishing from this week. Tim is back at the end of this month and reminds that he has some time available 5-7 days from the 20th November with Laurie.
The final report from the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge is in. It was an anxious final day for boats all on two tags a piece on the leaderboard, but in the end, they couldn’t add to their Day 3 tallies. The final statistics were 31 hookups for 13 tags in total for the tournament. 7 marlin were estimated over 700lb.
Winning Angler: Doug Cope aboard Wild Turkey with 2 tags
Winning Female: Lisa Goodwin aboard Above Grade with 2 tags
Winning Boat: Moana with 2 tags
Winning Skipper: Daniel McCarthy aboard Moana
1st Place – Moana
2nd Place – Wild Turkey
3rd Place – Rat Bag
4th Place – Above Grade
(All on 2 tags, countback system)
5th Place – Saltaire