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We are at T-minus one month until some of you will begin your journey to Cairns for the start of the 2014 Giant Black Marlin Season. Are you excited? We all are! With good numbers of the little juvie blacks set to run right through until fishing for the big girls gets underway, there’ll be plenty of marlin action from the BLACK MARLIN capital from this point on!

Angler Richard “Rocket” Rocchi

Can you give us a brief description of your angling history?
Started fishing at 5 years old in Sydney Harbour and have never stopped. Fished Cairns from 1996 as my first visit on The Hooker and then again on Calypso from 1998 -2013 inclusive.  Recently fished Kona in 2013 and 2014.

When was the last time the you fished in Cairns?
2013

What was your best memory of any Cairns trip to date?
Highlight as been fishing with my son Jim Rocchi and Steve Norris and his son James for a number of years. But I have been fortune to fish with Chris Jolly, Steve Tomas, Jeff Rankin, Mark Ryan, Phillip McCloy, Graham McCloy, John Poole etc… and naturally Tim Dean on the Calypso. And let’s not forget all the great Deckies over the years Trent, Andy, David, Brad, Dean, Dave, and so many more I have not mention…so to sum it up the best memories are family and friends.

>Here’s a report from Rocket’s trip last year with Capt. Dean, starting the trip out on a high!

What are your hopes for your trip to Cairns this year?
Good wine, good food and great weather…..

When can we expect to see you here this and how long are you staying who are you fishing with?
Back in 2014 for Lizard Island on the Calypso with Capt. Tim Dean.

Tim has been fantastic and a credit to your industry and Cairns. Great skipper and person… hence why I have been coming back every year since 1998!

Read the rest of the report…

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therapyMore reports from the weekend:

Cairns: A first marlin for Tina fishing with partner Anthony and Chris Henderson on Therapy fishing the wide grounds off Yorky’s Knob on Saturday. Well done Tina!

Meanwhile, Darren Ross also reports a fantastic day off Oyster Reef on Saturday with Darren and Nick Connor, both catching their first black marlin on board No Name II. As Darren says “Bring on the light tackle slam!” (postponed due to weather!) Photo of  at bottom.

And Capt. Alex Johnston’s Shikari was also out on Sunday going 2 from 4 on the little blacks.

Meanwhile off Townsville yesterday, Michael Winterton reported a 8-4-2 on fly. Mick says that the tease was fun with just the two of them aboard his September Blue and the bite was hottest between 3 and 5.  With the weather forecast the way it is, the afternoons look like the time to be on the water this week. (Photo at top.)

And another from the west, Blue Lightning‘s Leah reports that the weather has been giving them a rough run over that way but Dingo was happy he got his very first marlin on the last trip in 25 knots. Dingo was lucky, he got the rod as 3 of the other guys on board had already had their share previously as they were on board with Captain Chad when they top scored for the day with 31 billfish (in one day!)

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Would love to see some of these fish left in the water guys! Just saying…

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Weekend marlin fishing reports from North Queensland (Cairns and Townsville):

The weather gave fishers in North Queensland to enjoy some time on the water. Reports are still coming in but a few to start us off.

In Cairns, Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon on Bounty Hunter made the most of all three days fishing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Biggs tells me they went 3 from 3 on blacks on Friday (and 8 mackerels, the Spanish are biting!), 1 from 4 Saturday ( one for junior Jack on right below) and a sailfish and another 10 mackerel yesterday (on left).

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Meanwhile in Townsville, we fished with O’Brien Boat’s Peter and Val O’Brien yesterday for a social day on OB1 with some pretty fresh SWs in the morning easing to absolutely glamourous conditions in the afternoon — and enjoyed a bit of friendly rivalry (read endless good-natured ribbing and needling on the airwaves) alongside the crews on Reel Crazy and Silverback.

I think the final figures were 3 from 5 for us on OB1, 3 from 6 on Reel Crazy (on countback ;-)) and 1 from a couple raised on Silverback. The fish of the day went to Renee on Reel Crazy who copped a lot of flack no doubt from her crew eager to get the fish to the boat, battling it for over an 1 hour – hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth!

Photo I took of one of Val’s fish at top.

With a couple of tournaments coming up, there’s sure to be more pre-fishing as the weather conditions allow!

Two angler interviews via Tradition’s Capt. Tim Richardson – both return guests fishing with him again in 2014! Greg Seel below who is returning to the reef for the first time in several years as well as reef regular, female angler Lydie Fayard at bottom.

Angler Greg Seel

Can you give us a brief description of your angling history?
In the past twenty plus years I have fished South Florida , the Florida Keys, entire Bahamas, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela , Dominican Republic, Australia and flats fishing in south Texas.

When was the last time the you fished in Cairns?
2010

What was your best memory of any Cairns trip to date?
That trip in 2010.  We had 14 bites and caught 10! (here’s the link to a report mid-way through Greg’s last trip here, that was a big week on the GB!)

What are your hopes for your trip to Cairns this year?
Grander.

When can we expect to see you here this and how long are you staying who are you fishing with?
I believe October 23 fishing for twelve days with my good friend Capt. Tim Richardson!

Angler Lydie Fayard

Can you give us a brief description of your angling history?
Coming from France, I spent most of my childhood summers in the Mediterranean and really never heard of marlin / game fishing. I was introduced to angling by Pete my husband who has been fishing since he is a kid.

I first watched him rock fishing on the Sydney Northern beaches where he grew up, then he first put a line in my hands in 2002 on a trip to Thailand and later put me in the chair during our first Cairns fishing trip in 2006 and I have been **loving** it ever since!

When was the last time the you fished in Cairns?
October 2013

What was your best memory of any Cairns trip to date?
So many good memories. I would say at least one good memory every year, but some of my highlights and favorite times are:

1103 pound black marlin on Tradition2003 First time I came to Cairns with Pete. I discovered (and snorkeled) on the Great Barrier Reef for the first time. I knew I would come back….
2006 First trip on Tradition, meeting Tim and first black marlin released. I was hooked already!!!!
2007 4 .5 hours in the chair fighting my first monster who got away….
2008 Winning the Lizard Island Champion Female Angler
2009 Pixie Pinnacle, where Pete asked for my hand while we were snorkeling in one of the most beautiful place on earth!
2011 Black marlin of a lifetime 1103lbs on 130lb tackle.

But the best one will be meeting so many fantastic people that we have made so many good friends now!
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A discouraging weather forecast postponed the tournament by a week, allowing many to attend instead the Sydney Boat Show and make those tackle adjustments accordingly…

On the weekend of the rescheduled event (9-10th of August) with weather in the competitors’ favour, 25 boats headed to sea for the annual Sydney Game Fishing Club Geoff Woolley Memorial Mako Tournament.

11 year old Aaron Ayad is definitely someone to watch in the years to come. Managing 9 of Smartbill's 11 sharks over the years photo taken by Claire Jones.

11 year old Aaron Ayad is definitely someone to watch in the years to come. Managing 9 of Smartbill’s 11 sharks over the years photo taken by Claire Jones.

The majority of the fleet drifted the lucrative hotspot of Browns Mountain which lead to SGFC boat Casey getting off to an early lead tagging 2 sharks by the first sked. The T&R pace continued steadily throughout day with team Smartbill (with juniors anglers Aaron and Jerome Ayad capitalising on a busy tagging afternoon), taking the lead at the halfway point with 7 tags.  Hot on their heals, the teams on board Casey, Ambition and Chasin’ Tail.

Port Hacking GFC Boat Scirocco boated a pending Club, NSW, Australian and World Record thresher shark of 151.6kg to small-fry Angler Reece Cokrun (well done Reece!)

Other captures included a 141.1kg mako shark to junior angler Aj Qahoush onboard Botany Bay GFC boat Madness and eventual winners, SGFC The Executioner with a 160.1kg mako.

Read the rest of the report…