Big loooonnnggg report today. Be sure to read all the way to the end.
Starting from the top end of the reef -Capt. Dean Beech’s Onsite has spent the last couple of days out in the vicinity of Osprey Reef jigging and popping and the like. In addition to the usual species they have also had a bit more billy action with a 700lb blue marlin, a 250lb black marlin (on the laser pro) and a double header of sailfish!
In on the edge, Number 10 Ribbon still delivering late in the season with us on Capt. Luke Fallon’s KEKOA going 3 from 3 yesterday including another nice fish at 800lbs for Stewie as well as a smaller model each for Tman and Rick.
While it was quiet in the Middle, there were a couple at the bottom. Capt. Laurie Wright at the helm of Calypso with light tackle specialists Gary and Sherrell Carter on board finished up their trip, alas with no luck on the light but with a nice one about 750lbs (photo) on the conventional on the last day. That’s it for the Calypso 2014 season and the boys are off tomorrow to start the journey south, no doubt looking forward to another big Port Stephens season!
Capt. Daniel Carlson’s Little Audrey headed out for a look to the sea mount and back for two bites, catching a 500lb blue and jumping a mid range black off.
Catch up report from Capt. Russell Caporn’s latest trip on Kaizen some of which we’ve already heard about. Ben Kelly who was on board for the week tells me they ended up with 6 from 8 fish. Ethan Harrington, on first trip on the reef got one about 800 lbs fish on the Bank within the first 15 mins of fishing on Day 1 to start them off on a high. On the second day they traveled north and missed the bite on a real good one on Number 2 Ribbon. After that they fished up to Number 5 Ribbon with a fish Russell put at 900 for Ben and a smaller model after that for Ethan. The next day was 3 from 3 again at Number 5, two smaller fish and then one at 950lbs for Ethan at 6:30pm.
And another catch up from Andrew Tivey who took son Ryan out on Sunday to Linden Bank in his little side console Hook-In. Andrew says that it was a pretty slow day until this nice lit up 400lb-er turned up marking Ryan’s third fish for the season which he’s pretty stoked about!
Lady Musgrave blue marlin
Another Cairns regular who must be missing the action this year, Capt. Simon Carosi, sent me an update from a trip wide to Lady Musgrave where he scratched the itch with some awesome blue marlin (and black!) action. Simon says that they were there on Dennis Deane’s Silent World 11 and the gameboat Assegai for a five day shakedown trip to Lady Musgrave with Capt Pete Mitchell and Simon. It was an awesome week of weather and steady fishing. They had 4 bites on teasers traveling up and then went 6 from 8 over the 5 day trip. After catching several blues himself Dennis put his mothership crew into the chair and Nick and Sam caught their first blue each. Then Capt. Pete topped it all off with this black that Simon put at 500lbs!
Central Queensland Juvies
A couple of reports from Central Queensland where the little black marlin (and not so little) are still moving through. Capt. Scotty Coulter’s Bite Me put regular angler Shaz onto this estimated 55kg black out of Yeppoon around Flat Island (left) while Ultimate Sportfishing Charters Capt. Ross Grennan put Jim onto this little guy on right for his birthday!
PNG Blue marlin season
Report from Travis Franklin who’s been missing out studying for his final exams at JCU in Townsville. Travis’ father owns the boat Satisfaction in Lae, PNG which we remember was captained by Laurie Wright in this years PNG fishing titles and has been distracting poor Travis with the reports of the good fishing.
Even though peak season isn’t usually until late January/early February, several boats have been getting multiple shots per day.
Weekend on the 1-2nd November
Saw a number of fish being caught with Phil Franklin’s Satisfaction and angler Louise Franklin tagging two from two, one on 15kg est about 80kg and the other on 24kg estimated about 120kg. Phil Leahy’s Zenag 3 also went two from two. Troy Ryan’s Naughty Buoy tagged an estimated 50kg blue on 8kg and Bob Howden’s Witch Doctor lost a fish on 10kg after a 2.5hrs fight.
Weekend 8-9th November
Satisfaction with angler Louise Franklin again on strike and tagged an estimated 90kg blue on 15kg. Stanley Leahy on Zenag 3 caught a 40kg yellow fin (photo) and Rebecca Jones on Catalyst also tagged a blue.
Weekend 15-16th November
Bob Howden’s WitchDoctor tagged 2 fish from 7 bites.