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Now that the year is coming to a close – it’s time to reflect on the fishing year that was with the top 5 posts (ie. fishing reports) for 2014. As voted by you (and by voted, I mean you voted with your readership!)

Top 5 Marlin Reports for 2014

1. The top spot goes to a collection of posts rather than one in particular based on an event – and that event is the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic. If you were reading during the tournament this year (and why wouldn’t you, when the fishing was particularly hot and the fish were particularly big!?) you were reading alongside several thousand of your fellow avid marlin fishers.

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Due to the damage from Cyclone Ita, the LI Black Marlin Classic was hosted out of Cooktown this year for the first time ever. For that reason also, it was a one of a kind event and one to remember!

2. Sticking with the giant black marlin theme, the second most popular was from November 10th, which coincided with the end of the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge, and also carried Cairns reports from outside of the tournament as well. But perhaps grabbing your attention was the report (and photos) from Al McGlashan from his week at Fraser fishing the juvenile black marlin (one of the first to come in) and blue marlin action from SEQ and the NSW Central Coast and the Exmouth Better Billfish Bonanza results. Big report!

3. Number 3 possie went to March 10’s report. Now at that time of year, you would be forgiven for thinking of Port Stepehens or Exmouth, but the award goes to Jervis Bay!  But this photo surely drew you in to read about some great numbers on Richard Abela’s Dream Catcher and Jamie Peel’s Samara Lee.

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4. Number four is a recent one and shows just how keen you all are to enjoy the summer of marlin fishing ahead with reports from Exmouth (crazy good fishing from Eddy Lawler’s Peak Sport Fishing), South East Queensland and reports of Port Stephens and Sydney encounters with the first marlin of the season. Catch up on what happened in December 16th’s report here.

5. Last but not least catches the essence of what was a really fun time on the reef this year.  Catching big fish and plenty of them. If today wasn’t your day, then chances were its going to be tomorrow.  The whole period from the Lizard Island Black Marin Classic through to the end of October (this report was October 27) and to the middle of November there were big fish around and encounters daily.  Just reading it again now, and already I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Top Destination by report:

  1. Cairns (Cooktown/Lizard Island)

Hands down, without a doubt. We are so fortunately to have such a world class fishery here in Australia. But I predict huge things for Exmouth over the current year(s) are more people clue into just how good it is!

Most popular of all time

Funny that the blog’s top report eva is not even an Australian fishing report.  But who wouldn’t be interested in reading about such awesome fishing?  Truly world-topping blue marlin action on the Carol Libby. Sadly the Carol Libby team have disbanded with the sale of the boat, but Josh and Andrea are still fishing. Last seen in Alaska heli-trout fly fishing of course!

Most Popular Pages in 2014

Well aside from the homepage (and therefore the fishing reports, duh!), the most popular page in 2014 was the boat directory, which is because (double duh!) so many of you want to fish the amazing destinations that you see on these pages. Closely followed by the captain’s directory, the destination guides, event listings (tournaments) and the photo galleries. So its no surprise that that would be fishing, boats, fishermen, fishing destinations, fishing tournament and fishing photos in that order!

Billfish montage thrown cusion coverBest seller – proving that everything is better with a marlin on it, the best selling blog store product for 2014 was the billfish slam montage throw pillow cover. And as a reminder, here it is:

Closely followed by the 2015 Calendar by the way, there still time to put it on your wall for 2015!

 

So that is a wrap for the Black Marlin Fishing Blog for 2014. Thank you so much for reading and contributing your reports. Lets hope for a bigger and better fishing year in 2015!

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In the reporting stakes that is!

While I wait for a few more details from the west, the good fishing on the east shows no sign of slowing down.

After tagging 9 blacks in the past two trips off the Gold Coast, Murphy’s Law sneaked (I wrote that…okay traveled!) up to the Sunny Coast yesterday for a change of scenery and try their luck with the numbers being encountered up there. Success!! They tagged 10 from 14 with 2 double hook ups in what Matt Stehmann called some ‘seriously hot fishing’ and broke their best day record on board (previously 9) in the process. Joining Matt on board, John Stehmann and the Morley brothers Andrew and Steve. All fish were from 10-30kg.

Off the Gold Coast yesterday as well, Capt. Ross McCubbin reported another 2-2-2 including a fish that he put at 100kg for angler Ray!

Also out of the Sunshine Coast David Granville’s Cover Shot was back at it yesterday with another 4 little blacks. David took Sue and Robbie Wells out and Sue got her first, second and third ever billfish. Robbie got to wind one in too when they got a double header on;-) More fab pics from David at top!

And again, out of Port Stephens, Gunrunner went 2 from 3 again yesterday with Muzza driving and the girls Cara and Bridget on board switching the fish again. With Bridget catching her first ever fish! Scott says that there are plenty of marlin down here with surface bait, bait balls, and sun baking marlin cruising! Nearby Calypso went 1 from 1 as well.

Catching up from Sunday, Andy Bagnall tells me that Seaka went 5 from 8 on (3 blacks, 2 stripes) including 3 fish to a junior angler Jay Thompson, and 1 fish and first marlin ever to small fry Cooper Frith.   Andy added that there was also some ‘weird stuff’ with Cooper’ s 2nd marlin that ate a bait jig and did not want to break off and kept jumping at the boat! And a mako that came up in the spread, and ate a skipbait then took out the entire bird teaser whilst a marlin ate the other skipbait!

outlawPort Hacking GFC club boats went on their annual trip to Jervis bay from Port Hacking (Outlaw, Cuban and The Edge). The new Outlaw had a double hook up and eventually went 2-2-1 to a 80kg stripped on 15. It was the first fish for the boat on its maiden voyage which was caught by David Joyce.

Meanwhile nearby the Cuban went 1-1-0.

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The marlin are firing all the way down the east coast and spending the last couple of days on the water a given for the lucky ones (West coast? You’re tomorrow, email your report!)

zuluOn the first extended shakedown trip of the latest of Barry Martin’s Assegai, Zuluwith the owners enjoying the holidays out of Hervey Bay to Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave then to Fitzroy Reefs over the past few days.  5 hours of lure fishing Saturday (out from Lady Musgrave). The first, hooked up while the lures were still going out in freespool(!) was a 300lb-er for owner Chris who followed up with a 450lb-er a bit later and 600lb-er for Amanda as well (switching from crew member to angler for a spell on the rod!) Capt. Casey Dent reports that the boat went very well and they already think she’s a fishraiser!

On the light tackle side, after Luna‘s incredible report (33 tags in 2 days – see yesterday’s report) the reports continue to come in from both the Sunshine and Gold Coasts with plenty of new anglers getting their first. On the Gold Coast Matt Caelli and crew on Jugs who were another who had a go on the blue marlin (no go) and returned in close to enjoy the little black marlin action instead. They finished with a 9-9-9 in 1.5 days fishing with the fish from 15 right up to 70kg!

And Port Stephens is also keeping anglers well entertained with the striped marlin showing up with Gunrunner’s Scott Lee telling me that most of the action was to the north of the Carpark.  Scott says there are also a few blacks being caught amongst the stripes on the edge, the blacks being around the 30 kg mark. The fished Christmas Eve for 1 from 3. They were back out again yesterday for another 3 from 3 today switching, all stripes.

Scott says he managed to catch Capt. Timothy Dean his second marlin for the year! Tim was over the moon to finish the year with such a flurry! ;-) Just to refresh your memory, Capt. Tim, always one to do things in style, had a memorable first marlin for 2014 as well with this one in Kona!

Scott tells me that most other boats fishing had at least one. And one of those was Dave Tucker and crew on Central Coast boat Haulin’ following up from Saturday when they fished South of Port Stephens and after a late start (because of a hungover crew member (Dave of course!) managed to tag a nice sized black and a nice striped marlin and having several more shots during the day.

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Obsession was another getting in on the action with a 1 from 3 Saturday as well.