Want to know more about the AUSTRALIAN MARLIN FISHING hot spots? The new destination guides are here:

Read the guides

Destination guides are here:


Get the latest offers and news every month direct to your inbox. Subscribe to the Black Marlin Blog Newsletter:

Sign Up Now

Join the newsletter mailing list

Sign Up
Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

seaprobeSouth east Queensland is still a hub of action. Among recent reports this sailfish for Chad Woodbury.  Brother Gavin of Sea Probe fishing charters took him out in his little boat off the Gold Coast yesterday morning for a Spaniard fish, and got lucky with this unexpected by-catch! (And a nice feed of mackerel for dinner too!)

Sunshine Coast GFC’s Club Captain Brent Higgins is also reports a mixed bag from the northern end. Besides Never Home‘s blue for Kourtney (post below) there have been a few blacks hooked and missed as well as success for Reel Hunter who released two sails and a micro black over the weekend.

Yesterday David Granville was out testing his new boat (name yet Dave? Update: the name is Cover Shot) and spotted a large broadbill tailing in 60m while Jay Graham spotted a striped marlin tailing near the banks while snapper fishing.

And a catch up report from Daniel Smith who reports a blue on Friday off Moreton Canyons on his boat Game Plan. Daniel says that the fish never jumped and went straight down on the take – unfortunately dying after 30 mins.  It took them another 3 hours on 37kg to bring it to the surface. It weighed 245kg with a 2.9m short and 1.36m girth.

Daniel reports that the fish was not wasted as the fillets were given to onlookers and a genetic sample passed on to Mike Bennett. They ended the day 1 from 2 missing another solid blue first up in the morning.

BMFB Housekeeping

You may have noticed a few things changing over the last few weeks on the blog.

  1. First of all the destination guides have been undergoing a revamp. The next one on the cards is Solitary Islands/Coffs Harbour courtesy of some great information from Rick O’Ferrall. Don’t forget you can contribute to the guides – tips and advice always welcome. New guides for Cairns and Gold Coast are among those in the works. Send yours in via email.
  2. The directory pages have also been undergoing a revamp. Check out the new directory pages here – you can now also view the listings by geographical location.
  3. For you on Facebook – there is now an Instagram tab on the facebook page. To share your marlin shots via Instragram, don’t forget to #blackmarlinblog
  4. Last but not least, new in the Online Shop – marlin throw pillow covers. 4 designs to choose from with or without stuffing! Photo below.


Pakula Lures

Although there were some great conditions on the water over the weekend especially off SEQ, the reports were few and far between.  Everyone at the boat show perhaps?


One standout was this first blue marlin for Kourtney Kersnovske on Never Home and a real nice fish on the standup – well done Kourtney!

Thanks to Mick Reeve on Bring It On for the pics from nearby.

Thanks to Camberra GFC Secretary Judy Sills for providing!

“The 2014 Canberra Yellowfin Tuna Tournament was held out of the South Coast fishing port of Bermagui from 17th to 19th May. This year, 81 boats entered with 290 anglers representing 22 game fishing clubs stretching from the Gold Coast to Tasmania who enjoyed three days on glorious weather.

As has often been the case in the 33 times the event has been held, the yellowfin turned up just in time for the tournament. The first yellowfin were reported prior to the first sched and then consistently throughout the three days. The boat tagging the most yellowfin was Bermagui boat Mr Hooker with 10, followed closely by Nevahome from Eden with 9. Eden Sport & Game Fishing Club took out both the male and female tagging awards – Billy Rebecchi and Gloria Sebley both tagging 6. The leading junior was Liam Faruggia from Jervis Bay and the leading small fry, Emma Moy from Bermagui.

In all there were 70 yellowfin tagged, along with 6 marlin, 16 sharks, 24 mahi mahi and 9 albacore as well as heaps of striped tuna to the juniors and small fry. Cooper Mills from the Victorian Game Fishing Club tagged more striped tuna than any other junior and Emma Moy was the leading small fry to add to her yellowfin tally.

camberraThe heaviest Yellowfin stopped the scales at 63.6 kg and was captured by Justin Xerri from Jervis Bay fishing with his Dad on the good ship On Edge. On 15kg line, this fish also won the most meritious yellowfin category. The second heaviest Yellowfin weighed 57.2 kg to Frank Tallarida from Canberra on The Water Rat. The heaviest marlin was a good 127 kg striped marlin captured by Greg Hurst on Bill Chaser and the heaviest other game fish was a 24.4 kg short billed spearfish by Stewart Craig on Sea King. The heaviest shark went 156 kg and junior angler Jake Brisbane weighed a pending NSW, Australian and IGFA record blue shark – 148 kg on 6kg tackle. There were 6 yellowfin weighed as well as 3 striped marlin, 2 sharks, a short billed spearfish and a mahi mahi.

The lucky angler prize was a Haines Hunter 400 Prowler boat and Honda 30hp motor package supplied with the generous support of Haines Hunter and Honda. It was won by Greg Vella from Jervis Bay. Greg had to be talked into fishing the tournament by his cousin Ray Xerri and went home one very excited angler.

The Canberra Game Fishing Club would like to thank all of those anglers who made the trip to Bermagui for the tournament. Your support is very much appreciated. We would also like to thank our very generous sponsors, especially Haines Hunter and Honda who help supply the lucky angler prize. Generous sponsorship is also received from Shimano, GME, Tackleworld Canberra, Bermagui Bait and Tackle, Black Pete Marine, Halco, Hollowpoint and JB Lures. Thank you all for helping to make the 2014 Canberra Yellowfin Tuna Tournament an unqualified success.”

SEQ Blues

manicLooks like another weekend of great weather to get out on the water off SEQ. I’ve heard of a few fish this week including this one for Manic who fished wide off Point Lookout down to the Gold Coast chasing blue marlin in good conditions on Thursday. Nick Currey reports the first blue up was around 350lb which grabbed the short rigger lure and promptly spat it.  Working the area they raised another smaller fish around 200 lb which was tagged and released. Congratulations to Dino Rosa for finally tagging his first blue after chasing them for over 2 years. Great to see it all stick at last!!


This year’s 37th Viking Diesel & Electrics PORT HACKING 100 Tournament has yet again proved itself to be a hot favourite among the NSW club fleet, attracting 50 vessels and over 180 anglers. The tournament was originally set to run on 3rd and 4th May, however due to poor weather forecasts being predicted the tournament committee decided to postpone the event for two weeks, a tough decision that proved to be the right decision with gale warnings being issued for that original weekend.

With near perfect conditions for the new weekend all vessels headed to sea on day one to fight out for the 19 prize categories on offer with a total prize pool of over $50,000. Last year’s T&R champion team from Botany Bay GFC aboard Conflict saw their good form continue with an early blue marlin tag taking them to the lead. Many of the fleet headed wide to the seamounts in search for some big blues, however most of the action was around the shelf. Notable mentions on Day 1 was SGFC boat Tantrum enjoying a double hook-up on yellowfin tuna with both weighing in over the 50kg mark and Botany Bay GFC boat Sniper who weighed a nice tiger shark of 275kg elevating them to the lead of the capture division.

Day two saw glass out conditions and again the early bite providing well for the T&R division with a number of marlin and mahi mahi being tagged, but it was the Conflict team yet again showing their dominance, with another two marlin tagged in short succession, this providing them with 28,500 points and back to back wins. The capture division was quickly becoming a nail biting dash to the finish line with 3 boats all in contention for top honours; however PHGFC vessel Scirocco ended up on top of the leader board with their 320.5kg capture of a tiger shark to angler Tim Heather on 15kg for 20,350 points.

Runners-Up in T&R was Reel Time (Broken Bay GFC), from Haulin’ (Central Coast GFC), and The Cuban (PHGFC). Runners-Up in Capture were Sniper, from Carnage (Broken Bay GFC), and Tantrum (Sydney GFC). Champion Team T&R Shark was Sniper and Champion Team T&R Other Game Fish was Finatic from Botany Bay GFC.

Angler divisions won were – Champion Lady T&R was Karla Davidson on Everwilling (PHGFC), Champion Lady Capture was Pascal Paton on Carnage (Broken Bay GFC), Champion Junior T&R was Bailey Hoy on Haulin’ (CCGFC), Champion Small Fry T&R was Luke Frith on Dark Horse (PHGFC), Heaviest Shark was Tim Heather on Scirocco (PHGFC) and Heaviest Other Game Fish was won by Karen Wright on Tantrum (SGFC).

The tournament festivities were rounded out with 140 people attending the Sunday night presentation dinner where PHGFC President Paul Barning thanked all of the sponsors and anglers for their ongoing support in making the tournament successful and looked forward to seeing everyone back next year.

Many thanks to PHGFC VP David Joyce for the report and congratulations to all involved!

A bit from here and there

Pic below of a striped marlin tagged on Ron Jacob’s boat Shakara with angler Grant Smeets. And while not marlin fishing off Port, Calypso’s Capt. Tim Dean had to admit defeat to his better half Rebecca in the snapper fishing stakes. Tim said he was simply a spectator as Rebecca stole the show – go Bec!


And last but not least, the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show starts tomorrow.  Gypsy‘s Capt. Matty Johnson is offering a ferry service to the show from Gold Coast City Marina fuel wharf to the onboard “Gypsy” $10 PP each way. Depart 8am from GCCM and on the hour every hour. Depart Sanctuary Cove on the half hour every hour until 5-30pm each day Thurs – Sun.

If you’d rather ride across on a 41′ Custom Sportsfisher instead of taking the bus join Matty on board – he is taking max 12 passengers each trip – no need to book but first in best dressed. Call Skipper Matt Johnson on 0417 805 333 if you need more information.