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stripedWhile reports have been relatively scarce, NSW GFA have published a provisional leaderboard after the first two days of fishing. With only 130 boats estimated to be fishing the two weekends, it is a smaller event than usual but even still, there are not too many surprises on the leaderboard!

Tag & Release

Sydney GFC’s team 2 (Ambition, Casey, Gale Force, Tenacious, Smartbill) are in the lead with a healthy margin over the next two closest teams, Newcastle/Port Stephens GFC team 2 (Born Free, Gunrunner, French Look III, Seaka, Akuma) and Port Hacking GFC team 1 (Just Chill, Shimano Orca, Livin’ the Dream, Viking II, Ultimate).

On big surprise however the individual boat in the lead in the T&R pointscoring so far: the Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania’s solo entry (visiting team) Reel Gold – well done!


On the Capture side, things area  much closer affair with the Central Coast composite T1 (Dark Horse, Sirocco, Topaz, Reel Trouble, Althaldo) leading from Lake Macquarie GFC team 1 (Redemption, Glorianna, Blue Blooded, Baja, Bundy 1) and Broken Bay GFC team 2 (Rampage, Carnage, Chasing Tail, Facilitator, All Business).

Some of the notable captures: 328kg tiger for Carnage, 359kg tiger on Bundy 1 and 166.2kg blue marlin on Lockout.

Apologies in advance for any errors in recapping the point scores (line class will get you every time!) as they were most likely mine. If you have any corrections for the above or any stories from the weekend, please email me.

Little Ships

Little Ships did indeed cancel day 2 of fishing due to weather on the weekend. Please see the report below for the fishing results. I’ll hopefully update in the next day or two with the final list of winners.

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Off the Gold Coast yesterday, Capt. Brett Alty on Mistress did it again releasing 10 black marlin for the second day running!  Also getting amongst them, Capt. Ross McCubbin on Reel Busy gave up on the mackerel after an estimated 7kg spotty and focused on the marlin instead converting 6 from 6 to all marlin ‘virgin’ anglers. Photo of one of the fish before release below. Well done! (Don’t think the Sunshine Coast was left out of all this action – see below!)


The annual Little Ships Tournament also kicked off yesterday and Ian tells me they were lucky that the forecast weather didn’t quite come through for the ‘little ships’. They have 21 teams fishing with 12 black marlin tagged on light tackle as well as one sailfish and numerous tuna and other species. The lead boat is a Kevla Kat called Viking from the Gold Coast. Ian tells me they were waiting for today to call if fishing for Day 2 will go ahead depending on whether the wind comes up.  Not looking too crash hot!

Meanwhile on the Sunshine Coast, the fish are still on the bite up there as well.  Following up from his previous report to Tuesday, Lachlan tells me that Misty got amongst them again on Wednesday with 5 blacks while Big Wave Dave tagged 2 (1 black and 1 sail) and Take Time the 1 black.

Thursday the fish went a bit MIA with Reel Hunter tagging 2 and Catapult tagging 1.

Friday it was back on with Catapult leading the fleet with 7 tags (6 blacks and a sail) with first time angler Clint accounting for 2 blacks and a sail. Nearby Dragon Lady tagged 3 (2 blacks and a sail including a black to 6 year old Maxi), and Reel Capture, Luna and Reel Hunter also tagged 2 blacks a piece while Big Wave Dave and In a Meeting  got one each.

Thanks Lachlan for another great report and the pics below!


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It was a mere 10 days ago that the Gold Coast put its hand up for the summer 2013/14 fishing crown….and its done it again.  Back in the water fresh with a new gearbox, Capt. Brett Alty’s Mistress was straight on the fish tagging 10 blacks. Thats 10 blacks with only 10 hours on the gearbox – well done Brett!


NSW Interclub

Gold Coast aside, eyes this weekend turn back to Port Stephens with the start of the NSW Interclub.  I had a quick catchup with Capt. Scotty Thorrington on Freedom who has been fishing solidly in the leadup.  Scotty says the water looks really good and its been a consistent 23.5-24 degrees with plenty of bait at the Carpark and plenty of fish around too – they just have not been biting as well as they could. Still most boats are getting a couple of bites every day and that could change overnight if it kicks into gear.

And maybe it has with a report from  Gary Ryan on board former Townsville boat, the 33 O’Brien Reel Diamond yesterday who went 3-2-2 on stripes.

Let us also hope that after Interpub 2013 when the weather gods thwarted three of the four days fishing (and the fourth for the small boat fleet as well) that 2014 brings better conditions.

If you have photos or reports to share from the inter club on the weekend, share on social media with the hashtag #interclub – lets get the hashtags working for us!

The NSWGFA are also hosting a Bluewater Expo this weekend, 3 days of fun filled action for all things fishing, the event kicks off Friday 12.00pm at Wests Diggers Shoal Bay RD with some huge lucky door prizes on offer including your chance to win a Raymarine Dragonfly Unit valued at $945!

WA Blues

The weather also put paid to much of the early season for boats on WA’s Midwest Coast (the Abrolhos Islands) but with if finally allowing a window over the weekend, it was time to test the waters.  Murray Olden report that all in all it was a good start. Combined they had 3 fish up resulting in 1 for 1 blue marlin on Innervisions of very good size (put it at 250kg+) in 2 days on the water. Wahoo and plenty of mackerel also around.

Jurien Bay is hosting the Marlin Cup this weekend so we look forward to hearing how it goes!

Thanks to Murray for the report.


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All along the coast – the absolutely teeny (read approx 3-4kg) black marlin to the better than usual size model at Port are keeping anglers occupied.

Capt. Kim Andersen and wife Natalie had a multi attack from these little critters releasing one from three in a triple header off Cairns yesterday. This a super early start for light tackle, but as Kim reports, not completely unheard of. Kim tells the story of another run of these small fish back in February of 1998 that our Dr. Fish (Dr. Julian Pepperell) was able to get dated back to a mid-October spawn – indicating another October spawn last year?


With the report of another almost identical sized fish released off Mourlyan on the weekend as well, fingers crossed for another great NQ light tackle season ahead!

Meanwhile the larger models but still ‘little’ blacks are still running hot off the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. On the Sunshine Coast, Conor Lynch reported 4-4-4 fishing on Ymer yesterday. Conor says they released a black and sail on 6kg and the other 2 blacks on 8.  (They fought the sail for 2 hours 40 mins before getting it putting it at about 45kg!) SCGFC Club Capt. Brent Higgins reported 5 blacks for Misty and 3 tags for Double Haul as well.

On the Gold Coast, Glanville Heydenrych went blue marlin fishing in his 20ft centre console Ocean Instinct and while the blue result was a 2-0-0, they went 3-3-3 on blacks, including one estimated at 80kg, on the way to and from. Glanville says it could have been a 10 marlin day if they had of stayed inside to target the blacks! Photo of one of the fish in action taken from nearby below.


Also from Peter Jenyns delivering Tsukiji back to Brisbane yesterday. Peter says they slowed down and fished that stretch from east of Lady Elliot to Breaksea heavy tackle yesterday afternoon for a couple of by-catch wahoo and dolphin. Upon finding some bait just south of Breaksea they switched to light tackle and tagged this 25kg black and raised two more late in the afternoon.


And then, all the way down at Port, after some reports of some very good sized blues being encountered out wide, Scotty Thorrington’s Freedom released this nice black yesterday that they put at about 400lbs.  Big Fish Small Boats’ Al McGlashan took this great action shot from next door.  Great photo of a nice fish!


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