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I have finally received a report from Saturday’s Ladies Ribbons Tournament in Cairns. (If you have something to add, I’d love to hear it!) Thanks so much to Barbara for sending along!

All together 39 boats hosting 129 lady anglers competed on the day and while the gamefish were on fire (with a total of 91 weighed!), there were also eight billfish tagged.

The lucky teams tagging billfish were the (winners and grinners taking out Champion Team) on board Bounty Hunter with two billfish tags (marlin and sailfish), from the team on Pannawonika. The other teams tagging billfish were Kalira, Hellraiser and Wild Turkey, whose angler Jessica Lenehan, won Champion Senior Angler tagging a sailfish from a successful double header as as as weighing a pending Queensland 10kg line class female record for her captured 21.8kg GT which smashed the previous record weight!

But it was the team on Bounty Hunter that took home a swag of prizes including Highest Individual Point Scoring Gamefish weighed Junior (Lily Sims & Savannah Woolcott both weighing fish 7.8kgs), Champion Out of Town Angler (Anna Koziaris – From Melbourne), Champion Junior Angler (Morgan Brown), Runner up Senior Angler (Anna Koriaris), Champion Crew as well as Champion Team over 8m Boat – for Morgan, Anna, Denise and Lily!

While the marlin that were tagged during the Ribbons I believe were of the lighter tackle variety, there are still a few plugging away on the heavy tackle for few rewards. David Crocos was out again solo in his trailerboat and fished wide of Jenny Louise on Saturday for a little fella, jumping off another about the same size.

Meanwhile after fishing the Ladies Ribbons comp, Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition is on its way home to the Gold Coast. Tim says that he fished Myrmidon surrounds for not much action on the black marlin side but release a nicer blue on Tuesday as well as a smaller model blue about 150lb on 30lb for 11 year old Hayden which was Hayden’s first blue marlin!

And off the Gold Coast (Point Lookout), proud Dad Wayne Thomsen put 9 year old son Ryan onto a bunch of small blacks going 9-7-5 on a great father and son day.  Wayne says that Ryan caught 4 of the 5 fish including one out of a successful double header, tagging both fish (and the other being the only one Ryan let Wayne catch!) Doesn’t Ryan look as pleased a punch? Which he should be!


And on Lucky Strike, Capt. Ross McCubbin put Melbourne angler Rob onto a small black (50kg) as well as a cracking dolphin fish (21kg) crossing a couple of items off the bucket list in the process. He’s out there again today, trying for a blue marlin to go with!luckystrike

And a reminder, if you are looking for a calendar for a Christmas gift, order by early next week to meet the shipping deadlines. Congratulations to Mercury Certified Technicians (Frank) from Florida who was lucky number 5000 liker on the BMFB Facebook page and won himself a free calendar!

Pakula Lures

The summer fishing season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. In the leadup to the Exmouth Heavy Tackle Tournament (postponed to 12-14 December due to weather), Peak Sportfishing’s Capt. Eddy Lawler has be notching up big numbers.  On Saturday he went 7-7-6 on blue marlin for the day and saw another free swimming blue as well as missed a couple of smaller stripes. Yesterday they followed up with two more blue as well as two stripes.  They were fighting one blue when a another fish ate a lure they were clearing only meters from our transom in what Eddy is calling the best bite of the season!

You can follow Eddy’s fishing on Facebook here.


But it’s not just the west coast firing, the little (and tiny) blacks are still making their way down the east coast with the usual heavy tackle blues making themselves known out-wide. Glanville Heydenrych’s charge Happy Hooker has made it’s way home to the Gold Coast and followed up on their 6-6-6 black marlin with number 7, a blue marlin target species at approx 400lbs at the top of Fraser as well as a bunch of dollies. Glanville’s gearing up now to hit them in his trailer boat Ocean Instinct.  Also making his way home yesterday, Little Audrey’s Capt. Daniel Carlson, happy to be back in Sydney. They released a blue marlin (first marlin for angler John Fordham) off Coffs Harbour and missed another two.

takkacheeJamie Behren’s has been another out testing his new boat in the waters off the Sunshine Coast. With wife Jenni, Graeme (father) and Jamie off the 8 mile on Thursday on TakkaChee a Sailfish 218wa (replacing his previous boat Reel Hunter). Jenni was able to christen the boat with a nice little black which took a liking to a lure. Jamie says that post comp (Mooloolaba results below), there have been a few little black starting to show up off Mooloolaba, with most taken trolling gars or lures and predicts once the better schools of bait show up they will see more fish. And once the weather allows, plans to head out wide chasing the blues that have moved south from Fraser as well.


Arrows Express Mooloolaba Billfish Bonanza results have been shared by the club:
Champion Angler – Light Tackle: Steve Dahl
Champion Angler – Heavy Tackle: Dale Penhall
Champion Angler – Other Species: Ralph Bowler
Champion Angler – Overall Male: Dale Penhall
Champion Angler – Overall Female: Did not contest
Champion Angler – Junior: Max Proctor
Runner-Up – Junior: Jake Jongejan
Champion Boat – Over 7m: Liquid Asset
Champion Boat – Under 7m: Dragon Lady
Champion MGFC Boat: Bring It On
First Billfish Tagged: Steve Dahl

There were 23 boats fishing and they recorded 74 strikes, 64 hookups and 46 fish tagged including 14 black marlin and 2 blue marlin.

And the little blacks are making their way towards the Gold Coast as well with Grant Thomson recording 1 from 2 on Saturday morning with son Julian extremely happy to be on school holidays again!

Meanwhile Cairns played host to the Ladies Ribbons Tournament on Saturday and I hear there were several small blacks and sails to keep the ladies entertained as well as the usual host of other gamefishing species. A report to come but it seems that on the heavy tackle side, Elvis has left the building.  Ultimate Lady is still fishing and fairing quite well. Tom says that they are getting a fish a day. The first day of this trip they released a 500lb blue and missed another as well as a big fish but its been small fish, both black and blue since.

Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari was one of the last fishing and wound up his season last week with 92 marlin in 60 days of fishing including one hot period where they caught 61 and 24 days!  A reminder when you’re season videos are ready to send in the links. You can see the ones I have received so far compiled under the video tag here.




Just in time for Christmas, images from the big marlin season just gone have been compiled into the 3rd Annual Black Marlin Fishing Blog Photo Calendar, is now available!  Get your copy today here.

Matching iPhone and Android cases are also available as well as the images as prints, tshirts, throw pillow covers and tote bags. If you don’t see what you’re looking for for your marlin addict for the holiday season, contact me and I can make one up for you!

*For customers in Aus and NZ, the calendar is printed and shipped in Australia. For customers in the USA and the rest of the world, the calendar is printed and ships in America.

In case you missed this and other news in the newsletter, you can read it here. A BIG round up of weekend fishing is coming tomorrow so stay tuned!