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Some great catch up reports have come in – only going to show that when you’re hot you’re hot. And when you’re hot when the fishing is like this, the results are outstanding!

Capt. Haydon’s Bell on Kanahoee is on the last day of a 10 day trip with Alfred Wagner, old school client of the GBR who has been fishing here for  31 years. As I told you last week, he achieved his dream with a 1130lb black marlin. Well since then, he’s been achieving a fair bit more of his dream, as well as a whole lot of other peoples as well! At the end of Day 9, after another ripper day on the reef that saw them release 6 black marlin to 990lbs, they are on a total of 21 fish.  As well as the 1130lb-er there was a 1037, two that Haydon put at 990+, 2 at 950, a 900, 850 and 700lb and the rest under 500.

If you want to catch a grander black marlin, the Great Barrier Reef is the place to be. Full stop!

And the other who is having a ripper season has been quietly (!) plugging away since I last had a report with fish after fish. Capt. Corey Hard on Askari tells me that in the past 3 days they have added another 8 fish.  Two days ago they had an outstanding day with 5 including a 650 and 700 and the rest ranged from 80lb to 400!

As for the rest of the fleet, good fishing continues at the top.  Capt. Tom Francis’ Ultimate Lady started the day with a successful double header which included one fish about 500lb and another in the big fish category!  He added another 300lb-er late in the day to make it three from 5.  Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura waited out the late bite for a nice one that he put at 800lbs. While on Capt. Luke Fallon’s KEKOA, we converted two from four bites – one of which Capt. Chip Van Mols jumped in the chair for to cross off the final species (Aussie black marlin) in his Royal Slam – congrats Chip!  We also caught another billfish, the not terribly unusual Number 10 Ribbon sailfish – on the scad bite – which was a first for Jada as well.

Capt. Damon Gruzdev on private boat Kyrenia has also made his way up the Ribbons.  Damon tells me they have traveled all the way up from Port Douglas to Number 8 Ribbon over the past four days for four fish ranging from 150lbs through to 900.

Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition tagged one for Greg but also gave him a fight boating a 143lb dogtooth tuna on the 30lb bait rod and laser pro!

And at top, another catch up photo from the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic on Capt. Russell Caporn Kaizen. While unfortunately they missed the tag for the comp, this one for angler David Trask that Capt. Russell put at 900lbs.

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We thought we had some relief from the weather yesterday and then a front came through which brought with it rain and some more wind and an ice cool breeze. But hopefully that is the end of the big blow now for a few days as the forecast has it coming down from today and we can’t wait!!

Update: Report from Capt. Russell Caporn on Kaizen via Wes on the deck. They are back in port on changeover. On the trip they caught 9 altogether with 5 of those Russell putting at over 900lbs and including one that he put over 1000. Guest Steve Dahl caught 1 of the fish over 950 while the deckies got in on the action with the big one for Roger Kuhnel and a 950 for Wes Jones.

At the bottom a report from Gold Coast tackle-man Raffi Manjikian who is on the big Maratimo Serendipity and has been fishing the Bank over the past few days.  Raffi says they got onto a couple of real nice fish during the trip including a 950+ for Ben Grootemaat and a fish they put at 1100lbs the next day fro Brad Benneett!

Up the top along Number 10 and heading north, Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition saw 7 fish, had 4 bites and got a nice solid 900lb-er for angler Greg pictured above.  While Capt. Tom Francis’s Ultimate Lady was once again backing out to sea and fought a good fish for a couple of hours before chafing through the leader.  He was soon back on the edge though and hooked up to another nice one which they converted and had a few more bites.

Little Audrey finished up their trip yesterday with another good one to sign off that Capt. Daniel Carlson put at 700lbs (photo). That puts them at 14 in the 6 days of fishing ranging between 600-950lbs.  Such great fishing!



It was another big day for giant black marlin on the Great Barrier Reef with the middle to upper Ribbons producing once again.

Capt. Daniel Carlson’s Little Audrey and Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition each found the fish.  Daniel released 5 from 5 ranging up to 550lbs and had a couple of bigger girls up as well.  Capt. Tim enjoyed the first day with long time regular angler Greg Seel starting off with a bang and missing a nice mid ranger early and then following up with 4 from 7 whilst fishing Number 8 ribbon with only 2 other boats.  Tim says while there was nothing big, they were some fun smaller fish, all greedy little pigs, all eating big giant baits all day.

Up on Number 10, the big blue Kiwi boat Ultimate Lady got onto their first real nice one of the season and I snapped the shot (at top) of it on the leader at the end.  Capt. Tom Francis put it at a good 900 and tells me they also raised another decent fish at the end but it just missed the bait a few times.


Nearby on KEKOA with Capt. Luke Fallon we put Jada onto three fish for the day with a couple of energetic rats and this big beauty that Capt. Luke also put at 900lbs – all lit up throughout the fight.  And Capt. Jared Weir’s Shaka also released a nice one that he put at 900lbs+.

I’m not sure how they ended up but I saw Capt. Russell Caporn’s Kaizen catch at least two including this one on Number 10 Ribbon as well.


While a little further down the track, Capt. Tim Dean on Calypso saw several for a right bite late with another 900lb-er. Good fishing!

And last but certainly not least, Capt. Bobby Jones’ Iceman returned to port for changeover last night after a great trip with Joe Assenza and company from the USA.  They ended with 11 fish for the trip with some real nice ones including a 500, 700, 950 and finished off yesterday with a 900lb-er for female angler Jess Nuffer (who also caught the the bigger one as well!) Go Jess!


While I heard that its been tough again at the bottom, the fishing is still pretty good up the top. And it’s still good for Capt. Corey Hard on Askari.  Corey added another 4 fish again yesterday including a 900lb which Corey said tested the boat angler and crew in the conditions – but had a great result with some amazing footage and still photos. They also caught a crazy 650 and 400lb-er.

Nearby on KEKOA we converted two at 750 (photo) and 200lbs for Jada and had a bite out of a couple more smaller fish.  Jada is enjoying her daily workout and ‘rinse’ in the chair in some very different conditions than she is used to in Hawaii ;-)


I also heard that Capt. Tim Dean’s Calypso caught a couple in the middle (update: 450&600lbs). While Capt. Jared Weir’s Shaka made their first appearance on Number 10 yesterday as well with a small one.

I saw Capt. Russell Caporn’s Kaizen catch this one (at top) but not sure how he finished up.

And that is all that I know!