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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

If you’re a regular blog reader you’ve heard the term Linden Stadium – as in, that’s where you go to watch other boats catch marlin… But sometimes its good to be the boat doing the catching (although not fishing at LB).  Capt. Tim Dean’s Calypso was the boat doing the catching yesterday putting on a spectacular show for his Texan anglers.  They caught 4 from 4 beauties inside of an hour that Tim put at 950+, 950, 900 and 850lbs while some other boats watched on! Awesome fishing!

And another big fish, this one on Capt. Ashley Wallis’ Kalira that was sat tagged that Ashley put at 1100lbs. Picture at top.

Up a bit higher, Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles on Levante caught a nice one. I’ve been promised a catch up report from Sharky soon as its been hard for him to get in touch with the service the way it is this year – stay tuned!  And Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari continues to catch them with another two yesterday.  Corey said they got one about 650 and then another nice 800lb-er late in the arvo which jumped around in the sunset topping of a great day on the ocean. (And it really was! Great weather!)

Also up the top on KEKOA with Capt. Luke Fallon, we started off a new trip with a fish about 700lbs for Andy and missed a smaller model. And Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition had the late bite with two fish late in the day after 5 o’clock.

Update: I just got a message from Capt. Brett Goetze on Amokura who was into Port last night on changeover who caught another nice fish fish similar size to the one the day before on the way in!

Gladstone Marlin

A report from Adam Amos who tells me the weather had finally come good enough for them to head out to the 300m contour past Heron Island which they did aboard Sharkcat 1. Two hours into the troll saw a large black launch onto the long corner but failed to hook up. An hour later a blue around the 300lb mark smashed the same lure and put on a great aerial display before winning its freedom. Its awesome to see some big fish in Central Queensland!

Montebello Islands / Dampier still delivering

Capt. Chad Mills on Blue Lightning Charters was lucky enough to see a sailfish free jump, while bottom fishing and popped the lures straight in, teasing up  a black marlin soon after. The guys pitched a bait putting Mark onto his very first 80kg marlin. Not long after Chris and Brian got their first sailfish each. The last day of the trip was spent game fishing off Dampier. Chris was lucky enough to get his second sailfish for the trip, and Tony finished the
day with his very first sailfish as well. The guys were absolutely stoked as never caught billfish before!


Pakula Lures

Finally the break in the weather we’ve been waiting for yesterday after close on 10 days straight of hard slog.  Now for the current to get back to what its supposed to be doing and for the barry-cuda’s to vacate the marlin premises!

Still plenty of big fish around although not all happy conversions.  At the top, we saw Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura catch a nice one (photo) at the top.  Brett says they also jumped off another fish later on. I also heard that Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham’s Black Label raised an 800 that didn’t eat, then had a really big one on for 20 minutes before they unfortunately got the hook back.

Heading in the other direction on KEKOA with Capt. Luke Fallon, we headed south and into port last night adding another three to the trip tally in the small to medium range, and raised a couple of nice ones that didn’t eat.

That finishes us up with 16 for the trip and a big thank you to Jada, Dan and Chip for their great company for the trip which was an absolute blast and plenty of big fish action for Jada!


Capt. Tom Francis’ Ultimate Lady is on its way back to Cairns for a few days but Tom couldn’t resist one last look on the edge before heading south. And it paid off for a fish about 800lbs just before lines in.  And Capt. Daniel Carlson’s Little Audrey also had a mixed bag. He caught one about 600 but lost the sea monster after a 2 hour fight and jumped off a little fish as well.

Meanwhile down at Linden Bank, Black on The Joker tells me that they jumped an 850 off yesterday and went wide in the afternoon a broke a hook on another 600ish after 10 minutes. They also saw 2 other little ones and lots of dolphin fish and that overall the water is looking better on Linden which is good news!

silverbackAnd one from Townsville as well from Renee who spent the weekend out at Myrmidon with the crew on Silverback. Renee says they managed a black on the last morning around 500lb, a first heavy tackle marlin for Simon Gough! They had an awesome weekend on the water with spectacular weather and plenty of quality bi-catch including wahoo and dolphin fish.


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.


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!