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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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A quick update as I’m sure there is more to come in as everyone recovers from the weekend on the water.

Leading from the front Smart Bill were unreachable on Day 2 adding another 3 tags to take out the Champion Tag & Release Team gong from their nearest rival (total 6 tags 66,500 points), and Champion Boat Under 8m Billistic with four tags (46,000 points).

With no other heavier qualifying marlin weighed, Day 1 leaders Casey took home the Heaviest Marlin award with 174.2 kg blue marlin on 37kg line.

Congratulations to junior angler junior angler Josh Dickson fishing on board Born Free who took out the Junior Angler award.

I heard that all the boats got a wash down on the way in courtesy of some big rain around.

Congrats to all who competed and to the Newcastle Port Stephens GFC for another great event!

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