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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

We’re fishing out of phone range for a few days early this week and so all the weekend action (hopefully including tournament reports from the Port Hacking 100 and Camberra Yellowfin comp) when I get back.  Don’t forget to follow BlackMarlinBlog on Instagram or tag your pics with #blackmarlinblog.

>>Read the Black Marlin Bulletin #5 for all the latest regarding the fin sample project from Sam Williams.

To summarize Sam says “the bulletin reports on the steady numbers of juvenile black marlin samples taken along the east coast of Australia, from Southeast Queensland to Port Stephens together with Western Australian anglers impressing with record numbers of fin clips taken during the AIBT and Gamex tournaments. We also announce the winner of our lucky angler draw for signed copies of Dr Julian Pepperell’s award winning book “Fishes of the Open Ocean”. On a final note we leave you with a teaser from the results our genetic study so far the full results of which will be released in the next newsletters following the submission of our scientific papers.”

Pakula Lures


Gold Coast Blue Marlin

Also among the boats finding the fish Sunday (following on from yesterday’s report below) was Capt. Greg “Muddy” Edwards on Megumi with 3 blues, the boys on First Priority  as always in on the action with a 6-5-3 and Ryan Goding’s God’s Hands with a 3-2-1 blue marlin Saturday.

oceaninstinct2Following up yesterday Glanville Heydenrych’s Ocean Instinct braved a bit woolier weather for the smaller boat for a 6-4-4. They had 3 from 3 by 9:30 and ended the day with a 6-6-4.

Glanville says that he snapped a prototype hook he’s testing on one fish and pulled the hooks on one of a double hookup 20m under the boat and that they were a little unlucky not to go 6 from 6 (photos above and below).

Portland Bluefin

I’ve been hearing of the big bluefin down to the south and a report via Darren Buttigieg from Andrew Borg and crew went who chasing jumbos yesterday at Portland. They managed to get 2 being 70 and 135kg – the biggest in Victoria so far this year. Darren says that Andrew has put in the hard yards and was in Tasmania with Darren only last week where they caught another jumbo that went 100kg and lost a couple others. Nice work!!

Andrew Borg bluefin

A few more blue marlin were caught on the Gold Coast on the weekend including this bill-less model on Lucky Strike with Capt. Ross McCubbin who ended the day 2 from 5.


More to come!


Exmouth GFC hosted the second Australian Junior Billfish Tournament last weekend with young anglers from Queensland and Victoria as well as Western Australia. Simon Woolcott and his daughters Savannah and Ella  (their boat is Savella) traveled all the way out from Cairns – and Simon sent me this report thank you!

With bad weather cancelling the Sunday it was turned into a 1 day shootout. The reduced fleet of 9 with 18 juniors from age 7 through to 16 managed to tag 10 fish although many more fish were raised and one of the boats managed 1 from 6. The Woolcott girls were fortunate on Salt Shaker, skippered by Kurt Decker and crewed by his lovely wife Jo, and managed to convert 2 of the 3 they raised and allowed Savannah and Ella to take out the Mixed Division!!

The division prize winners are as follows with a photo above of all those that took part in the titles. Many of the fish were around the 25kg mark with a couple reported as plus 40kg.

Champion Team JuniorOur Time with anglers Luke Thomas and Riley Smith
Champion Team Small FryGrand Slam with anglers Zac Niikkula and Sam Niikkula
Champion Team MixedSaltshaker with Ella Woolcott and Savannah Woolcott

Watch a youtube clip of the weekend here.

Well done to all and thanks again Simon!