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Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

Not too many reports from yesterday when the bite may have shut down a bit, but those I heard of were big fish!

Capt. Kim Andersen on Duyfken has done the big trip up to Number 10 and was yesterday heading south again.  But the miles paid off for guests Jake and Darren Wright with fish that Capt. Kim put at over 1000lbs for each – 1000lbs+ for Jake and a bit bigger for Darren – aptly on Andersen Reef.

And Capt. Dean Beech on Onsite also heading south got an nice one too at 900lbs to put his father and son anglers a 950, 800 and 900 for their trip!

I also heard that in the Middle Capt. Daniel McCarthy on Moana III got two at 800 and 400lbs – and that was all I have for the day. And at the top, Capt. Tom Francis’ Ultimate Lady released a small one early in the day.

Some catch ups:
Its been since mid-October that I’ve heard from the team on Mauna Kea but I got a quick catch up report from Lochie on deck for Capt. Brent James this morning as they have been enjoying the fishing as much as the rest of the fleet. Lochie says that in the last two trips since they have recorded 10 fish on the first trip up to 850lbs and another four on the second to 900. A couple of action pics below.


And last but not least, some great recent catch up pics from Capt. Tom Francis of Capt. Ross Finlayson’s Top Shot, Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition and from the Ultimate Lady herself.


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Pakula Lures

One of Rhino on IONA's great Melbourne Cup pics!

One of Rhino on IONA’s great Melbourne Cup pics!

Participating captains, crews and anglers – these are your horses for tomorrow’s race from the Sharkman:

Amokura Opinion
Askari Lucia Valentina
Althaldo Cavalryman
Black Label Mutual Regard
Bobs Baby Gate Wood
Bounty Hunter Red Cadeaux
Calypso Fawkner
Duyfken My Ambivalent
Dreamin’ On Araldo
Dreamin’ On Baby Admire Rakti
Emerald Lady Junoob
Five Star Brambles
KEKOA Willing Foe
Kaizen Protectionist
Kanahoee Royal Diamond
Little Audrey Mr. O’Ceirin
Levante Lidari
Mauna Kea Who Shot The Barman
Onsite Unchain My Heart
Swabby Precedence
Top Shot Sign Off
Tradition Au Revoir
Ultimate Lady Seismos
Viking Sea Moon

After a quieter day at the top the day before (outside those who were lucky to be catching them and catching them big – see yesterday’s report), the fleet spread a little wider yesterday. I have reports of fish caught all the way along as some boats also head south and towards Cairns again.

After being the spectator the day before, Capt. Tom Francis’ Ultimate Lady was the star of the show with three marlin in the small to medium range released on Number 10 Ribbon. I snapped this shot of him in action again above.  Also on Number 10 on KEKOA, Capt. Luke Fallon put birthday boy Peter onto his first Cairns season black marlin about 300lbs not long after the baits went in the water. And despite another bite and a follow by the sea monster, that was our day.  And Capt. Kim Andersen’s Duyfken also released a fish about 400lbs at Number 10 before beginning his southward journey towards Cairns.


On Calypso Capt. Tim Dean released two from three at Number 7 Ribbon Reef while Capt. Damon Gruzdev’s Kyrenia has released two from three in the 200-550lb range at Number 3 Ribbon in the past two days.  Damon said that he had a double on with the 550 which was a real big one they lost after 10 minutes.

Also in the middle and now counting down in the last week of the big 30 day adventure, Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari converted one from one at 450lbs. And down the bottom but out of range I had the relay that Capt. James “Jimbo” Bladin’s Black Magic released one about 500lbs yesterday following up from a nice fish about 900lbs the day before.

Western Aus Sailfish

Meanwhile Western Australian fisho’s are enjoying another great run of sails.  While Eddie Lawler’s Peak Sportfishing released 17 on Saturday, Josh Bruynzeel on On Strike is on 43 in 4 days of fishing as well!  Off Broome, Broome Fishing Club’s Jeff Cooper tells me that they relelased 14 sails and a black marlin on14 sails and a black marlin on Broome Billfish Charters’s Billistic yesterday.

Catch up report from Kaizen

And a catch up report from David Trask who has returned after spending another several days fishing on board Capt. Russell Caporn’s Kaizen. They ended another great trip with 10 for 5 days of fishing with two that Capt. Russell put at over the mark, 3 more over 900lbs, 1 at 750lbs, 1 at 500lbs and a few rats. Stills from the GoPro below.



levante1124More big fish at the top of the Ribbons yesterday and some exceptional fish at that. Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles on Levante tells me that he’s catching plenty and some very nice ones among them including this fish that weighed 1124lbs.  Bevan (and Jason) on deck said that it was the 2 o’clock bite for angler Bob Struwe and that he fought the fish for 40 minutes which was the big bite on skipping big Spanish mackerel in short.

Update: Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari caught one about 850lbs and Dreamin’ On also caught three.

Another who got onto the big fish yesterday at the top after releasing a smaller model and watching a few of the nice ones being caught, was Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition.  Later in the day he headed back to the spot where he’d seen the big fish free feeding the day before and she just exploded on the big scaley mackeral. Greg had the right fish this time, it did all the right things, big jumps, running deep and then big explosions on the surface.  Photo at top.

I also heard that Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham’s Black Label also caught a very nice one. And Capt. Kim Andersen’s Duyfken made the overnight trip up from Cairns worthwhile with a 4-3-3 at 900, 700 and 100lbs.  Kim tells me that the 100lb-er was Josh Wright’s first marlin an the 900lb-er his second – great way to start off your marlin fishing experience! While Darren Wright accounted for the 700lb-er.

Down in the Middle, birthday boy Capt. Tim Dean on Calypso tells me he had a great day’s fishing chaffing a great big fish off after 2/5 hours – a great result for her ;-) Tim says he loved every minute of it with the fish doing just the one big jump 35ft from the boat before taking them out to sea. Happy Birthday Mr. Dean!

And also in the Middle, on the way into Cooktown on changeover on KEKOA with Capt. Luke Fallon, we had the big crash tackle bite on the mac tuna and fish jumping over the horizon towards the breakers which was a nice big one for Andy and finishing the trip on a high with 10 for the 5 days!


And right down at Linden Bank (do you feel left out Grant?), Grant Thomson’s Cjig has been finding a few. Grant started out fishing at Myrmidon but couldn’t resist heading north after hearing about the season up here. They went 1 from 2 on Friday at the Bank with a nice one for Laurie Smith that he put at 800 (pic) – well done Laurie!


And last but not least, Lachlan sent me his season video from on board Catapult for the season. The Sunshine Coast clubbies have had another great year of fishing and Catapult was one of the boats leading from the front!

Black Marlin Queensland from Paddy Dimond on Vimeo.