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Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout

Port Stephen’s big tournament month has kicked off with start fishing for Game & Leisure Boats’ Cabo~Hatteras Billfish Shootout yesterday with 101 boats and 482 anglers taking part this year. Pretty good fishing with teams targeting blues, stripes or blacks or a mixture of the three (I hear they are still catching smaller blacks out wide) and I hear that all three species were reported tagged within the first hour!

The leading fish for the major cash prize is a 174.2kg blue marlin for Dennis Jake on Casey. On the T&R side, Smart Bill are in the lead with 3 tags and 31500 points with several more boats not far behind on two (line class determines points). I’m sure it will go right down to the wire today. Good luck to everyone competing!

Thanks Ben for the updates!

Sunshine Coast


Valentine’s Day fun on the Sunshine Coast. Thank Lachlan for the report! Lachlan sent me the above photos taken on board Catapult who tagged two blacks on Friday following up from a great day on water with 4 tagged the day before off Mooloolaba.

Double Haul and Galaxy II also tagged 4 blacks each on Thursday with Misty and Big Wave Dave both tagging 3 and In A Meeting and Flat Dog with 2, and Capricorn with 1.

Following up on Friday, One Way tagged 3 (with 2 going to 8 year old Bryce – go Bryce!), Big Wave Dave and Fish Fingers tagged 2 and Reel Capture tagged a black and a sail. Chuckles and Capricorn both tagged a black a piece.

Update: Lachlan tells me that Misty braved the weather yesterday (20 – 30 knot strong wind warning) and was rewarded with 5 little blacks – not bad for a little 5.5m half cab – well done!

Gold Coast

And another Thursday update from Steve Morely on the Gold Coast who fished out of his boat Trophy  in 80m.  Steve says they released two blacks from four bites, all in the 50-70kg bracket.  Steve says there were several boats out in what looks like glamour conditions with most boats getting into the fish including the real little boats! Great pics Steve!


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The Shellharbour Open Tournament was held over the weekend with 27 boats fishing the tournament and 18  Shootout including a great turnout from neighbouring clubs with boats coming from Bermagui, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Jervis Bay and Kiama.

With unfriendly conditions forecast, competitors woke on Saturday morning to calm conditions  and it didn’t take long for the tags and captures to start flowing in. The first marlin, a nice black, tagged by Profishent was tagged just 15mins before Jambo tagged the second – a striped marlin. Anyfinn was also tagged a good sized stripe marlin later in the day.

While the marlin were a bit more quiet Sunday there were plenty of other gamefish recorded and Anyfinn tagged another stripe from a double hookup. All in all, a great weekend and the weather was much better than predicted which made for a pleasant surprise!

Photo: Daniel Bergmanis with his second marlin on Sunday fishing on Anyfinn

Heaviest Other Gamefish 15.2kg Dolphin Fish on 15kg line to Nick Sergi on Rip N Tear
Most Meritorious Capture 47kg YFT to Simon Gayler on Downtime
Champion Male Angler Capture Simon Gayler
Champion Boat Capture Downtime
Champion Small Fry T & R Ruairi Mcnamara on Argus
Champion Junior T & R Brandan Lillico on Tailwalker
Highest Pointscore Other Gamefish Shane Forrester on Standout
Champion Lady Angler Chrissie Ward on The Warden
Champion Male Angler Daniel Bergmanis on Anyfinn
Most Sharks by a Boat NFI
First Tagged Marlin Scott Brown on Profishent
Most Marlin By a Boat Anyfinn
Champion Boat T & R Anyfinn

Port Stephens

Indications are that the switch is about to be flicked for the Shootout this weekend, and the Interclub starting next week. Capt. Tim Dean’s Calypso has been picking away with a couple of fish a day but had a big fish day on Monday with an estimated 5-600lb blue tagged as well as two stripes for Capt. Ross Finlayson who is at the wheel this week. Capt. Scotty Thorrington’s Freedom is fly fishing this week and while they had no luck enticing the fish onto the fly yesterday, they did see plenty. Ben says they raised a black and a blue that didn’t switch, saw a stripey tailing as well as 3 free jumpers. They also saw a big blue free feeding several times right next to them.

Gold Coast


After fishing solo on Monday, Grant Thomson welcomed another set of hands yesterday and with cousin Leon Warren on board with him on his cat, managed 4 from 5 (photo). I also heard from Mark Palazzi skipper of Ka Ching who was taking advantage of the good fishing to chase 4kg records on Monday.  Mark says they fought two solid fish, both around the 70-80kg range, including one fish they fought for 1.5hrs before losing it beside the boat! (Photo right).


And last but certainly not least, another clip from Cairns (the rest of the collection is here), this one from Capt. Brett Goetze’s Reel Chase to recap their Cairns Season 2013!

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Catch up photo from yesterday’s report from the Sunshine Coast – this is SCGFC leading Junior Darren Martens with 1 of his 2 black marlin on Shearwater on Sunday.

More good fishing on the Gold Coast yesterday. A birdie tells me (Capt. Ross McCubbin birdie – thanks Ross) that the hot bite was before 10am with the Andrew Morly, Braddo Hitchens and Trevor Simons team on Express top scoring with 5 tags, Capt. Bobby Jones’ Iceman tagging 4 (all for Lorraine), and Watchtower tagged 4 as well. Ross said the fish were all in the 40-80kg range.

Fishing solo on his cat next to Bobby, Grant Thomson got this one too. Well done Grant – can fish, drive and photograph! ;-)


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The Mooloolba GFC Billfish Babes tournement was run and won on Saturday, although I heard the ladies did not quite have the same run of fish that was reported further to the south (Gold Coast fired on Saturday – see previous report).  But by Sunday the fish were back to biting for Sunshine Coast GFC Club boats. SCGFC Captain Brent Higgins tells me that Shearwater and Reel Capture shared the top honors with 5 black marlin each yesterday. With several other boats also tagging fish, the next best result was Misty with 3 tags and they are also lamenting that their tournament was a week early.

Oppositely the Gold Coast didn’t back up quite as well yesterday with the fish harder to find. After a 5 from 6 the day before on Reel Busy, Capt. Ross McCubbin backed up on Lucky Strike with 1 from 3 – fish up to 70kg.


Meanwhile at Port, boats were spreading a bit further wide with many choosing to stay in due to the forecast.  Capt. Scotty Thorrington’s Freedom keeping consistent with another two blacks a bit further to the north. Reports from Ben who also tells me that nearby Rob Curry’s Marquis tagged a 120kg blue, while Ivan Bennett’s Ambition got a grand slam at the Carpark and Myles Weston’s Elempi caught a black and a stripe putting some marlin newbies onto their first fish, and missing another couple of chances.

And I also received these pics (above and below) from Carl Twaddle on Newcastle GFC club boat Spaniardo 2 on Saturday. Carl says that the water wasn’t great but they picked up a couple of fish out of nowhere, no bait or birds.


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