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Cairns – North and South

Yorkey Knob FC held their annual Light Tackle Slam over the weekend (which was originally postponed due to weather, results still to come). Although Saturday was a quieter day, it seemed like there was a bit more action yesterday with the weather better than forecast as well which is always a bonus!

Overall though it seems like the juvenile black marlin have now headed south well and truly.  Ross Martin told me of some action in the Whitsundays – Ash Warland went 1 from 4 with another 1 from 2 with a few free jumpers around – and I also saw Johnny Mitchell got 6 solo off Gladstone (1770).  Look out SEQ!

On the heavy tackle side, reports have been few and far between.  On the Ribbon Reefs up the top, I heard that Capt. Corey Hard’s Askari found fish on Number 10 Ribbon Reef releasing three smaller models in straight line down from the top (no doubt a full trip report to come from Corey when he returns to port). I also hear there’s plenty of fish being marked so it’s just a matter of time until they start biting.


Down off Cairns, on KEKOA we enticed one from two at the Light yesterday releasing this energetic model for Andre on the bait rod which gave him a tough fight – we couldn’t believe the braid held in there!

Weipa Sailfish

Several reports from sailfish encounters off Weipa over the weekend and just in time for this coming weekend’s Billfish tournament.  And when you’ve moved from Townsville to Weipa for work, you’ve just moved from one light tackle playground to anther. Ex-Townsville angler Chris “Davo” Davidson and partner Marnie went 7-6-3 on sails out of Davo’s barra boat on Saturday. Davo said they saw around 20 fish all up and it was action stations from the outset with a pod of around 8 fish up just after lines in.

And a Weipa local keeping fishing in the family, Kristy Philliskirk’s Mofo (Kristy is daughter of well known local Alan “Fish” Philliskirk) treated two billfish novices to their first fish each with a 6-5-4 on sails yesterday as well!  Hopefully some more reports and photos from Weipa to come!

Pakula Lures

I was having a chat last evening to Capt. Brett Alty on Mistress, who has made great time on his journey north from the Gold Coast to Cairns (and a blue marlin on his new Tornado lures within an hour and half of them going into the water off Fraser – watch the video), and fished his first day of the Cairns Giant Black Marlin season yesterday at Linden Bank. And it was another great day with two fish at 200 and 800lbs!  (Updated.)

Anyways, Brett was telling me all about it when we had to cut the call short. You guessed it, another hookup! And another big fish. Although they weren’t able to quite convert it fishing in the dark – what an awesome start to season 2014! (Images to come.)

kyrenia400lbI also heard of another nice fish on private boat Reel Cross on the Bank yesterday as well while Port Douglas private boat Kyrenia with Capt. Damon Gruzdev released this one on left at St. Crispin Reef that Damon put at 400lbs.

And up on the Ribbons, Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition, on the first day of a new trip released a 700lb-er for his guest Steve from Texas, his first black marlin today, and his biggest fish ever. Tim says it was 1 from 2 for them today and they topped off with coral trout for dinner! Pic at bottom. And although I didn’t catch up with him after yesterday’s fishing, I heard from Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles on Levante early yesterday who released a couple of smaller fish on his trip so far as well.



Coffs Harbour / Solitary Islands

Coffs Harbour’s Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club’s new season kicked off a week and a half back, and while nine boats could only find some yellowfin and one striped marlin (to Dean Szabo on Alcatraz), the stripes turned up big time yesterday.

hemingwayOn Hemingway, Marcus Blackwell and his nephew George raised nine fish, tagging three, including a double header. Marcus put two of the fish at over the 100 kilo mark, including one that dogged it for two hours on 15 kilo.

They had free-swimmers, bait balls, birds, dolphins, the whole-shebang in 50 fathoms about where the FAD should be, and was deemed the perfect way to christen the new boat!

Interested in fishing Coffs?

Thank you James for the report!

Gold Coast Blue Marlin

The run of yellowfin continued this week to for Gold Coast boats heading out in search of blues. But the blues are there too with Capt. Ross McCubbin on Reel Busy reporting a 150 kg blue marlin yesterday.  Ross says that they encountered heaps of yellowfin and big striped tuna busting all day. They also caught a double hookup of 20 kg dolphin fish. He’s predicting another good year on blues on the Goldy this year too!

Weipa Sails

Weipa has started to fire in the leadup to their tournament next weekend. Weipa Billfish Club boat Wine Down with Skipper Darryl French and Tony Witcopp went out Friday and went 5-4-4 on sails getting two double hookups off two pods they raised. Wine Down repeated the success again on Saturday with the Striper Robert/Kennedy’on board, this time going 7-6-6 – including first sails of the season for Weipa Billfish Club Junior anglers Emmy and Dylan Roberts, and female anglers Andrea Kennedy and Simone French.

Mick Prychidczuk, Lou Pearce and their children Matty and Mataya  were out also on there boat D-V-IT and tagged a sail.

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On Sunday, Darryl this time joined Skipper Gaven, Andrea on Striper and fishing with D-V-IT came across a pod of sails free feeding on the surface. Striper managed to convert a double hookup and D-V-IT a single. Both boats raised more fish during the next hour before it went quiet with final stats for Striper 5-5-4 and D-V-IT 3-2-2 both to Lou.

This years tournament promises to be bigger and better this year with great sponsors on board and good participation anticipated. Nominate Now – Contact Andrea.

And a big thanks to Darryl for the report!

Heavy Tackle Cairns

Not much to report from Cairns with the exception of Tradition who  followed up from their big fish day Monday with a 400lb-er at Number 4 Agincourt in a one from three!