Larva Lure - Change it, lock it, catch it

I hope everyone enjoyed the “It’s not the Queen’s birthday” Queen’s birthday long weekend. It sounds like there were a few who enjoyed it on the water.

The Gold Coast season never ends and the good weather conditions on the weekend certainly helping.  Greg Bailey ticked off a solo blue marlin in his 18foot Sea Bird with a 2-2-1 blue marlin around 160kg on 37kg stand up.  Greg says it was about an hour fight on the stubborn fish but good fun and a great effort. He’s ticked off the solo black and the solo blue now. Next up the stripe!

Nearby Darren Malaquin’s new boat on its maiden voyage (the ex OB26 now renamed to Adios) accounted for the stripe with a 1-1-1 to angler Tim Reid (and bonus dolly too) while Jugs also had a blue and a stripe up but couldn’t convert.

Meanwhile on the NSW Central Coast a few late season stripes recorded.  Myles Weston’s Bertram Elempi headed out Saturday for a look around, as the charts still show water at 22.5c and a current pattern that would normally hold a few marlin.  In the calm conditions and nice looking water, a big upside down tree produced a nice mahimahi for angler Geoff (photo at top).

A few hours later, mid sandwich and beer (as they always are), a striped marlin broke the band on the short rigger lure but missed the hooks. They were able to tease him back for a solid bite and 15 minutes later released a healthy “standard” sized stripie with Geoff doing the angling again.

Sounds like there were a few more encounters out of Port with the Lee’s Gunrunner teasing two they couldn’t convert while Scott says that Born Free went 2 from 4 nearby.

Fishlife Mag

You get multiple shots at a Grand Slam while record fishing in not-so-awesome weather conditions!

Garry Holt’s French Look III fished yesterday, light-tackle record fishing for James and ended the day 4-3-0 being 2 blue marlin, 1 striped marlin and 1 black marlin on 4kg. James fought one of the blues on for 45 minutes in 20 to 25 knots of wind.  Awesome effort!



Its that time of year in Broome where the sails are starting to go off. Makaira Game Fishing’s Jourdain “Jeda” Ellens reports that they have notched up 42 sails in 8 days of fishing over the last two neap tides!  Beautiful pics above of some of the sailfish beside the boat before release.



More juvie reports with Marlin Coast Sport Fishing’s Peter Macrae reporting 2 from 4 little blacks yesterday on board his boat Lateralus.  Peter said with the wind finally falling below 20kts in Cairns for the weekend and some local clients on board for an afternoon marlin fish, they caught the two off the corner of Oyster after putting the lines in after lunch. Not bad for a half day fishing!

And with the juvie season really starting to kick off, just a reminder that I’m not running marlin hugging shots on the blog as of January 1 this year so pic at top one of my own shots from another day / another Cairns juvie :-)


The Gold Coast as the destination that just keeps giving – and just keeps producing the blue marlin. The Caelli’s  First Priority released two on Saturday and Ben says both were caught on custom Larva’s and that he heard of a few more fish out there with some boats encountering stripes as well.

Mat Stehmans’ Murphy’s Law also went 3-3-1 with a nice solid blue around the 300lb mark. Mat also says that in those 3 shots was a stripe which tried to eat every lure twice but unfortunately didn’t hook up. He also noted a few more stripes that normal around as a couple of boats got shots from them – while only one boat got one.

Mat also said that it was one calmest days he’s seen on the ocean. Sounds terrible ;-)


Michael Umback has been at it again in his 4.5m CrossXCountry. He went 1-1-1 on a nice blue marlin on Friday on a skipping pike and 10/0 circle south of the Tweed Canyons again.

Michael says he’s running mold craft hooker hoo heads to give the baits an awesome action and so he can also troll the baits faster.

They also stopped at a floating log in 60m on the way in to spin up some mahi and saw a free swimming black marlin but by the time they rigged a livie, it was gone.

Some better weather over the past few days has allowed even the smallest boats to get out amongst the blue marlin action all along the Coast.