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soloWith the successful release of the first blue marlin on the new boat on the weekend, David Granville took advantage of the very next opportunity to get out there again yesterday – this time off the Gold Coast. And this time he checked another box with a very enviable first solo blue marlin!

I was joking with Dave that if he managed to catch it and photograph it as well solo then I would be amazed. But that exactly what he did. Congrats Dave, amazing effort! And some more great photos at top and below that David took while he was out.

And aside from the amazing solo effort, there was some amazing two-up fishing nearby.

thunderbirdMatt Caelli was fishing (two-up) with Mark Bird on his boat Thunderbird. While they had a later than planned start after some engine problems, when they did get out there, it was straight into the action. They got their first bite at 12:00 and it was non-stop thereafter with the duo finishing the day with a 9-8-8!

Matt said that that number included two double hookups and they enjoyed some crazy action including pitching lures to free swimming blues while fighting another!

Truly awesome fishing!

Also back out yesterday was Glanville Heydenrych’s Ocean Instinct who got off to a good start with a 3 from 3 by 9am. Then his own set of engine dramas put a hold on the bite, and after a temporary fix, the conversion rate took a hit as well.

Glanville said they broke the next fish off when it jumped on the line, then got bitten off by a marlin on the bite (through 600lb leader…..!), broke an outrigger on a bite which in turn got the lines tangled around the rod which they couldn’t wind with the fish nearly ending up in the boat. Then to ‘top’ it all off, they pulled hooks on a double header. Good start and frustrating end resulting in 3 from 7.


But still a good day (as is every day you catch a marlin!) And David tells me that Ben Godfrey’s Krank recorded a 2 from 4 as well (top photo).

And a catch up report from another with the good captain Ross McCubbin telling me he wishes he could be out there fishing 24/7 at the moment, such is the bite. Ross reported 3 from 12 on Sunday with lots soft bites among them and is out there and at them today!

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South East Queensland

David Granville kicked off the reports from what was by all accounts, a simply amazing weekend in SEQ.  David fished Noosa Canyons in his boat Cover Shot on Saturday for 3 blacks and a blue. It was the first blue marlin for the new boat and also a first for angler Kaspar Lenigas.

Some more awesome David Granville pics above and below.


Off the Gold Coast, the sheer numbers of fish encountered was awesome.  Capt. Casey Dent’s Zulu went 3 from 5 (Sunday) and Capt. Matt Johnson Gypsy went 3 from 4 (Saturday).

And all on Sunday: Matt Stehman’s Murphy’s Law reported a 7-6-4. Glanville Heydenrych’s Ocean Instinct a 2 from 6 (hooking all 6). Ryan Goding reported a 7-5-3 on God’s Hands (including a good one with 2.77 short length and 1.53 girth). Ben Caelli reported 2 from 8 on First Priority while Matt Caelli and Jesse Hill reported 3 from 4 on Jugs.   Jesse also said that one of their fish was around the 200kg mark (and on the other end of the scale, jumped one off about 40kg) and that they missed the good bite because they went looking for the tuna early. I think that if you can ‘miss’ the bite and still end up 3 from 4, that’s an awesome day!!

Surfers Paradise GSFC All Tackle All Species 13-15 March
Gold Coast GFC Garmin Blue Marlin Classic 10-12 April
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Coffs Harbour Blue Bite

And Rick O’Ferrall tells me that the slow summer turned a corner off Coffs on Saturday as well (although Rick does point out that one good day’s hot bite does not a turnaround make!) Still, they had more action Saturday that the whole rest of the summer.

The EAC finally stopped behaving badly, and brought a big pulse of 29C water down from SE Queensland, and a lot of marlin with it. Multiple boats off Coffs raised blues, blacks and even striped marlin. Most of the blues were fairly small in the 100-150kg class with one exception. Rick heard about a big fish behind Rob Lang’s Black N Blue and attacked a lure completely airborne. The fish didn’t stay hooked up, but Rob and his crew got a good look at it in the air right behind the boat, and Rob said it was easily 800lbs.

Still, good news for the upcoming Solitary Islands GFC Heavy Tackle Challenge that’s coming up over the weekend of 28 and 29 March.

redhotPort still gold

Another good weekend fishing with the good ship Calypso finding another pot of gold yesterday recording 6 from 8 (3 blacks and 3 stripes).

And Red Hot Fishing Charters’ Simon Rinaldi tells me it’s been a solid month on the water and have just hit 50 marlin for their shorter season (Simon is on his last week at Port before heading down to Portland to start his southern blue fin tuna season) so far for the season ranging from in shore blacks to line burning blues south of the Carpark (photos).

Capt. Scotty Thorrington’s Freedom has likewise hit the 70’s – good numbers for the reliable Port!


It was only a matter of time until Port Stephens fired with areas to both the north and south producing again and again over the season. And while it showed some of its usual brilliance during the NSW Interclub, the fishing this week has once again shown why we look to Port again and again at this time of year.

Capt. Tim Dean (Calypso) tells me that they have had some really great fishing over the last three days with Capt. Laurie Wright, Tim and Stephanie Choate notching up 13 marlin in three days on pitch baits and teasers including a 450-500lb blue marlin, a 300lb stripe and 220lbs blues among the fish. Great fun with great friends.

And on the deck, Deano Ford had some good pictures of the fishing (above). Multi tasking at its finest!

Adam Polly also fished the Carpark on Tuesday alongside Calypso on his boat Mistress. Adam tells me that they went 3 from 3 with 2 stripes and black marlin.  That was on the same day that he saw Capt. Scotty Thorrington’s Freedom get 4 and Calypso get 5.

On Wednesday they followed up with another 3 from 5 (one striped, 2 blacks and one only 20 kgs! And Freedom got another 5.


Meanwhile back up in SEQ, a report via John McConkey of Dino Rosa’s Manic who fished wide of Moreton Wednesday and converted 2 from 3 blues!


100 blue marlin.  100 blue marlin in a season.  100 blue marlin.

Amazing Exmouth and the team on Capt. Eddy Lawler’s Peak Sport Fishing, fresh back from a month away in NZ I might add (and back just in time for Gamex next week!), have done it.  And with the season not over yet by a long shot, there must be several more to add onto the already impressive number.

Murry let me know overnight via a cheeky note to ask if it was worth a report. I know that these guys are proud of what they’ve achieved but I don’t know if they fully realize just how in awe the rest of us are over here on the east coast.  Love your work guys!

Exmouth Marlin Blast 8-11 March

Exmouth Gamex 14-21 March

Gold Coast Blues Too / Still

Master photog David Granville was on board (and obviously also not on board) Capt. Ross McCubbin’s Lucky Strike yesterday for a day out on the blues off the Gold Coast.  David reports they converted this picturesque blue and a spearfish as well. There were also plenty of big yellowfin busting up around but David said for them, they had lock jaw!

Great to hear the blue marlin are biting again and with the big yellowfin tuna around (Greg Bailey weighed one at 71.2kg yesterday), there is sure to be some big blues hanging around them as well.  Good news for some upcoming tourneys on the Gold Coast.

Update: Matt Caelli kindly sent me a photo (below) of the big yellowfin from yesterday that was caught on First Priority. Monster!

Surfers Paradise GSFC All Tackle All Species 13-15 March

Gold Coast GFC Garmin Blue Marlin Classic 10-12 April

Gold Coast Blue Marlin Shootout  1-2 May