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The weekend’s fishing has once again put the Gold Coast on the blue marlin map with several boats reporting memorable days on the water.

On Saturday, Capt. Ross McCubbin wrapped up his season, before jetting off to Darwin for the barra, with one from two blue marlin putting him on a final tally of 131 marlin since December 1st (made up of 109 blacks and 22 blues).

godshandsAlso on Saturday Jesse Hill and the team on Jugs found a honey hole of fish finishing up 4-4-1 blues off one bait school. Jesse tells me they unfortunately dropped 2 at the boat and had one double hookup.  They had a sat tag to deploy but elected not to, looking for a better fish.

One who did deploy a sat tag was Ryan Goding and team on Gods Hands who put the tag in a fish estimated at 150kg (pic).

Look forward to hearing about its travels in the future!

This all follows up from Friday with Garry Holt’s French Look 3 switching 6 fish record fishing. They lost 2 on the leader and weighed one, a potential Australian record for James, at 170.5kg on 8kg line. Well done James!

Ben Colvin was at the wheel of Steve Dearnlys, 40 Cabo Pisces with 1 blue marlin off Point Lookout on Saturday.

On Sunday they followed up wide of the Gold Coast Sunday for a 5-4-4, 3 of which were bigger than average fish.

Ben says that yesterday (Sunday) they also had a bunch of other well-known boats fishing around them (including Kestelle 2, Capt. Russell Guage on Too Easy, Capt. Bill Billson on Viking) and that they all had 4 or 5 bites as well. Ben estimates from the radio chatter about 50 bites from  the 7 boats fishing the area!

Bad timing with the great fishing and weather for the recent shootout, but all attention this weekend goes to Port Hacking’s Shimano 100 Tournament with teams also seeking big blues.

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Mat Stehmann’s Murphy’s Law was another to get in on the renewed hot Gold Coast bite with a 6-6-3 on blues on Tuesday in glass-out conditions. Mat reports the they were fishing 2up and had a couple of dramas or might have fared better on the conversion rate including busting 2 snap clips after solid hook ups.

Great to see the bite on again as its been a very consistent year. And I saw Lucky Strike’s Capt. Ross McCubbin was another on the fish yesterday with a first blue for Ron from England and some bottom dropping.

Costa Rica Offshore Championships

And Lachlan has put together a full trip recap from his Sunny Coast team at the World Offshore Championships. Sailfish, sailfish and more sailfish.

Sail Fish in Costa Rica from Paddy Dimond on Vimeo.

Gold Coast Blue Marlin

fishfingersThe blue marlin bite continued on the Gold Coast yesterday with Ash Haigh’s Fish Fingers seeing plenty of action.  Ash tells me that he bottom fished the 50s for a feed of pearl pearch and pushed wide at 10am to start trolling.

By the end of the day they were 5-5-4 blue marlin with all short lengths in the 2.4 to 2.5m range – including Fish Fingers‘ first double hookup.

All the marlin went to angler Beau Little – his first blue marlin in 2 years and angling 4 in one session!

Blue in a small boat!

umbackAnd some little boat success for Michael Umback in his 4.3m CrossXCountry trailer boat. After his first blue jumped off in the little boat the other week, this time success. With the day off work today, he took advantage of the good weather and went 1-1-1 for his first blue, south of Tweed Canyons on a skipping garfish on a 10/0 circle.

Michael says that the thrill of the blue in the little boat is right up there. He had a few hairy moments, with the fish going berserk but he is still buzzing from the experience.

Read about Michael’s black in the same boat here.

addixion“After the massive storm that ripped through the Gold Coast on Friday fishing was cancelled on Saturday leaving us with a one day shootout.

We had 20 boats competing from all along the east coast of Australia. We had 19 hookups on Sunday, many of the fish hooked up were tagged/released although being a capture tournament a finally tally was not kept.

6 blue marlin were brought to the scales from 291 lbs to 416 lbs from Big Business, Watch Tower, Hook Me Up, Fish Whisperer, Lucky Strike and the champion boat Addixion.

The air was filled with excitement at the weigh station with large crowd all wanting to ask questions and take photos, most of the crowd didn’t even know that you could catch fish like this off the coast.

This new style of tournament was defiantly a winner with the fishermen and the public!!
Everyone enjoyed themselves at the briefing and presentation with live music, fantastic food, plenty of beverages, great company and an outstanding venue.

Chad Holmes and his crew from Addixion walk away with $25,000 cash and a 5kg crystal trophy with a 3D game boat and a marlin lasered into it.

Everyone really enjoyed the one day shootout and are looking forward to the next cash prize tournament planned in a few months.”

Thanks to Ash Hurley for the wrap up!

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There’s have been a few around the north but is this the start of the 2015 run of juvie black marlin? Caught at Thetford on Sunday by angler Ben Walker, fishing on the Scott “Bat” Taunton’s Valhalla.