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There was some more great black marlin fishing along the east coast from the Sunshine Coast through Sydney over the weekend. And thanks to Craig Kermond and Nick Vella we have the 2015 28th Shimano ~ Sylvania Marina Bill Heyward Memorial Tournament report.

Starting at the top on the Sunshine Coast:


Lachlan Tuckwell joined Capt. Russell Caporn on Kaizen yesterday with a few mates and enjoyed a great day on the water with great weather. They finished up the day with a 3-3-3 on blacks marlin with Brayden James, Zac Gibson and Jayden Grace all getting there 1st marlin each.

oceaninstinctMeanwhile the hot summer off the Gold Coast just gets better and better. Among the action again was Glanville Heydenrych on board his Ocean Instinct trailer boat. Glanville is taking advantage of the good fishing to give the 4kg black marlin record a go and while they didn’t get the right sized fish to the boat, they still managed an impressive 7 from 9 on all on 4kg tackle, fish ranging from 10-35kg range!  (And 2 dolphin fish for dinner!) A sensational effort!

He followed up again yesterday with 4 from 4 solo including a successful double hook up (solo!) and was still home by 11am! A pic of the runt of the fish released on Saturday which was previously tagged and pulled in close to get the tag number.

Also enjoying the Gold Coast hot bite yesterday afternoon, and with Murphy’s Law out of order fishing on board on Andrew Morleys boat Express, Mat Stehmann reports an epic day going 8 from about 12 on little blacks with all fish in the 10-30kg. John Stehmann accounted for 7 of the 8 with Mat only getting to wind in number 8 due to it being a double hook up. Mat also tells me that other boats in on the action included Loyal to the Game who finished up with 7 tagged, Addixtion with 4 (including a pending Small fry record on 8) and Gods Hands tagging 5.

Meanwhile all the way through Sydney the black marlin are outshining the striped versions which are usually starting to fire at this time of year (though Ben Bright, newly arrived at Port Stephens with Capt. Scotty Thorrington’s Freedom tells me the currents look promising over the next few weeks and that it should be all about to happen!)

Al McGlashan accounted for a rarer stripe for yankee Rach on her birthday (Happy Birthday Rach!) switched beautifully in close in 30-60 fathoms while many more enjoyed action on the blacks (photos at top.)

2015 28th Shimano ~ Sylvania Marina Bill Heyward Memorial Tournament – Tournament Report

Held over the Australia Day long weekend: A total of 166 anglers and 39 boats were met with great weather on both days, with warm 24 to 27 deg water. And a total of 15 marlin were tagged (6 blacks and 9 stripes) and 2 blue marlin captured along with 2 tiger sharks an a lot of 8 to 20kg mahi mahi.

The Bill Heyward trophy went to skipper Bill Heaton and crew onboard Take Time with 166.5kg blue marlin on 37kg late on the Sunday afternoon.

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With a big thank you to Vince Lopardi for the report!

BBGAC – Blue Water Classic

Over the Australia Day long weekend the Bermagui Big Game Anglers Club (BBGAC)hosted another successful Blue Water Classic. Club President Paul Blacka was overwhelmed with the attendance and success of anglers overall and thanked the many sponsors for their support and contribution.

A total of 78 boats and 302 anglers competed in this year’s event with the weather conditions favourable for most of the 3 day tournament.

Competitors from 15 Clubs competed including teams from Bermagui, Exmouth, Perth, 8 clubs from Victoria and 5 clubs from the NSW South Coast.

Overall, a total of 82 striped and black marlin were tagged and released over the 3 days. Day 1 was described by many as marlin mania with 52 tags and probably just as many hooks ups lost – an outstanding effort! 6 mahi mahi were also tagged and released and only one capture of striped marlin weighing in at 96.6Kg by female angler Sharon Garbett on 10Kg line – another outstanding effort.

The Most Marlin Tagged by a boat over 7.1m went to Denis Lucardi and the crew on board Haddaraddit with 6 marlin and Most Marlin Tagged by a boat under 7.1 went to White Wash with 4 marlin.

Highest point scoring tag and release male angler went to Mark Trew on board Panlicker with 57500 points. Highest point scoring tag and release female angler went to Tegan Lucardi on board Harddaraddit with 46000 points. Highest point scoring tag and release junior angler went to Cooper Mills with 11500 points. Highest point scoring tag and release small fry went to Mathew Sandy with 11500 points.

Download the full T&R point score here.


I also heard from Nathan Brown’s Head Hunter who was one of the boats competing who tagged 5 from 6 on day 1 and losing number 6 due to unfortunately breaking a hook.  They added another on Day 3 to put them in 2nd in the number of marlin tagged on countback also with 6 tags.

Nathan also reports that there was a hot bite for boats fishing home on Monday and Tuesday (a bit of which we heard yesterday from Darren and Lee below).  Michael Hampson fished his way home in Jedi II to Merimbula on the last day of the comp caught one just inside the boundary before finishing up with a 15-9-5.

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Exmouth continues to amaze

Word overnight from Eddie at Peak Sportfishing in WA that their bumper 2014/2015 season continues.  Yesterday they recorded what Eddie is calling a ‘super’ slam with 4 species of billfish in one day – a 3-3-2 blue marlin, 2-2-1 striped marlin (one of a double hookup), 1-1-1 Black Marlin and 2-2-2 Sailfish It’s amazing that you can catch all of those species in one day, in one place. Exmouth really is da bomb!

NSW South Coast

While Vince is working on a tournament report for me from Bermagui on the weekend (thanks Vince! And the Bill Heyward results are coming too!) there are still plenty of fishing being recorded all along the south coast.

backnupDarren Buttigieg fished Tathra on Tuesday on his mate’s boat Back n Up and told me that the bait was the thickest he has seen for a long time. While the water temp was only 21.5 (with a little bit of current pushing in from the east) there were plenty fish around and he managed to snag 6 stripies from 8 bites.

Darren said that all stripes were above average size. Yesterday he was out again and while the bait was conversely almost non-existent, he did manage to tag one fish that already had a tag in it (which had a lot of growth which would suggest it’s been in there for a while) we look forward to hearing where/when it was originally tagged when the details are available.

Lee Rayner was another enjoying the bite on Tuesday which Lee says stretches all the way from Eden up to Bermi. Lee said that many boats around him and Darren all ended up with good numbers for the day and he accounted for five on his boat with bait balls and pack attacks from mobs of stripies!

Some great shots from his boat Lee Roy below.

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The Sydney bite continues (haven’t heard much from Port?!) and Adam Polly sent me a report from his fishing off Sydney on Tuesday as well in the pouring rain and pretty lumpy conditions in 30 fathoms. Adam finished the day with 3 from 5 on black marlin in the 30 and 60 kg range. He took Took Tim Mumford out for his first day gamefishing got him 2 the second one was a result of a successful 2 up, double hookup!


Redcliffe Penninsula GSC Australia Day Billfish Tournament

Thank you to Mark Rose for the wonderful report!

20 boats comprising of 15 in the over 7m class and 5 in the under 7m, 85 male, 10 female and 3 junior anglers started fishing on Saturday in less than favourable conditions with heavy rain and wind hanging around until about midday, when the sun finally showed. Saturday turned about to be our most productive fishing day with 13 of the total 30 billfish being tagged.

While Sunday provided good weather, the fishing was a little less productive. And Monday was by far the best day as far as weather was concerned with little to no wind and sunshine a plenty, but again the fishing was hard.

(Read on for more as well as some great photos!)

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A busy weekend of tournaments, but far too early for reports so those will come later. In the meantime, it was a very successful and enjoyable long weekend on the water for Australia’s national holiday and first long weekend of the year. Three days of fishing fun and the marlin presented themselves all the way along the coast.

Read on for reports from the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Sydney.

Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast, as if it were ever in doubt, but Capt. Ross McCubbin added his 100th marlin of the summer season yesterday on board Lucky Strike, quite fittingly on Australia Day.  Hitting 99 the day before (Sunday) with 4 for the day, he well and truly hit the mark yesterday making no mistakes by adding another 6 from 6. The final fish lucky number 105!

Anglers David and Adrian Wright were treated to some great fishing with a total of 10 from 12 blacks for their two days of fishing.

I heard that there were plenty more among the Gold Coast fleet getting in on the action. Representing the small boats in his 20ft centre console Ocean Instinct, Glanville Heydenrich also had some great holiday weekend fishing. He got off to a good start on Sunday a first fish straight up successfully released.  Then they got waylaid for 2hrs on a beast on 8kg that was eventually lost due to something swimming into the line. But finished the day with 5 from 6. Glanville says they were pretty quality fish too at 10 (yes a rat!), 80, 60, 80, 70kg before finishing up at 2pm.

Yesterday he followed up with an Australia Day that we should all be envious of.  Some spanner crab pots out first thing on the way out, started marlin fishing at 8am, 3 from 4 by 10:30 and in and pulled the pots by 12:30 in time for big afternoon BBQ!

And likewise for Michael Umback on the water on Sunday with a 4-4-3 black marlin estimated at 60kg, 80kg and a bigger one that Michael said would be pushing 300lb!

Coffs Coast

Luke Azzopardi who is crew on deck with Capt. Rob Lang on Black n Blue have been having some good tourney fishing of late but enjoyed a fun day out on Saturday with just the two of them on board and a final tally of 8-4-4 – 2 little blacks and 2 sailfish tagged (the other 4 bites bites didn’t hook up and they also had another 2 in the spread without biting!) Luke said that the sails were a double hookup which was interesting with just the two of them on board and Rob showed some handing one handed tagging to keep both fish point scoring legal! (And they got photos too!)

Luke said they headed out again yesterday hoping for another fish or two but the current had moved in and they didn’t see a fish. That’s fishing!


Port Macquarie

And another big report from Scott Baker from Rush Hour who fished yesterday out of Port Mac and went 12-10-6 on black marlin after starting the day targeting Spanish. Scotty said that after losing 3 blacks on the mackerel gear they switched over and ended the day with the 6 tags.

Looks quite a bit fresh!


Sydney – Broken Bay GFC

Broken Bay GFC club boat Murrifin’s Rod Findlay tells me that Sydney fishers have likewise not been missing out on the southern migration of the ‘little’ black marlin (or stripes!) or the bull dollies either for that matter!  A top Australia day on board Murrifin for Rod and crew as well going 4-4-3 with a 70kg striped marlin on 15, a 50kg striped on 10 and 50kg black on 10 as well.  This followed up from Rod on Tuesday with a 2-2-2 of a black and a striped in a half day and the nice dolphin fish above all only 10 miles off Barrenjoey!