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A quick update from the Gold Coast which fished well again yesterday with Capt. Ross McCubbin reporting 5 from 9 fish in the 30 to 60kg range for a morning only outing. Ross says that puts him at 30 blacks in the last five trips now! Another racking up the numbers is Matt Stehman’s Murphy’s Law. Matt says that they out on both Friday and Saturday and tagged 11 fish in the 2 days with one estimated weight of 120kg on 8kg (which was tagged at 6:20pm after a 2 hr long fight on 8 to Andy Morley!) All other fish were in the 20-70kg range.  And that puts them at 37 tags all together in the last 10 trips!

The photos at top were taken by Benny Godfrey from Krank Productions of Murphy’s Law
in action.

And while I’ve seen a few smaller blacks and sails show up on the ‘Fishbook’ over the past few days, I had a quick report from Sea Fever’s Ashley in the Whitsundays who also went 1 from 2 on a 30kg model on Sunday off Hook Island for David from Las Vegas who also boated a big Spanish.

Central Coast GFC Nautilus Marine Blue Water Classic

The Central Coast GFC Nautilus Marine Blue Water Classic was held on 3-4th January with 31 boats and 201 anglers competing.  Good weather and successful fishing combined to make for a great tournament. In fact, I hear that it was the most successful tournament in terms of fish numbers that the event has seen to date!

Overall 13 black marlin and 6 striped marlin were tagged with 3 boats finishing the tournament on 4 marlin tags (Freedom, Orca and Goliath), with line class and oother species making the difference in the points. 70 dolphin fish were also tagged and released(!) and 3 captured – the best weighing in at 18.2kg to angler Andrew Fairless on El Bandito from Wollongong GFC. There were also 8 sharks were tagged and released and 7 sharks weighed with the largest weighing in at 366kg on 15kg line class to angler Andrew Patti on Vengeance from Lake Macquarie GFC.

Capt Scotty Thorrington guided his CCGFC team on the mighty Freedom to a come from behind victory tagging 4 black marlin on 10kg line, and a hammerhead shark on 15kg to Champion Boat (over 8m) Tag and Release. And CCGFC President Nathan Bajada and his crew took out the under 8m Tag and Release category, in Nathan’s new 5.5m Cruisecraft Finfisn, with a black and striped marlin tagged, plus a couple of dolphin fish.


Lake Maquarie GFC boat Vengeance took out the Champion Boat (under 8m) Capture trophy while the Champion Boat (over 8m) Capture was taken out by the crew on Double Trigger.

A special mention of all the Small Fry and Junior Anglers who are the future of our sport, so worthy of recognition:

5 year old “CCGFC mascot” James Fordham, fishing on Goliath won Champion Small Fry Tag and Release, with 7 tagged Mahimahi.

Champion Small Fry Capture went to Patrick Young on Off Tap who fished alongside Champion Junior Male Tag and Release (with a striped marlin and a bunch of dollies tagged)

Champion Junior Female Tag and Release was won by Jordan Chenoweth, fishing on NSWGFA President Garry Chenoweth’s Happy Days

Thank you to the CCGFC Tournament Committee and all of the anglers, crew and captains for making the 2015 Blue Water Classic a great event.

And thank you to CCGFC VP Myles Weston for the report!

Pakula Lures

The marlin fishing is hot seemingly nation-wide at the moment (in the marlin hotspots anyways!) and finally those Western Aus fisho’s have put the rod and reel down long enough to send me a report ;-) Don’t worry, its worth the wait!

Exmouth, WA: Murray and Eddy from Peak Sportfishing have given me an update on their season progress since before Christmas (well December 21 actually) having added another 35 billfish in the last 11 days of fishing.

The breakdown is 22 blues, 4 blacks, 6 stripes and 3 sailfish.

That brings them to a season tally of 74 blue marlin thus far.  Also of note, they managed yet another marlin grand slam on the 29’th of December for angler/client Brendan Coleman. Murray says that while the weather forecast for the next few days looks challenging, they will be out there doing their best to raise and catch a few more. Its all about the “blue marlin, blue marlin, blue marlin!”

Gold Coast: Still good fishing off the Gold Coast. Yesterday, solo angler Tony, fishing with Capt. Ross McCubbin on Lucky Strike, went home with slightly longer arms after releasing 10 from 13 black marlin up to 80kg. And the day before, Gypsy’s Capt. Matty Johnson put his anglers onto a 6-6-5 before switching over to the bottom fish!

The Central Coast’s Bluewater Classic was held over the weekend leading off the tournament year and I heard there were a few billies about. Report to come!

Further south to Jervis Bay, Bruce Rayment and crew added their 2nd striped marlin in 5 days for Port Hacking GFC boat Avalon with skipper Bruce getting a striped marlin about 65kg at the Jervis Bay Kink. They were fishing out of Sussex Inlet on the NSW South Coast the shelf line from Ulladulla to Jervis Bay which has been firing with many strikes, hook-ups and tags. Fellow PHGFC boat Monster Magnet skippered by Mark Corbin went 3-2-1 for Guy Jamieson after another fish earlier in the week.

And while we are down that way, Bermi Bait and Tackle’s Josh McCue tells me that there are also a few stripes starting to turn up of Bermagui over the past week. Josh says that the weather has been fantastic so boats of all sizes have been out chasing the early season fish (have I jinxed it now?). There is plenty of bait stacked up from 60 fathoms to the shelf with the main areas of activity being from the kink to the bottom of the 12 mile.

All indications suggest this could be a good season for Bermi as there’s a few more fish also being raised but not hooked or caught.

Read the rest of the report…


Happy New Year to all!

And good news the marlin bite stopped for noone!

Sunshine Coast: Some great pics have come in from John Dwyer who was fishing on Ymer with Ben Stasiak on December 30 (and they are awesome pics too John, thank you!)  Ben tells me that the bite was pretty continuous all day with boats hooked up everywhere.  He said they had a big of a tug of war with the dolphins who were pinching a lot of their live baits, making it a little harder, but nonetheless they had a fantastic day. And wouldn’t you with 13 blacks and 2 sails for the day?!

Ben says other boats nearby had cracker days as well, for example Galaxy with 9, Chaos with 12 and Raise a Bill who were approaching 20 in the late arvo when they left!

Flip through the gallery below, there are some really beautiful pics there!

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Gold Coast: Capt. Ross McCubbin has likewise been at it again this time on the Reel Busy with 5 from 10 in the 40-90kg range on the 30th and another 6 on New Year’s Eve from 40 to 120kg for Craig and Jim!

Port Stephens: On New Year’s Eve again Muzza was at the wheel of Gunrunner for another 2 from 2 (one of which was a stripe in the BIG category for Port). Scott reports that it was a fair bit tougher work, and that the water is changing a lot with some warm water rolling in after lunch. While there was a lot of high scattered bait there weren’t too many fish in it.

Sydney: Bruce Rayment tells me that PHGFC boat Avalon tagged a 70kg striped marlin on Tuesday 30th on the edge of the shelf east of Port Hacking for Chris Wienholt. The fish took the long corner lure and was boatside within 30 minutes on 24kg tackle. That’s a Black marlin and striped marlin selfie in the last 3 weeks for Avalon off Sydney.


What does 6-6-5 mean?

I get this question a lot and never more than this time of year when the billies are biting all the way along.  The short answer is that the numbers represent strikes-hookups-tags/releases. So a 6-6-5 would be 6 strikes, 6 hookups and 5 successful tags or releases.

Now that the year is coming to a close – it’s time to reflect on the fishing year that was with the top 5 posts (ie. fishing reports) for 2014. As voted by you (and by voted, I mean you voted with your readership!)

Top 5 Marlin Reports for 2014

1. The top spot goes to a collection of posts rather than one in particular based on an event – and that event is the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic. If you were reading during the tournament this year (and why wouldn’t you, when the fishing was particularly hot and the fish were particularly big!?) you were reading alongside several thousand of your fellow avid marlin fishers.


Due to the damage from Cyclone Ita, the LI Black Marlin Classic was hosted out of Cooktown this year for the first time ever. For that reason also, it was a one of a kind event and one to remember!

2. Sticking with the giant black marlin theme, the second most popular was from November 10th, which coincided with the end of the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge, and also carried Cairns reports from outside of the tournament as well. But perhaps grabbing your attention was the report (and photos) from Al McGlashan from his week at Fraser fishing the juvenile black marlin (one of the first to come in) and blue marlin action from SEQ and the NSW Central Coast and the Exmouth Better Billfish Bonanza results. Big report!

3. Number 3 possie went to March 10’s report. Now at that time of year, you would be forgiven for thinking of Port Stepehens or Exmouth, but the award goes to Jervis Bay!  But this photo surely drew you in to read about some great numbers on Richard Abela’s Dream Catcher and Jamie Peel’s Samara Lee.


4. Number four is a recent one and shows just how keen you all are to enjoy the summer of marlin fishing ahead with reports from Exmouth (crazy good fishing from Eddy Lawler’s Peak Sport Fishing), South East Queensland and reports of Port Stephens and Sydney encounters with the first marlin of the season. Catch up on what happened in December 16th’s report here.

5. Last but not least catches the essence of what was a really fun time on the reef this year.  Catching big fish and plenty of them. If today wasn’t your day, then chances were its going to be tomorrow.  The whole period from the Lizard Island Black Marin Classic through to the end of October (this report was October 27) and to the middle of November there were big fish around and encounters daily.  Just reading it again now, and already I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Top Destination by report:

  1. Cairns (Cooktown/Lizard Island)

Hands down, without a doubt. We are so fortunately to have such a world class fishery here in Australia. But I predict huge things for Exmouth over the current year(s) are more people clue into just how good it is!

Most popular of all time

Funny that the blog’s top report eva is not even an Australian fishing report.  But who wouldn’t be interested in reading about such awesome fishing?  Truly world-topping blue marlin action on the Carol Libby. Sadly the Carol Libby team have disbanded with the sale of the boat, but Josh and Andrea are still fishing. Last seen in Alaska heli-trout fly fishing of course!

Most Popular Pages in 2014

Well aside from the homepage (and therefore the fishing reports, duh!), the most popular page in 2014 was the boat directory, which is because (double duh!) so many of you want to fish the amazing destinations that you see on these pages. Closely followed by the captain’s directory, the destination guides, event listings (tournaments) and the photo galleries. So its no surprise that that would be fishing, boats, fishermen, fishing destinations, fishing tournament and fishing photos in that order!

Billfish montage thrown cusion coverBest seller – proving that everything is better with a marlin on it, the best selling blog store product for 2014 was the billfish slam montage throw pillow cover. And as a reminder, here it is:

Closely followed by the 2015 Calendar by the way, there still time to put it on your wall for 2015!


So that is a wrap for the Black Marlin Fishing Blog for 2014. Thank you so much for reading and contributing your reports. Lets hope for a bigger and better fishing year in 2015!