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Persistence paid off for Mark with a nice 400lb-er yesterday. His very first marlin and he certainly got to experience the exhilaration of fighting a big fish.The rest of the fleet are either in Cooktown gearing up for the tournament or already arrived to secure an early poll position in the bay at Lizard Island. There were already in excess 10 boats here when we arrived yesterday. Today is a day of chores and rest as we gear up for the comp. Briefing this evening, fishing starts tomorrow.Update from Capt Bill who finished three days with close friend and 24 year client Paul Kelly. Paul has always brought luck with him and this year was no exception releasing 8 fish in the 3 days. Not bad for a guy who won’t go marlin fishing till after a fresh fish lunch and a bottle of his favourite wine! Good luck to all in the Lizard Island tournament.