Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic Day 4

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Capt. Brian on Heart Throb set the pace early on Day 4 with three fish before anyone else made it on the board. This brings their total to five as they take the lead in the comp. On count back, Joe Joe moves into second place with three fish, from Watch Dog and Reel Ripe each with three as well. Day 4 saw another slight increase in the total number of tags to 13, with very few big fish mixed in with them, however both KEKOA and Bill Collector both started their scoring with decent fish at 500 and 700lb.Capt. Dan on Moana has spent the last couple of days 30-50 miles east of the lower Ribbons and although his results were no better than the rest of the fleet, he did report an encounter with a giant blue marlin which unfortunately resulted in the hooks pulling at the side of the boat – we’re hoping a photo is on its way so stay tuned. His estimate of 1200lbs provide a great excitement amongst the fleet, particularly with Capt. Graham Johnson on Broadbill who has dedicated this season to catching a 1000lb BLUE marlin for son Alex who is the current junior world BLACK marlin record holder. The boys had a successful morning popper fishing for GT’s with Craig, Mick and Steve each boating a fish for a happy snap before the release.