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The first sked was a little quiet with Running Bear reporting a striped marlin and Born Free reporting a double header and still fighting. Things picked up a little during the day and ended on a similar note with Freedom fighting a double header, only to have the reel seize on one of the fish, but at least they tagged the other. And nearby, Ross Hunter on Broadbill also pulled one off the same bait school and gave us something to watch and improve the enthusiasm level.
Update / Day 1 Standings:
Capture Teams = 1. Lake Macquarie T2, 2. Newcastle/Port Stephens T1, Port Hacking T2.
Capture Boats = 1. Tycon, 2. Offshore, 3. Baja.
Tag & Release Teams = 1. Newcastle/Port Stephens T2, 2. Lake Macquarie T3, 3. Sydney T2.
T&R Boats = 1. Born Free, 2. Apple Pie, 3. Time Out.
Of course all this has now changed with the 9:10 sked on Day 2 heralding only one boat with marlin releases being Born Free who successfully tagged and released a triple header before 9am.
Meanwhile back on the Gold Coast (did we mention we just came from there?) Ross McCubbin on Lucky Strike reports the fishing wider around Spot X has resulted in 19 marlin tags for the last three days for himself, topping it off yesterday with 10 tags while other Gold Coast club boats reporting up to 7 tags each yesterday as well. Hopefully this change in fishing brought about by the south-east weather we’ve experienced along the NSW/SE Queensland coast in the last week and indicates a bit turnaround here in Port Stephens about to happen.