Late Port Surge

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Well once again it seems that Port has awaited the departure of most of the boats before turning on some decent fishing. Although its not anything like the 8 stripe-a-day days that we have come to look forward to, it is noticeably better than it has been. Capt. Laurie Wright travelled to Port to fish with Capt. Tim Dean on board Calypso with Laurie’s Texan guests. During their five days fishing they released 7 stripes and saving the best for last, two black marlin in the 200 and 300lb range for anglers Dan and Will. A total of 9 marlin in 5 days (photo on the wrap on Calypso on left). Laurie has now headed down to Bermagui to spend some time with Dave Cassar on his newly christened Slammer (formerly Bill Dunkley’s Bill Collector). Iona also took advantage of the good weather and better fishing to slip out on Friday for one from 3 and sent me another great photo from Rhino on the deck (right).With the weather on the Gold Coast not fantastic, blue marlin reports are scarce for up this way. But at Port, good sized blues are still about for those fishing for them. More tales from last weekends’ tournament have emerged. David fishing on Time to Tango tells me they had more than their fair share of drama while fighting and eventually losing a fish they put in the 8-900lb range. And Pacimo, traveling down from Port for the tournament fought a similar size fish for over three hours on stand-up – which became sit-down as the angler, so tired, ended up fighting the fish from the cockpit floor.