In the middle

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Captain/Owner Adam Jordan stepped off Iona 2 yesterday to head overseas for a holiday with the family – off the back of a good early season stint on board the boat. In 10 days at the helm, Adam raised 28 with 16 bites and released 9 black marlin, the largest at 650lb. Capt. Trent Visscher will now take over the wheel again. After an absence in 2008 due to illness, its great to have Trent back on the reef! Also fishing in the middle Ribbons after changeover in Cooktown, Capt. Ross Finlayson on Top Shot reports the fishing is great going two from two yesterday. Askari is not marlin fishing this week but report the reef fishing is red hot. The boys on KEKOA are also enjoying the popper fishing and made it as far as Number 3 Ribbon yesterday jumping off a 350lb-er and raising another in the late afternoon. There are still a few sailfish around. Calypso angler Stewart Englezo released this beauty at St. Crispans, his first sail. Capt. Tim Dean also reports a lot of mackerel and GTs, raising the one marlin in the afternoon.No reports from the bank on Sunday but private boat The Bear fished Saturday raising three so the fish are still there.Picture – Stew and his sail on Calypso at St. Crispins.Some extra reading – first ‘Marlin Season’ report for Fishing World online, The Cairns Experience.