Its not even September, with a few weeks of light tackle fishing still ahead of us in the North, and we already have a report of our first big black marlin on the Reef north of Cairns. Capt. Adam on Iona IIyesterday reporting a 550lb black released at Escape Reef. Doesn’t that get you excited!?! Adam reports they had other shots too pulling the bait out of one and raising another as well.
September is tournament month in Queensland. The Mike Carney Billfish Challenge starts with the briefing this Friday night, the Norship Marine Light Tackle Slam starts at Yorkey’s Knob on the 10th, the 2010 Innisfail Billfish Tournament on Sept 24 and the Sunshine Coast GFC Spring Shootout on the 30th! (More details in the tournament calendar.)
Smithy reports that Sunshine Coast GFC boat, the 31′ Cabo Express Lynch Mob had a black on at the Mooloolaba 18 mile Saturday. The bait is looking good at the 18 and 10 mile with big winter slimey mackerel. There have been a number of boats with fish on and several others trying their hand at raising blue marlin on the wider grounds. The signs are looking good for a cracker tournament (a revised version of the past Sailfish Shootout) which is being hosted out of the Kawana Water Hotel.
The fleet continues to congregate in the north with Phantom arriving in Townsville over the weekend joining KEKOA and Castille III already here. Calypsohas joined the Cairns based fleet at the Marlin Marina, Amokuradeparts Hamilton Island today and Traditionis leaving from the Gold Coast tomorrow.