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BMFB: Weekly Sked Aug 31

  • 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 II yesterday 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.
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  • 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.  Calypso has joined the Cairns based fleet at the Marlin Marina, Amokura departs Hamilton Island today and Tradition is leaving from the Gold Coast tomorrow.
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Billy Boyle
August 31, 2010 at 10:00 am

It’s kind of like ” close encounters of the third kind”…every year about this time I feel this inexplicable urge to start packing, checking the equipment, buying the ticket and making my way to the reef once again for another epic battle with peashotter on 50 # looking for that one right fish…Best to all…Billy Boyle.

September 2, 2010 at 6:07 am

Thanks Billy – hope we do get to see you out here again this year :-)

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