Another weekend, so more great marlin fishing from along the coast including a few tournaments (full reports still to come in). I’m still getting reports coming in so read on for a quick recap of the action (with more detail to come later) as well as some catch up photos from last week:
- The Gold Coast Light & Heavy Tackle Masters finished with cease fishing at 3pm yesterday and local super-Capt. Ross McCubbin came out on top overall and in the big boat class with 4 blue marlin. Ross was at the wheel of the 51 Riviera Jugs. Three other boats including Capt. Bretty Alty on Mistress tagged two each. More to come.
- Central Coast NSW: Rod Findlay tells me they had some great fishing on Saturday on Murrifin less than 2 miles off North Head (in 40 fathoms between Barrenjoey Head & North Head). Rod said they started the day in 80 fathoms, raising a couple but not switching, but headed in close when they heard Broken Bay GFC boat Shakara were fighting the third of their four striped marlin for the day. Within minutes of arriving, they switched a 70kg black on 15 kg, later adding a 70kg stripe from a double header (missing the second, a bigger striped est at 100kg) and finished with 5-3-2 for the day.
Ron Jacobs tells me other Broken Bay GFC boats who were fishing Central Zone on the weekend also had some good results with Avanti going 2 from 4 (including a blue marlin), Ron on Shakara with their 4, and Sirrocco with 3.
- By Sunday, the bite had moved south with no fish raised in the same area. Rod tells me it seemed like Bandit Reef was the place to be (in close north of Wollongong) and he heard of a few boats catching 3 and 4 fish there yesterday.
- NSW tourneys held on the weekend include the Botany Bay GFC Bill Heyward Tournament and the Bateman’s Bay Tollgate Classic (reporst to come).
- Catch up photos from the North Queensland: Capt. Brett Goetze on Reel Chase sent me these pics from their trip out to Holmes Reef (ex-Port Douglas last weekend). Brett reports they fished via the seamount for two blue marlin on the way out and another on the way in (to 500lbs) as well as yellowfin tuna to 50kg.