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Cairns Marlin Happenings


A few Cairns marlin season shoutouts

  • The Ladies Ribbons Tournament committee are still looking for boats. If your boat is available to fish the comp, contact the committee via the website.
  • I also have an angler looking to join a team fishing the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic on October 12-19. If you have a vacancy on your team, please contact me and I will put you in touch.
  • And also crew looking for a boat for the season – if you are looking for crew, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch.
  • Last night was the official unveiling/installation of Bob Dwyer’s 1098lb black marlin mount at Graham Johnston’s Cock & Bull Tavern with special guest Ms Daphne Nielson (who originally recorded the event at the Ciarns GFC weigh gantry on the Marlin Wharf, 18th of October in 1972). If you’re in Cairns be sure to take the opportunity to have a meal or drink at the Cock & Bull and see this and the many other pieces of Cairns marlin history on display!
  • Interested in fishing Cairns this year? New availability has been added from on board Reel Chase. Check out the fleet dates available here.


More marlin reports from the weekend have come in with plenty more of the juniors getting amongst the action as well including young Bodie Bell on board Release with his father Capt. Haydon Bell. This was another of the larger than average baby blacks and was released after a quick pic. Fishing nearby Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon on Bounty Hunter also caught one from two black marlin and plenty of mackerel in the 10kg range.


On his way to Townsville on the weekend on board Kanahoee with the family, Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles’ boys got plenty of rod time. Lewis releasing this healthy little black below while William (Scrumpy) was concentrating more on the eating variety! (Pictured with his nannygai as well.)


And last but not least, I received some pics of another couple of junior anglers from the recent Fitzroy Island Tournament fishing on board Savella with father Simon Woolcott of Savannah (11) and Ella (9) with each of their first marlin. Simon says that after two days without success, they managed to find a hot bite on the last day of the tournament, raising 5 fish, with 4 hook-ups and 2 conversions. The girls did very well and both fish were tagged and released in good health!

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