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More tiny blacks north to larger models south


Bounty Hunter juvenile black marlinCapt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon on Bounty Hunter is the latest to encounter some of the teeny juvenile black marlin off Cairns. On a day trip on Saturday, they released two of these toddler models as well as some a couple of GTs as well as tuna and mackerel for the table.

On the Sunshine Coast, Lachlan and Paddy and team on Catapult went 6 from 10 also on Saturday on the blacks on fish a couple of sizes up. Lachalan says the hot bite was all between 7:30 and 11am with the fish all in the 15 to 25kg range. They also missed a bigger fish about 50kg which jumped around with the bait jig!

On the Gold Coast, Capt. Brett Alty’s Mistress found one too a fair bit bigger. Brett says that the fishing was tougher on the southern side on the weekend with zeros on Saturday. On Sunday, the found a nicer one for visiting US angler Bob Osborn. Brett tells me Bob has fished world wide and at 73 years old is friends with all the top captains. He caught a 160lb fish on 16lb (photo below).

And off Port Stephens as well, more inshore blacks. Capt. Tim Dean’s Calypso reporting 7 from 2 trips late last week.


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