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Cairns Marlin Season Angler Interview and More Cairns Marlin


We returned to Cairns yesterday from fishing in Townsville and it was great to see that many of the boats are already in the marina and ready to go for the season.  While Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon’s Bounty Hunter reverted to light tackle on Wednesday (1 from 1 for half a day before focusing on the eating fish), a few more have been journeying out for a hit out on heavy.  Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura reported their first HT fish of the season yesterday with a 200lb-er released at Linden Bank.  Good timing as I have an interview with one of Capt. Brett’s anglers, Brent Murray below!

(Photo below is not THE fish, just one of my shots of a similar sized fish.)

Cairns black marlin

Angler Brent Murray

Can you give us a brief description of angling history?
I have been fishing for the past 40+ years and primarily in inland lakes and rivers in the US.  I have made several trips to the coastal regions of the US from California to Florida with a majority done off the Texas coast.

When was the last time the you fished in Cairns?
I fished in late October 2013 aboard Reel Chase with Captain Brett Goetze and crew

What was your best memory of any Cairns trip to date?
It was without a doubt catching 6 black marlin in a single day up to 650 lbs!

What are your hopes/bucket lists items/goals for your next trip to Cairns?
Well I achieved the top spot on my bucket list by fishing the Great Barrier Reef last year…..but my new bucket list item would have to be catching a grander.

When can we expect to see you here this and how long are you staying who are you fishing with?
Unfortunately I will not be back this year but I hope to be back again at some point in the not too distant future.  When I am back it will be for 5-7 days and I will be back aboard Reel Chase with Brett and the crew.

Don’t forget there is still some availability (while perhaps not these exact dates still, this will give you an idea). You can contact members of the fleet directly through the BMFB Boat Directory.

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