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Cairns marlin happenings and season availability


Just a few updates for all our Cairns regulars in the leadup to our big marlin season!

Coral Coast Laundry

Some may not yet have heard of the recent passing of Coral Coast Laundry’s Dennis Witt.  Dennis was an all-round lovely guy and always had time for a chat as he remembered young and old on their return to Cairns for the big marlin season.  And he took care of our smelly fishy laundry for us as well ;-)  Dennis’ wake was attended by many of our fleet’s faces to pay their respects to the gentleman that he was.

And I can happily announce that the laundry will be staying in the family so-to-speak, with the Hard Brothers (Corey and Dane) recently taking over the operation. They want all marina regulars to know that nothing has changed and it is business as usual!

EMC Logbooks

Another one for the charter boats, if you haven’t yet logged onto the new online system for logging your reef tax accruals, I highly recommend that you do before we start fishing. The new system is … a little painful, and a little time in setting up favourites now while you have a little time will go a long way in saving you the same once daily fishing starts.

Season Availability

There are still boats with dates for the season some coming open due to cancellation. I will be running those dates here over coming week and adding to the already listed below:

Hot Shot/Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham

  • 7 – 11 & 12 – 15 November – Cairns
  • 26 – 30 November – Fraser/Lady Musgrave
  • 1 – 4 December – Fraser/Lady Musgrave
  • 6 – 9 December – Fraser/Lady Musgrave

Zulu/Capt. Casey Dent

  • 16th – 20th September – Port Douglas (up to 5 days)
  • 25th Nov – 1st December (up to 7 days) – With the option of upgrading to mother-shipping with Beluga (Port Douglas/Cairns)

Levante/Capt. Chris “Sharky” Miles

  • 12th – 23rd September – Port Douglas/Cairns (up to 7 days)
  • 17th – 27th November – Cooktown/Port Douglas (Up to 7 days) – With the option of upgrading to mother-shipping with Beluga (Port Douglas/Cairns)

Tradition/Capt. Tim Richardson

  • 15-21 September – Cairns
  • 18-20 November – Cairns (3 days )
  • 27 Nov to early Dec

To the fleet, send me your dates!

Lastly, the Cairns marlin veterans are active on the fishing photo challenge Facebook. If you want to see and read some great stories and histories, you can follow the public ones via the hashtag search.

Good luck to boats fishing the Townsville tournament (briefing today, fishing tomorrow). For the first time in many many years we aren’t fishing so will be looking forward to updates ourselves!

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