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First HT report of 2016, Light tackle low down, availability


It’s on!

The first heavy tackle black marlin report of the 2016 Cairns marlin season is here. And the word is that the marlin are here also.  Capt. Ross Finlayson and team on Top Shot have just wrapped up five days of fishing with 6 blacks with the biggest a fat rat around 400, plus a couple of 300s and little fellas.  They’ve been enjoying mornings fishing for GTs and mackerel and only fishing for marlin after lunch. But what a great start for heavy tackle when many are still enjoying results on light tackle.

**Reminders the Innisfail Billfish Comp starts this week – see the calendar for more information.  And we have 5 days now until entries close for the 50th Anniversary Black Marlin Tournament Cairns & AIBT 25-30 September.  Enter online here.

On the light tackle side Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon on Bounty Hunter wrapped us his LT season with a top week of 5 fish in 3 trips. While Capt. Damain Collette’s Saltaire also released one on his reef/sport fishing trip.

Cairns Availability

A reminder for last minute availability to fish this season:

Moana III/ Capt. Dan McCarthy

  • 1 -18 October (cancellation)

Top Notch Charters (Phantom)/Russell Hicks

  • 17-23 October (Cooktown)

Kalira/Capt. Ash Wallis

  • Lizard Island Tournament (30th Anniversary) 8-16 October

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
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