The fishing continues off Cairns and while not red hot, big fish making their appearance for the happy crews. Yesterday Capt. Tim Dean’s Calypso were the big fish grinners with a fish that Tim put at 950lbs for Tim from Oregon after a 1 hour+ fight!
Meanwhile Capt. Casey Dent’s Zulu went 3-2-2 acrobatic marlin! (photo top).
Rod Hawkin’s C’mon Aussie is departing Cairns having enjoyed another season privateering on the reef. Rod put together some stats from his trip which are: 34 days for 29 marlin (28 blacks and 1 blue) including 3 over 800lbs. Anglers friends and family including Corey Hawkins accounted for 2 blacks, 1 blue; Fabian Wormsley, 3 blacks including a first marlin for him, first marlin for Wombat Klepzig and Pyke-Nott family and that leaves about 21 for Rod!
Mooloolaba Billfish Bash
Congrats to all the teams competing on what sounds like another fun weekend on the water! Thank you to Jamie for the results!
Day 1 – 53 strikes, 41 hookups, 21 tagged/ captured
Weather- Winds variable up to 15 knots, seas to a meter. Rain in patches. Sloppy conditions
Day 2 – 36 strikes, 26 hookups, 11 tagged/ captured
Weather- Winds variable to 10 knots, seas to a meter. Overcast early but cleared to a fine day.
Tournament total – 89 strikes, 67 hookups, 32 tagged/ captured
Fish total- 8 blue marlin, 2 black marlin, 1 stripe marlin, 3 yellow fin tuna, 4 cobia, 7 mahi mahi, 3 wahoo and 3 yellowtail kingfish.
31 boats – 107 Angler’s comprising of 78 senior males, 12 senior females and 17 juniors.
Champion light tackle senior angler- Megan Thomsen -7500 pts
Champion heavy tackle senior angler- Mark Lynch- 30000 pts
Champion other species senior angler- Dennis Daly 238 pts
Champion male senior angler- Mark Lynch 30000 pts
Champion female senior angler- Megan Thomsen
Champion junior angler- Ryan Thomsen
Runner up junior angler- none
Champion boat over 7m- Big Business 15000 pts
Champion boat under 7m- More Bills 45000 pts
Champion MGFC boat- Reel Lady 15000 pts
First billfish tagged day 1- Ryan Thomsen
Last billfish tagged day 1- Hugo Van zyl
First billfish tagged day 2- Josh Cox
Last billfish tagged day 2- William Martin.
Calcutta- 1st More Bills 45000 pts
2nd Big Business 15000 pts
3rd Reel Lady 15000 pts