Day 5 belonged to Paul and Sharon Poulter’s Think Big releasing 3 fish to give them the daily award although even after a fishless day, Absolute remains in the lead with 7 tags. The talk of yesterday was of course a 2hour fight on board Capt. Darren “Biggles” Haydon’s Bounty Hunter which unfortunately resulted in a lost fish for angler Parke Berolzheimer. This fish aside it was a small fish day on the reef for the tournament fleet with all 11 fish recorded in the sub 300lb range.
In the leadup to the Weipa Billfish Club’s Ladies’ Day next Saturday (Nov 4) the fishing has returned to form over the past couple of weeks with a few juvenile black marlin in the mix. Earlier this week, Wine Down with Darryl French and Gaven Roberts 4-4-3 with two sails and a baby black they put at 12 kg. While last weekend Duane Jay’s Get n Any with Darryl French went 10-7-5 (4 sails and a 15kg black) followed by 14-10-8 the next day (6 sails and 2 blacks). They also saw a number of juvies blacks free swimming around the bait schools. Yesterday Gaven Roberts fished again solo on his boat Striper tagging 4 sailfish and a good black marlin.
Bluewater Magazine Issue 127
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Cairns continues to produce the biggest black marlin in the world, and in this issue you’ll hear a sporting legend’s personal story of conquest, releasing a ‘grander’ from his trailerboat. See Hawaii’s most famous blue marlin tournament, and discover how Otto Henze’s Penn company dominated the big-game reel market. Learn how Capt McGrew Rice got his name, and why he’s regarded as one of Kona’s best marlin skippers (photo top!). And Dr Pepperell continues his odyssey following the paths of released black marlin, this time ending up in southern Asia. You’ll also get in-depth reviews on two outstanding BlueWater fishing boats, plus lots more…