Cairns, Weipa & SEQ – hot fishing and tournaments

Game & Leisure Boats Gold Coast

Updated Mon Oct 1: Happy public holiday Monday everyone. Reports are still scarce with the fleet spread wide along the reef. Capt. Tim Richardson’s Tradition added another fish yesterday before running in to meet the plane. Weipa continued yesterday with high hopes after an early fish on the board for Get N Any, but only 4 tags overall for the day including another two to Freak Show who have extended their lead!

Cairns

Word on the waves is that Capt. Craig “Sparra” Denham’s Hot Shot went 4 from 5 yesterday and with 2 more the day before that puts him on 6 from 7 in two days!

Weipa Billfish Classic

Day 1 of the Weipa Billfish Classic yesterday saw 15 teams and 46 anglers hitting the water of the gulf.  But it was the Cairns team (but Weipa regulars) on team Freak Show (Rhys and Jack Moore), that have hit the lead straight out of the blocks.  They released 3 sails and one black yesterday in what they called pretty average looking water. Many other teams were on the board with one fish a piece (Wine Down, Striper, Halfway, Last Cast and True Blue). Noteable catches being for angler Kurt Lynch on Halfway who tagged his first sailfish. And 13 year old Daniel Griffin fishing on Last Cast tagged an estimated 65kg black marlin in a mamoth effort after just over 2 hours on 10kg line!

Gold Coast GFC Blue Marlin Shootout

With GCGFC boat, Mistress getting among good numbers of blue marlin off Fraser Island during the week, it is a good sign for the Gold Coast Game Fishing Club’s upcoming Shimano Shootout in two weeks time.

Closer to home Just Lookin’ went out Friday to take advantage of the weather window during the school holidays and were greeted by mill pond conditions all the way to the shelf. Riley Dunbar managed to angle and tag a healthy blue marlin of 2.3m short length on the tide change. Andrew Dunbar reports that they also had a double hookup on large dollies and kept one that went 19.5kg on the scales. Not quite big enough to knock off the Qld record!

The fish were all found around the current lines in the 350 – 450m area south west of Jim’s. Andrew said they marked multiple fish but could only get one to eat a lure.

The fish are there! Will your team be the one to walk away with some fantastic prizes?!?