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Well after our frustrating start to the 50th anniversary interclub tournament, we managed to crawl our way back to end up on the podium.
The tough fights on 15kg line with larger than normal fish for this area persisted for us, and a couple of black marlin in the 130kg class took up moretime than what we required.
My clients from the Port hacking Game fishing Club were more than happy, when we got called up as third place in this large and competitive
tournament, and as a bonus I picked up the major sponsor award from nautilus insurance.
First and second place in the Tag and release section wen tto Gun Runner and Diversion respectively, Top effort from both these teams.
As mentioned before the fishing at Port Stephens this season has been outstanding, with big numbers as well as big fish.
As a special mention, Rod Templeman and wife Tracy fished the mid week Billfish challenge with us. Rod unfortunately has been doing it
very tough of late with cancer, and it has always been a dream of his to fish on marlin boat, in a tournament. They fished the midweek tournament devoted to tag and release for Billfish, Rod’s energy levels were very weak due to his medication, but his effort came close to being rewarded as we were only one fish from taking out this tournament which had a purse of $5000.00. This was aoutstanding effort for someone in his condition and bought a lot of emotion on board.
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Frustration has a whole new Meaning
The first weekend of 50th anniversary NSW interclub tournament is now history,and as I ponder on the wording for this blog, I realise how much the luck factor can play in the sport of game fishing.
We were on the Board with one of the first tag and realises of the tournament, a solid black marlin, then with in another half an hour, we were again hooked up to another over size black for this fishery. This fish well over 200kg gave us a early chance with the Tag pole, but it did not find it’s mark, and it realised that it better keep as far away from that screaming engine noise as possible.
The hours ticked by and another couple missed opportunities, and then after four hours of what I could only call now wasted time the inevitable happened. Obviously feeling a bit flattened we were back on the spot, the sked report made me aware that we had wasted too much time and the pace was getting away from us.
When it rains it pours and again within minutes we were hooked up again, this time to a very large Striped marlin that took us all around the fleet in hot pursuit. Then it took off down sea at top speed for what seemed an eternity. Again when the opportunity arose, the tag shot went astray and made contact with the line. I remember saying something like bad luck or maybe something along those lines.
We had been hooked up most of the day and yet our result at the end of day 1 was one tag, well off the pace of 5 for the top boat.
Well with that day out of the way, you would think that, things could only get better. I arrived on the grounds at 0630 due to the crazy time they start fishing in this tournament. (leaving the entrance to Port Stephens at dark with another 170 odd boats of all sizes departing at
similar time is a navigation night mare, and it looks like they will not change this criteria until someone has a collision at sea, which could have a disastrous outcome. I only hope that this stupidity does not cause a loss of life.) The baits went in the water at start fishing 0700 and immediately we were hooked up to a double header, both going in opposite direction, and we were getting smoked, I made the decision to lock up one or lose both. With one fish gone I was just about to do chase to the other fish, and due to the amount
of line out the line parted. It appeared the Monkey had not got off my back.
Well my old mate Percy veer came to my aid, and our luck finally turned, after a shocking start we finally started catching. At the end of the second day we caught 5 striped marlin for the day, up there with a good result for the day, but our 6
fish total for the 2 days is well off the pace. The result for the Tournament so far in general is outstanding, good results both in marlin of all sizes and extremely large sharks. It looks like the 50th anniversary Interclub will be one to remember. Stay turned.
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I arrived in Port Stephens a week ago and started fishing, and have done my first workshop and a charter day, The fishing has been nothing short of amazing, we have caught 14 marlin black and striped, and the students on my workshop experienced a phenominal day.
Sunday the 5th of February, was our day at sea for the students in the workshop, and what a day it was, it was also the second day of a tournament being held over the weekend, we started out letting the students use the rigging skills they got tought on the first day to present skipping baits, and also try there hand at switch baiting, it did not take long and we started marking fish on the sounders. The students could not believe how clear the fish marked on the large screen TV in the saloon. within minutes we were hooked up to 3 striped marlin at once, a bit of Chaos followed and we were soon unattached.
Due to the amount of boats fishing the same area and everyone else socking live baits, the fish were very finicky on the skip baits, but it was important for all to see all the technics they were taught the saturday at the dock. Soon after we released our first striped marlin on a skip bait, rigged by one of the class members. But it was becoming obvious that to truly maxiumise on the amount of fish in the area we would soon have to soak some live baits, down deeper in the water colume.
By lunch time we had finished all the tutorial with rigging skip baits, and teaser and switch baiting. The students were keen to start catching some number’s so with the help of the Viking 11’s excellent electronics, and our own specialised live baiting arrangement, we started catching in big numbers. By knockoff, we had caught 10 marlin for the day, not bad for a group of guys who many had never seen a marlin before, and were working the deck of a marlin boat for the first time.
Port Stephens is gong off this season so get aboard the mighty Viking 11 and experience a magnificent boat and unbelievable fishing.
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This was Billy’s first day this year fishing for Blue Marlin off the Gold Coast, after his return from a successfull Cairns Season.
Billy will be chartering from the Gold Coast until the end of January. Billy will then be chartering out of Nelson Bay Port Stephens for the months of Feb, Mar and April.
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My season is finished and tomorrow we well begin the trip back to the Gold Coast. After my little holiday with my Children we had two trips to complete a overnight-er and a 5 day trip.
George Food shouted his Dad a 2 day trip, after we met in one of my workshops, The first day we were fishing off Jenny Louise shoal straight out of Cairns, fishing up till 5.00pm had been slow, and I was doubting my decision, when we had a bite on the scad, no hook up, almost immediately the big fish took the middle stinger bait, and we were hooked up to a solid fish. Young George did a great Job, and the fish presented itself early, we took the opportunity, and George released his first Cairns Marlin around 900lbs.
That day was over and after a very pleasant night behind Flynn Reef, and a beautiful snorkel in the morning we were back into it again. Again the action did not happen till late, and not until just before wind in, the scad again got the attention of a small fish, 250lb and George’s Dad Jeff was hooked up, to a very active fish. It was great to catch them a couple of fish and one nice one on a special father and son gig.
Word of some bad dirty water moving down from up north, had me a little concerned about our next trip. Good friend Joel Pallister, and friends were aboard the first day around lunch time the dirty water moved in, and the Action slowed right down. The next day we were moving back south to get in front of the water, which was found off Euston Light, with the good water came 3 bites on small fish, and 3 jumped off. The next day the dirty water was also starting to move into the southern grounds, so we went out a little wide with the lures, a decent fish had 3 goes at the Bobby Brown Lure, and than we nailed it. I am sure we were hooked up to a Blue around 750lb it did some great things, and had us giving chase to a real speed star. Stuart was on up to the task, and we were very close to a release when the hooks pulled ( bugger ) well we still got some good entertainment.
The next day we were forced to fish in the dirty water, and on a very slow day for most we still managed a couple of fish to 400lb, which I was amazed to catch in such water. It was a very strange current that had moved in and rarely before witnessed in these waters. with a early finish on the last day to see the sights of Cairns, we were finished for the 2011 season.
It was a magnificent season with all my charters have experience with nice fish, and many experiencing fish over the magic 1000lb
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Just finished 5 days with long time client Brent Morehouse, Brent over the the 12 years he has fished with me has caught some great fish and this trip was no acception, 9 bites 7 releases one over 1000lb and one around 900lb, great to see such a nice person catch wonderfull big fish. Brent makes the big trip down from North Carolina each year, and loves the Cairns fishery.
I have had a cancellation so will not be out for a little over a week, so my blog may be a bit quite, My two Children are comming up to spend time with me and I am looking forward to it so much, 2 months since I have seen them.
By for now
A little late with this entry, Just finished another 7 days with my Partner Beau ( Mr Shangri la) we utillised the mother ship Galaxy 1 for his stay, and i must say it was a first class operation, one of the best I have experienced. Beau,s trips are always a mixture of fishing, and we always enjoy putting him on some quality reef fish, this trip they had a ball and the quality of fish, including Red emperor, and Coral trout put a big smile on all of Beau’s quests especially his wife Ying who loves pulling on these magnificent table fish.
We marlin fished only a few hours each afternoon and still managed to catch a few Marlin, one around 800lb. and wife Ying got her first ever Sailfish while light tackle fishing behind the reef, Beau was extreamly happy and said it was one of his best trips ever.
Just finished my second day with regular client Brent Morehouse, the first day Brent managed two fish around 250lb and 350lb and on his second day a real big Girl game in on the skipping Tuna, she was a quality fish and certainly got my attention, She had a change of heart and switched to the swimming scad, which the big fish engulfed a hard tough fight with only a couple of jumps followed, Brent was up on the drag to sunset 88lbs of Drag early, as the sharks can be a issue on Linden bank, The heavy drag and Brents experience of 12 seasons fishing with me, had the big fish on the leader in about 30 minutes, We released the fish and I called it over 1000lb, Brent was ecstatic, and so were all aboard. There has been a great number of large fish around this season and we have certainly seen our fair share.
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Hello to all.
Well just had a day off, in Cooktown first day off for a long time, 4 months on boat refit and than straight into the season, I tell you it was well needed, feel so refreshed this morning, My two groups from the West have been and gone, Phill Perry, Matt and Tony, experienced a slower trip this year, a case of being in the right place at the right time was needed and unfortunately, we were at the wrong end of the reef when the other end got going. No 10 Ribbon shut right down, and Linden Bank was the place to be for the big Girls. This can happen, and so often it can happen that you try and get their, and it shuts down as soon as you arrive. That’s how it is, we travelled allot of miles but the result was a little lean,Two black marlin to 400lb and a small Blue marlin, that gave us allot of entertainment, there a different creature those Blues.
Jo and Steve Tatham, also from the West faired much better, Jo was out to have a crack at the 50lb Ladies record, so it was the 50lb on the right and the big guns on the left and in the middle. Jo kicked off the proceedings with a reasonable fish on the 50lb, but things certainly improved on the next day with 5 bites Two being big fish. Steve and I were having a chat on the Bridge and at the same time we spotted the big girl eat the scad, Jo did a brilliant job on the free spool, and we had her on, I wasted no time in getting back in case their was a early shot, and the boys were very busy trying to clear the other tackle out the side I did the dog leg around. By the time they got squared away, she was close, and looking like she was going to come up for a early shot, The line angled to the surface, and Jo cranked hard to clear the Belly. I good see the big fish just a few meters below the surface, start to shack her head, and she blew out the bait and hook, that the lighter drag of the 50lb tackle had not properly set.
That’s record fishing for you, we were happy for the opportunity, but our day was not over, Steve was next, and another big fish came in and eat two baits, including again Jo’s 50lb. It blew out the 50lb bait, but Steve was still on, and after a nice fight and great jumps the fish was released at around 850lb. Steve was a very happy angler, Another middle size fish released and a bite on the 50lb with no hook up, put an end to a much more active day. 5 bites 2 big girls on, and some medium fish entertainment not to shabby.
Their last day we waited till bite time. and it came big time, a 400lber Climbed all over the fresh scaley that crewmen Wazza had and just put out,than the 50lb went off, than next the centre rigger went off. A tripple header, Chaos took over, two were lost but we managed to get the first fish for Steve, That was our flurry for our last day, The Tathams were happy with there trip considering we were also fishing the lighter tackle.
My partner Beau is back on today so we will be doing alot of mixed fishing especially reef fishing which he enjoys, our mothership is the Galaxy very nice, looking forward to some luxuary.Till next time.
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The last 5 days we have3 been from No 10 to linden Bank, looking for the action, the water and current at No 10 was all wrong and although their was the very odd nice fish, alot of water between them, with a combination of lure fishing and baits to move around a bit we have caught 3 fish one being a Blue marlin, no size but a couple of fun fish. The big fish being caught at linden bank of cause shut down as soon as we arrived, They are still marking, and it gets a little frustrating running over these huge fish marks on the sounder and not being able to get a bite, it happens these are spawning fish, and they do some strange things.
It will change, they have to eat, and it is just a matter of time, yesterday we thought it was about to fire, when in the first 5 minutes of having the baits in the water, we got a very active 400lber, a little hard on Phill as he was still recovering after a little party on board the night before.
But not to be the rest of the day, I just watched them on the sounder and that was it, 90% of the fleet are at opal ridge and Linden Bank, and it seemed to be the same for all, just the odd fish, having a bite. the weather is now wonder full and we are all enjoying it untill next time.
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Well after a substantial run of magnificent weather, the south east trades let us know that they still existed in a big way, the weather reports telling us of 25 to 30 knots kept coming, and the warnings that wind gusts could be up to 40% stronger than the average given hear proved correct. Rain yes that as well and during some night time sessions it was beyond belief.
We have been on the Mothership Atlantic Princess for the last week, with my partner Beau Kuok ( Mr Shangri la ) Beau loves his reef fishing and mind you, anchoring in 30 knots of breeze and trying to get on the right spot, puts a whole new meaning to the word a boat driver, and for my 2 Wassa and James they did a excellent job on the bow dealing with the anchor, Beau has a nice lot of Trout and Red Emperor to take back with him.
On the Marlin seen, well we were doing a few hours each afternoon, from the radio chat from few boats that were venturing outside the reef, it has slowed quite a bit, the strong winds have pushed the current to the north, which has not been proven to be the best scenario.From our small effort over 6 days we caught 3 Marlin from 5 bites no big fish.
At last the wind is laying off, into Cooktown for change over, the forcast is alot more attractive for the coming days, 3 lads from Western Australia will be joining us for 6 days Phill Perry and his mates are back after a great treip last year, Hope we can put it on for them again.
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Well Joe Golias and Austin Dishman from Texas, so far have had a trip of a life time, Joe’s encounter with the very large fish on the first day, was followed by a bunch of fish to 500lb on the second day, of ell thir trip. Over cocktails last night Joe asked me how many fish do you think we might catch tomorrow Capt Bill, of Cause my answer was Joe would be happy to catch just a big one after the day we just had.
Well out we went, and 10 minutes of having our lines in the water, we got the bite I was looking for, and 30 minutes later we released a fish just a little shy of 1000lb. Austin biggest ever fish, and a great way to start the day, well it was a little slow after that, untill I got to a spot I named hollies half way along No 10 Ribbon. ( My Wife at the time went in to Labour for my eldest daughter Holly white i was fish this spot, and i had to race to No 7 ribbon to meet seaplane to get back to Cains for the birth.
It is one of my favourite places to fish now, and it is well known by most captains who have been arouind a while, well it produced for me again and another big one jumped on this fish was spectacular and with some close handed jumps that showed her true beauty, the big fish was released, 2 big ones for the day, the bites kept coming from a couple of medium fish to also, to break up the day. The Texas boys after 3 days are blown away,and are already organising there trip for next season.
Just had 3 days, after the tournament, with a very relaxing group, we spent the mornings reef fishing, and swiming snorkeling, fresh fish lunch behind the reef, and got into the Marlin Fishing after lunch,the weather has been spectacular, for those sort of activities, we still managed to get our bites on the Marlin scene, and a fish a day for this relaxed group was not a bad effort.
Joe Golias and friend Austin from Texas Joined us today we quickle headed up to No 10 ribbon, it was,nt long before fish appeared behind the skad on the Tow Cam. The boys were all yelling from below but even in the Tower I could not make it out, they yelled when it bit, but after a few short jumps it fell off. Than less than 30 minutes later the fresh skipping mackerel on the short rigger got bit by a huge fish, the bite was amazing, well Joe was hooked up to a real tough guy, and after 1 hour 20 minutes we had her real close and getting tied, but after the heavy drag we were using to try and get a result with this fish, the 650lb leader finally gave up, I think the tail may have got to it.
It was a truly Great fish, and gave us a great fight, the fish won its freedom and she new all of my tricks to try and catch her.
Joe was more than happy just for the encounter, 10 minutes later we caught Austin his first black marlin 300lb, not bad for for a first day, and my new clients.
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