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1st October 2009 Popper Madness

Hello Boys and Girls

LURStill fishing Japan Client Moto, Chasing world record on 8kg. We have not raised a fish around 700lb to have a crack at the title yet, But having alot of fun teasing smaller fish and trying to get them to eat the popper or stick bait. we are averaging 2 shots a day on the teasers and have been up the top of No 10 ribbon looking for the right fish. Today is our last chance for a crack at the record.

Reports from other boats show that the big Girls are starting to role in. ALURE, kEKEOA, TOPSHOT, and RELEASE have all caught fish over 800lb and the big girl bites are starting to increase, our turn today.  

 

29th September 2009 lures are doing the job

Hello folks

Reports up and down the reef, show that most boats are getting I or 2 bites a day, I had a look up to the marks on NO 10 Yesterday with lures, We have modified a rig I used many years ago up hear for lures and after a relatively slow day I was down having a leak and a chat with the clients. Standing next to the shot gun rod it started screeming, I bolted back up the ladder and help Chris catch his first black a 400lber on a lure. It topped off a great trip with Rodger Hicks Chris and Mark.

Billy

28th September 2009 Couple of big ones showing up

Greetings from No 7 Ribbon reef

The boats fishing Linden bank, are picking away at a few fish up to 400lb, and a few reports filtering in is that a few big ones have been encounted on the top end from No 8 up to No 10. Iona 11 with owner Adam on the wheel has been doing extreamly well with consistent fishing. And Capt Heyden Bell on the Release has been the quite achiever up on No 10 doing very well, and also releasing the first reel big one for the season. I have had a couple of slow days with the rubber hooks letting me down. We will be fishing No 8 Ribbon today, then into Cooktown for changeover.

Capt Bill

 

26th Sep 2009 No 2 Ribbon. WHATS Happening

Hello Folks

Reports in from yesterday, few small fish on linden bank, and the boats in the ribbons also picked away at fish up to 500lb. The viking 11 left Cairns for the Start of another trip, I was keen to get up to the Ribbons and ran to opal ridge, and trolled lures up to the bottom of the Ribbons, The day produced 2 bites with Russel hicks from Moura, south west of Rockhampton catching a 400lber his first. Some nice Wahoo and yellowfin tuna on the Bait rod also kept the country boys entertained.

Capt Billy

24TH SEPTEMBER 2009

Hello Boys and Girls.

Reports from the boats that have started, shows that a sprinkling of fish are turning up, with the odd nice one amoungst them, but all and all still a little slow. Boats are still getting a bite or two a day, and the current especially were I have been EUSTON AND JENNY LOUISE SHOAL is running at 1.5 knots to the south.

We had a nice fish swipe a lure close in off Euston Light, but did,nt come back, and that was about it for us yesterday, Client Rodger Cunninghame and wife Barbara celabrated Rodgers birthday yesterday and last night, behind Flynn Reef 25 meter visability showing its true beauty. It was a great night and rodger is hoping for a big fish present today.

More boats are moving out today so keep tuned for all reports.

Billy 

This years team

Waza preparing Marlin bait on Viking IIWAZA (Warrick Anderson)

Waza has been fishing all over the world starting his career in Cairns fishing on SeaStrike  then on the old Viking 21years ago. From there he travelled all over the world including Maurituas, Kona (Hawaii) and New Guinea. Waza has fished on and off with Viking over the 21 odd years of Marlin fishing

 

 

PETE (Peter Twiner)Pete off the Marlin fishing VikingII

Pete has been fishing all his life and started professional fishing 3 years ago in Honolulu abourd Maggi Joe.
Last year Pete started back in Cairns on the Mistress and now he is on the Viking II for the season. Bill has now called him ” The best greenhorn on the reef

 

 

  

2009 Season underway

Hello folks

Have just kicked off for the 09 season, and all is looking good, all ready the early starters are getting bites on fish to 400lb and the Iona 11 had a nice one up that wouldn’t eat. The mackerel season in Cairns this year was a cracker, and if things go the way circles have gone over some memorable years, we could be in for a big one just like this Mackerel being cuddled by happy angler James.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Viking 11 refit article. "Time for a change of heart" an interesting read

12th April 2009 

 Time for a change of heart.  Author Billy Billson

Time for a change of heart!

 

It is hard to keep up with the pace at which the electronic world is changing our lives. It seems that as soon as you have made the decision and purchased a new electronic devise for you boat, it has been replaced by another model, with more features, and abilities than what you have just installed.

 

The advancement of the electronic world has also instigated the many changes that we are seeing in marine engines.  Through the seventies being trained as a marine mechanic, I saw the introduction of electronics into the outboard motor industry, with Mercury marine introducing electronics into their ignition systems, of cause it had to come with a catchy name, and many of us would remember the thunderbolt ignition logo on the front of the black outboard, and the literature marketing this new fandangle system, bragging about 40,000 volts at the new permacap spark plugs and the end to plug fouling. Before long Petrol inboard engines started switching to electronic ignition, and the start of electronics being an integral part of a marine engine had begun.

 

Diesel engines though, which rely on no spark to ignite the fuel air mixture, and there already renowned reliability, remained stagnant in there basic configuration. Only the enhancement of turbo charging after cooling, and indirect injection, made the common diesel engine something more than it originally was.

 

The slow introduction of electronics prior the now well known common rail system had its share of problems.  There were stories going around of motors just stopping for no apparent reason at all and could not be restarted, boat captains who had tickets covering all types of marine engineering had no idea of were to start to look. The computer system or black box as they were commonly called was having a  hick up, The easy fix was to just reboot it, you know turn the power off and back on again. But a little scary if you were trolling the edge of the drop off on the Great Barrier Reef, within meters of the breakers, and 25 knots of trade wind on your beam. Confidence was lost due to this fact, as a boat Captain worth his salt could normally keep a motor running, even if he did have to use a bent hook, liquid steel and a bit of 040 wire.

 

Just before the introduction of common rail diesel engines and electronic fuel controlled and computer controlled engines, engine manufactures were having trouble dealing with the strict emission control regulations especially in the European Market. Fuel pump dampening to restrict the fuel rack movement, until the engine received sufficient air from the turbo boost, made engines very non responsive. And driving these engines on hot fish was nothing more than frustrating. Great responsive engines such as 555 big cam Cummins, 3208 Cats, and the 92 series Detroit’s were becoming a thing of the past, and so was the smoke signals we received when these engines were given the power sometimes needed for maneuvering.

 

Computers are now common on all marine diesels, whether it be a common rail system engine, or one of the other combined electronic and mechanical systems.

 

So what is common rail, as the name suggests there is a common rail that acts as an accumulator to feed fuel to all of the injectors. Fuel is supplied to the rail by means of a high pressure pump, which can obtain fuel pressures up to 2000 bar (over 29000 psi). This pressure is regulated and monitored by the electronic diesel control (computer or Black Box) Electronic injectors are also controlled by the electronic diesel control as to the timing and amount of fuel supplied to the injector. Some injectors such as the Piezo type allow for very short and rapid fuel delivery, with up to 7 injection cycles per engine combustion cycle. All of these components are interconnected by the electronic Diesel engine control unit, and gather a seemingly endless  source of information by means of input sensors such as, engine speed, oil pressure, engine temperature, fuel temperature, throttle position, top dead centre reference, rail pressure, start of injection, charge air pressure, charge air temperature,  and fuel temperature. Well what does all this mean and what does it give me compared to my old faithful clunker? Well here it is in a nut shell, much greater fuel economy, largely reduced exhaust emissions, greater power to weight ratio, cleaner starting, less noise, and a much more responsive engine, than the dinosaurs of yesteryear.

 

The electronic world has also introduced variables to some existing fuel systems, not all new technology engines utilize the common rail system,  but have opted to design a system, which best suits the engines requirements.  The Celect fuel system by Cummins is one of these systems, and is used in there popular QSM11 range of engines. CELECT is a full-authority electronic fuel system. That utilizes unit injectors with high injection pressures and infinitely variable timing to improve the fuel combustion process for lower emissions while providing improved performance. Engine timing can be advanced during starting conditions to reduce smoke and improve transient response, as well as, retarded at rated conditions for overall maximum emission performance, fuel economy, and durability. The Celect unit injector design utilizes electronics as well as an optimized camshaft to increase midrange fuel pressures to high injection pressures.

 

My boat Viking 11 reached her 10th birthday last August and it was time that I made a very big and of cause expensive decision. To rebuild or repower! Being a charter boat operator it is imperative that I have reliability and with the sort of hours that were starting to build on my original 183TE92 MTU’S, and my projection on how long I plan to operate the boat, a choice had to be made. At first I was going to rebuild as I held many parts from another motor that were in good shape to assist in this, and I would do the work myself in the off season, definitely the cheaper way to go. But I was being bombarded on information on how great these new technology engines were, and as we all would remember the rising price of fuel last year, had us all wondering what the future would bring.

 

Unfortunately for whatever reason some new design engines turn out to be lemons and spend more time with the hatches up than down, spending the amount of time I do on the water I get to here the worst of these, and it often takes more hours than the average private boat does a year to bring out the inherent problem issues in some new engines. Of cause the engine companies are very reluctant to wave the flag, and you really have to have your ear to the ground to become aware of lemon models.

 

One motor company which I have heard very little complaints with there engines is Cummins and over the last 5 years the QSM11 Range of motors has being used in many of the Charter boats up on the reef.  O’Brian Boats of Townsville has being using them exclusively in there 47ft sport fishers which are primarily built for the Cairns Marlin fishery

These boats do the miles in various conditions to truly test an engine. And if you speak to any of the Captains who run boats with these engines, they cannot praise them enough. The big thing that kept me envious, was what I was hearing about there fuel efficiency, to me it sounded nothing more than unbelievable.

 

So after a couple of meetings with the sales staff at Cummins Mercruiser Diesel at the Gold Coast that big decision was made. Two QSM11 were ordered, and plans were made to pull Viking 11 out of the water for a major engine room Refit. With the help of mate Brett Alty and Crewmen Peter McRae, I would take on the project of removing the old MTU’S, retrofitting the whole engine room, and installation of the new Cummins, so that Viking 11’s engine room would again become a glamour to behold.

 

It was a exciting feeling, knowing I was giving this Frank Woodnutt classic custom 46ft sport fisher a new lease of life, with another 100hp a side and all the new technology that was coming with the package. One thing about a epoxy built custom boat is that they can become ageless as long as engineering, electrical, and electronics are kept to current technology, and of cause the same can be said about some of the classic production boats of the past, that in many cases are better built stronger and have better sea attributes then some of the current lightly built models of today

 

We had the old motors and generator out in the first day, and started the process of removing all old engine harnesses, instrumentation, fuel lines, and virtually everything that was not going to be part of the vessel anymore. As I was involved in the building of Viking 11 in 1996 and 1997, and now having a second go at the engine room, the old adage if I had the time again I would do it different came into play, and there were things that I did want to do differently. But first the fared two packed engine room had to be bought back to its original condition, over the years through necessity I have picked up the spray gun, and although I wouldn’t advertise myself as being a spray painter I manage to keep my own boat tidy. The gleaming snow white awl gripe finish set the platform for all of what was next.

 

The old copper fuel lines were replaced with stainless tubing and blue stainless braided flexible lines.  The Racor primary fuel filters were re-sprayed and repositioned forward of the engine room as all the service filters on the QSMII Cummins are mounted forward. The configuration of the fuel system was changed so as the rear tanks only had suction and return lines through the fuel manifolds, and a transfer pump bought fuel from the forward tank to the aft tank via the return fuel manifold, a much simpler system.

 

Copper bilge piping was repainted, and a new engine driven pump installed and new piping fabricated to match new engines and existing bilge manifold. The Two way 240volt oil change pump was also mounted forward close to servicing areas of engines, and a simple manifold installed to allow quick oil changes of engines, gearbox, and generator.  Flexible red Ortec hosing was used from this manifold suitable for oil and suction, contrasting the colors of the other piping in the engine room.

 

The Cummins electrical harnesses are have all push in male and female connections and a well marked to make it quite simple to connect. It is a tidy brilliant system that is easy to follow, our biggest hurdle was accessing the archways and getting the wiring to the bridge, overhead consul, and tower, an extra pipe to the overhead consul from the bridge consul had to be installed but this added an extra handrail as well and does not look out of place.

 

To keep costs down I revamped the old ZF gearboxes which were rated to 600hp which was the rating of my QSMII, It also made the fabrication of the new engine footings a simple process. All of the newly fabricated footings were also sprayed with two pack, and the Barry mounts used by Cummins were installed ready for the new engines.

 

My Mather’s electronic controls were still used, with no changes needed for the gearbox cables, to the boxes. Cummins supplied the adaptor components which the throttle control cables connected to, changing the mechanical movement to a electronic signal to the engines computer, as well as engine synchronization.

 

The generator was moved from forward in the engine room to the aft, which made all the service areas on the Cummins much more accessible, and moved weight aft, another benefit to the boat, and made the service areas of the Cummins more accessible as for the generator.

 

The original fiberglass exhaust system and pong box meet Cummins specifications, so as all that had to be changed there was the inlet tail repositioned to meet up with the new exhaust outlets, and the old holes blanked off.

 

As we were running the same boxes and the Cummins top end was 230O rpm compared to the MTU’S 2100 rpm it was calculated that only half an inch of pitch would be added to the  four blade Teignbridge propellers.

 

We had the QSM11 Cummins being lowered onto the mountings 3 weeks after the old motors had been removed, and after some other paintwork on the boat and general yearly maintenance, had Viking 11 being lowered back into the water one month after it was lifted out. Final engine alignment was carried out and the Cummins technicians were notified that we were ready for a fire up.

 

It’s a great feeling after running a boat for ten years with a certain power plant, to than have that boat repowered with more horse power, a different torque curve, and a whole new feel about the boat.  Of cause it was a exciting moment when the QSM11,S first came to life, the note out of the Two 8 inch exhausts sounded totally different than the previous engines, They almost sound like a Ford big block V8, a very crisp note, and like a petrol engine their was no smoke. The Cummins tech connected his laptop to the engine sensors, and we prepared the boat for its first sea trial.

 

The motors are set to idle at 600rpm and are always in sync, they also have a low idle setting at 550 rpm, 2 cruise settings, and a on off switch for the synchronization. We idled out of the marina and the boat and motors felt smooth and the boat had no low speed vibration, which was the first plus as a comparison, the distance between Gold Coast City marina and the Broadwater is a long hall at the best of times at the maximum speed of 6 knots, but my keenness to test these new engines made it seem that little bit longer. The last no wake sign passed the port side, and I pushed the hammers down, The QSM11,S  leapt to life and Viking 11 jumped out of the hole quicker than it had ever done before, no smoke no turbo lag just clean response, another big positive comparison. I was starting to see what all the talk was about.

 

Cummins diesels, have formed a alliance with Mercruiser and use their Smart Craft technology for engine monitoring, a daylight color screen monitors everything you could ever want to know about your engine, from the basic temperature and oil pressure, to fuel usage, engine load condition, and engine room ambient temperature, to name just a few. Viking 11 got  two 28.5 Knots into 20knots of southerly and the RPM reached 2350 at 95% load there was possibly room for a little more pitch, but as the boat is used for live aboard charters on the reef, and has to carry a fair bit of gear I thought we were on the money.

 

After all the testing that was required for the engines to be signed over, I was starting to realise just how different the boat felt and responded to how it was previous. My trip to the Barrier reef for the Marlin season, showed a comparison in fuel burn that was remarkable. Here are some of the statistics.

 

Viking 11 before refit fuel burn.                                           Viking 11 after refit fuel burn.

 

8.5 knots.  900 RPM  24 LPH                                             8.5 Knots 875 RPM 16 LPH

  

20 Knots  1875 RPM  145 LPH                                          20 Knots 1850 RPM  128 LPH

 

21.5 Knots  1900 RPM  154 LPH                                       23 Knots  2000 RPM  146 LPH

Cruise for previous engines                                                Cruise for Cummins engines

 

25 Knots 2150 RPM  200 LPH                                                    25 Knots   2100 RPM  168 LPH

Full throttle previous engines                                                       Top end cruise Cummins

 

                                                                                                      28.5 Knots 2350 RPM

                                                                                                      Full throttle Cummins 

 

Viking 11 has now clocked up over 1200 hrs since August last year, and the decision to repower was the right one. For a sport fishing charter boat operation it means I am able to do extra days on the same amount of fuel I would burn previously. Other major advantages include, Less engine Vibration at low speed, No smoke, No soot over boat or in cabin, Paint work lasts longer, minimal pollution to water and atmosphere, Happier clients.

 

Port Stephens fires late. Up comming Gold coast Heavy tackle tournament

 

12th April 2009 Easter.

Hello folks.

Hope all are enjoying Easter, Not much happening on the gold coast last week due to the bad weather, But Port Stephens is going off with a late bite on Striped marlin, The fish are big and healthy and good mate Scott from the little charter boat freedom has been getting amongst them with up to 6 1n a day. He also reports that the small trailer boats have been having a ball. I am keen to get back their, and although the Viking 11 is back working on the coast, I have the use of a similar vessel fot Port Stephens if anyone interested. Got some great deals available with accommodation, at recession rates. The Cairns Black Marlin season is also quickly approaching we have a good season booked but their is a couple of hot spots still available, and looking at the ocean currents for this season, it is going to be a cracker. Not much to do on Viking 11 this year after the big refit with the cummins last year, but a new teak deck will be laid and I am going to pick up the spray gun once more for a touch up.   

Port stephens here we come.

Hello folks,

Viking 11 is back on the coast, after a great trip from Cairns with my whole family on board, we spent New years at Hamilton island, and Visited White Haven Beach, and reefs in the capricornia Group, We had to make a dash to Hervey Bay due to bad weather, But caught up with friends but caught up with friends there, it was a great trip for the kids and they loved it.

We are now getting ready for our Port Stephens season, We have some great time slots still available there, and we will be running our workshops also at the Port. These are a great hit and no one has ever gone away not stoked about what they have seen and learnt. Go to the website to get all the information. The reports already coming from the Port are talking of plenty of stripes and blues and now the Blacks are starting to roll in that went through the Gold Coast recently.  As always Port stephens is a great destination, hope to see you there.  

ON FIRE AT THE BANK.

Hello folks

Well can’t do a thing wrong at present. We have gone 4 days with my American clients working off the Mother Alantic Princess and loving it. In our 4 days so far we have caught 3 over 850lb and 6 in total. Clients would like to Keep a reel big one if we get the chance. Hears hoping. 

Our 20th fish well over 1000lb

Hello folks,
A beautifull day on the reef.  yesterday we caught a special fish well over 1000lb, Best I have seen for some time, we had a very strong and fit client Richard Mcinnis on the end of the Rod, good friend of 10 year regular Brent Morehouse. These guys work out together. The fish did some outstanding moves and jumps than went real deep before another series of jumps 85lbs of drag slowed her down enough for a great tag a release swimming away in good shape leaving us with great memories. An extra bonus for myself and crew it marked our 20th fish for the season.
Capt Billy

Gone to double figures

Gday folks

Bit windy at present but it is not affecting the fishing at all, Yesterday we only ventured outside the Reef for 3 hours but raised 4 fish had 3 bites and caught a 250lber and a 500lber. one of my clients Don Cambell from the states is getting on in years but did a great job considering the conditions, to catch his first ever Black Marlin, Our tally for the season to date is 10 fish the largest to date a 650 700lber the season has only just begun it is going to be a cracker. stay tuned.

 

Viking 11 log 19th September 2008

Left Cairns 0730 New clients Neil and son Jake Francis. Run out to Linden Bank. Fish bank and opal ridge all day raised 5 fish one nice one, But all fish would not eat, change from the day before when they were hungry. Did catch 2 nice yellow fin tuna and large bull dolphin. Pictures of the day before action.

The big fish season is off to a flying start

Hello Folks

Well we have just finished our first 4 days of serious heavy tackle fishing. Husband and wife team Rodger and Barbera Cunningham from NZ. We had Nine bites and caught 6 biggest was 650 lb and a 400lber for Barbera on a bait rod 50lb, ClIents were stocked and booked a week next year Great going, Rodger and Barbera. ITS going to be a big one . THE BIG FELLER

The big ones are hear in numbers

Hello folks

Well all good news, our second day of our first Heavy tackle charter for the season and we found them 5 bites 5 hook ups 3 tagged the largest 650lb which had a group of smaller fish swimming with her all lite up great to see this early clients Rodger and Barbara Cunninghame very happy,  Barbara also got a 400lber on the bait Rod using a lazer pro. Second time we have done this this season. Speak soon.

 

First 15 minutes of Heavy tackle season.

Hello to everyone.

Viking and crew on the reef. Left for 5 days Reef and light tackle fishing, left on the 7th Sep at 1300 to catch some bait, Got to linden bank at 1600 and started catching scad. Had a lazer pro out back for a mackerel, when we spotted a tailer, hooked up and after a great fight on 50lb released a 450 lber first fish for the season and we wer’nt even marlin fishing. We bagged out on red emperor and Coral trout as well as spanish mackerel, Yellowfin tuna, Bluefin tuna, to break the trip up, everone happy. The new cummins engines don’t stop impressing me, well be doing article in Bluewater on refit soon stay tuned.

Going back into Cairns today, do first full marlin day tomorror, stay tuned for report.

 

Trip to Cairns on refitted boat

G/day folks

Viking 11 arrived in Cairns 18th August, 3 punters did the trip with crew and myself, and enjoyed some great bottom fishing and sport fishing, taking home enough fillets of red emperor, coral trout, red throat emperor, and of cause the mighty Spanish mackerel, to keep their fish appetites satisfied for months. The new QSM11 CUMMINS ran a treat and the fuel economy was unbelievable, I cannot recommend these motors high enough. All ready their are large numbers of small marlin showing up inside the reefs, after the big wet that was experienced up north this year, this is a great sign for things to come, and I am more than confidient of a red hot season. I will be keeping you all informed so keep in touch. 

Week 2 of refit

Hello folks.

Installing new wiring for cummins QSM11 almost 75% finished, new bearings for rudders installed, engine room ready for repaint, new engine supports 75% completed, gearboxes with new engine couplings installed on engines, and painted, Genset repainted, drive pullies for auxillary equipment installed on new engines, transom painted by yours truly on spray Gun, not to bad. Rebuilding steering rams and steering arms and tie rods. Thats all for now folks.

 

 

2008 Port Stephens season

 

Back from Port Stephens season, and enjoying catching up with my wonderful family. Had some great times at the Port, here are a few highlights.

 

Catching 8 in a day as well as all three species.   Catching blue marlin over 200kg on 15kg, catching 3 blues marlin over 150kg,. Plus consistent multiple fish days.

 

Here is a great little story that was one of my personal highlights.

 

Kim, my wife ,came down for a little 3 day visit, during some time off. I decided to give her a treat and take her for a marlin fish. It was one of those days magic days weather wise, and we headed up to the Gibber, a serious reef structure between Broughton Island and Seal Rocks.  We caught our fresh bait got them out and crewman Wade, Kim, and myself sat back to enjoy the day. I went to the cockpit to have a leak and Wade took over the driving. As always it happened we had our first bite, Kim got hooked up to a nice Black, and I started clearing the gear. Well some how I found myself also hooked up, and for the first time ever Mummy and Daddy had a double header on, of decent black marlin, and personally I could not remember the last time I was hooked up to a marlin. It was a great hour of great fun. Of course I lost mine but Kim got hers. Mission accomplished back to the marina for debriefing and cocktails.

 

The 2008 interclub tournament was won by my good friends on the new Assegai Gorilla who took out the tag and release section! And my other buddies on rampage took out the capture section. Due to bad weather it only turned out to be a 2 day gig.

2007 Giant Black Marlin season

Well it was bound to happen, after a run of unbelievable fishing seasons, the 2006 Giant Black Marlin season was much slower than usual, but I can’t complain with the amount of big fish action.

We fished most of September which has been excellent in the past but the marlin were sparse, so we spent a substantial part of the day giving the clients great entertainment with large Spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna, yellow fin tuna, red emperor, and coral trout. Yes we did catch a few marlin in the afternoons but nothing over 300lb.

Early October bought our first Run of nice fish, and the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic soon rolled around. We had a shocker of a start on day 1 and day 2, but our lucked changed on day 3 when we tagged 4 black marlin up to 750lbt, talk about going from the shithouse to the penthouse. At the end of the 7 day tournament we ended up being one off the pace, and client Brent Morehouse was champion angler. Brent has done 10 seasons with me and caught some great fish, many we have called 950lb, and he was always keen to weigh a 1000lb plus black marlin. On the last day in the last hour Brent hooked the biggest fish he has ever seen, I called it over 1100lbs, Brent elected to tag and release the magnificent fish to put him in front for the champion angler award. You know what they say it’s never over till the fat lady sings.

Another big fish story ended with a not so happy ending, another client wishing to weigh his first big fish hooked a monster off Lena Reef at the bottom end of the ribbons, the fish did some spectacular jumps and than sounded, an hour later we had her close but even with 85lbs of drag could not quite get to her, we felt she was tied, how wrong we were, she again bolted to the depths and stripped 400 meters of line off the big 130H Penn International. This was one of the biggest and most impressive fish that I have seen in my 25 year history. It was all hard yards but we managed to get her close again, I could see the huge fish paddling 25 meters down, than I spotted the brown shapes next to her. I was about to yell cut her off, but it was too late they made there move. We got her on board as quick as we could. The Black Marlin had a huge girth, but the shark eaten tail end left us devastated.

The 3rd of December our last day arrived, it was calm hot and steamy, 16:30 had not seen a fish behind the baits or on the sounder, and starting to count down the minutes to seeing my family, when the fish alarm sounded. I changed my focus from the baits to the sounder, and saw the 3 small boomerangs holding at 50 meters. Might get lucky yet I said to myself, I looked back at the baits just in time to see a big fish engulf the big scaley mackerel. It was than I realised that I had only marked the small fish that were accompanying the big mother.

An hour later we released our 4th fish for the season well over 1000lbs a great way to finish. In the wash up we ended up [with 55 black marlin, 4 over 1000lbs 6 over 900lbs and 9 over 750lb and a sea monster without a tail.