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 

17th September Linden Bank North of Cairns

With the south east trade wind of 20knots pushing against a 1.5 knot southerly set, perfect conditions for the big blacks but not so perfect for Client Chris Egan, who had a little trouble keeping his breakfast down. So a run into south Opal for a regroup and debriefing plus a swim, had him keen for another go at 2:30. By the time we got the baits in the water at 3:00, we were limited in time to work back to the bank, but once there things looked promising with a big fish marking on the sounder, up came her small companion and grabed the big bait and pulled it out of the rigger, the small fish could not eat the yellowfin tuna skip bait,  so a shark helped himself to the fresh offering and after a short fight the mono leader got bit off.

With another bite by a small fish and a few others marked, our first day finished looking very promising, and Chris had a miricle recovery so a bigger effort will be put in tomorrow.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Coast Heavy Tackle Tournament

20th April 2009
Results for the heavy Tackle tournament run from the Gold Coast.
Day 1.  Weather wise it was a cracker but unfortunately the fish were holding deep and very few rose to the offerings, only a few boats managed to get bites,  Yvone was first on the board with a striped marlin, than Mistress skipped on the day by Well known Gold Coast Captain Ross McCubbin put a 200kg Blue on the deck, and only one other fish listed, another Blue Marlin.
Day 2.  With the weather picking up saw many of the smaller boats call it a day. But the ever consistent Graham McCloy caught wife Carmen a potential Qld record Blue Marlin, and only one other blue caught.Final
Results – first boat on the scoreboard took out the honours For tag and release – Yvonne  with one striped marlin.
And largest fish weighed was Mistress 200kg Blue Marlin.

A bit of News from New Zealand. A big blue Marlin has been weighed at Hohoura, North Island,  on Thursday?

It is the biggest marlin ever weighed out of NZ waters at 483.4kg = 1063lbs. (The previous biggest being a black at 473kg = 1040lb.) Apparently the beast was caught on Harlequin with John Douglas by first time marlin angler Ross Jameson.  Well Done.

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 late bite

26th March 2009

Viking 11 is back on the Gold coast, and available for all charters, The black Marlin season here was the best for many years and also the boats looking for the Big blues were not dissapointed. Great Marlin PicOur season in Port Stephens was a little slow compared to the double didget days, of previous years but we did manage to keep our numbers up with some big blues up to 600lb, I still have the use of a 50ft custom for fishing the waters off Port stephens and of cause as soon as I pulled out of Port Stephens The Stripe marlin bite that Port Stephens is renowned for started. We can offer very competitive rated for fishing either the Gold Coast or Port Stephens so lets get together for some great fishing for either Black, Blue, and Striped marlin.

Bluewater workshop students Switchbait Blues

11th February 2009

Hello folks

Finished my second workshop for Port Stephens, and again the students got to experience switch baiting a nice Blue marlin of around 130kg, it all went to plan as we had spent part of the previous day teaching, and the students were blown away see a blue engulf a skipping slimey mackerel so close to the boat, The blue performed well on the 24kg line class than went deep so I was able to show them some boat driving to assist in the fight, Love these new cummins QSM11 for responce. Another great workshop with great people, Call kim if you would like to join the next group,

Capt Bill

 

Best Blue Marlin fishing for some time.

Hello folks  

3rd February 2008.

I know not enough updates, better lift my game. This year after our Cairns season Kim and myself decided to make the trip back to the Gold Coast with the full family on board. So after a wonderful Christmas at home off to Cairns we went, This would be a first for young Emmie- Rose and Kai. 1000 nautical miles on a boat Kim and I had our doubts, my elder daughter Holly joined us in Cairns, and we all enjoyed such a great family experience, and hoping to make it a regular family excursion.  

Back to fishing! Viking 11 is now at Port Stephens, We did our reposition trip from the Gold Coast with Clinton and his Dad, Clinton was aboard last year as well, and had such a great time that he dragged the old Man along for this years tip. Fishing was a little slow but, a Blue Marlin off Yamba of around 150kg gave us a great performance, and broke the Ice. A gorgeous night made the night time travelling a treat, But the Morning revealed that the current had spun around to the north, not the best snenero, for our target species Blue Marlin.

It was not untill Crowdy Head that things Started to Change around, and by the time we had reached Seal Rocks, it was smoking, and looking great. We never got a bite but I marked enough fish that I could not believe we did’nt. It was enough for the boys to decide to take another day, to spend were we marked the Blue Marlin the Day before.

It was a great call and Clinton and his Dad experienced some great blue Marlin fishing with 5 bites on blues up to 500 LBS, our hook up rate was not so wonderful though with only one of these tagged.

My first Port Stephens Workshop for the year was a great success, 9 fun students that worked in well together. I made the call to spend our day on the water switch baiting, and headed out to my marks.

I had the boys all tuned up and that it could happen any time so be ready, well we had barely got the the teasers set when their he was, I made the calls, but at first the Boys thought I was kidding, the tone in my voice soon changed that, and the boys experieced the excitement of switch baiting a 200kg blue, a great fight and the fish was along side for all to admire. The atmoshere on the boat was estatic. It was our fish for the day, but the workshop team were more than empressed.

We were out the next day with 3 American Clients, and at 1600 pm we had caught 2 beautiful blues 350 lb and one that was heading towards 600lbs both fights were extensive and put a big smile on Chris’s dial. It was a great day for quality fish out of Port Stephens.

I still have some great days available out ot the Port so I will be updating the site regularly to keep you updated.

By for Now

Capt Bill

  

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.  

Season wrap up.

Firstly folks sorry for the lack of updates, the laptop finally stopped all together, so lets catch up. Overall it was a great season with some mighty fish with many boats getting amongst the giants, Viking 11 ended up with 3 definitely well over 1000lb one of which could have been over 1200lb. My log also shows that I called two 950lb, and 5 over 800lb, we also let many of my clients get amongst some great reef fishing with red emperor, and coral trout, in the evenings and early mornings, and the large spaniards were in abundance.

We ventured far and wide, when the fishing on the edge became slow, we were out with the tuna long liners getting amongst big yellowfin, big eye, and Black and Blue marlin and there was some monsters of both species there. One boat did battle for 7 hours, only to have the line break.  Clients that have been with me since viking 11 was launched, got to experience the boat with the new QSM11 Cummins engines in it. What a machine it is now, so responsive, so clean running, even well seasoned crewmen were amazed how the boat can stay with a fish on the leader, I am always proud to hear the statement that its the best marlin Boat in this country.

Although we did not come close to 110 fish as per one of my big number seasons, we were well on our way to 60 fish when I greated Kim my wife and my 3 beautiful children, Holly, Emmi-Rose, and Kai, at the dock in Cairns at the end of the season. Marlin fishings great but nothing beats the feeling of seeing your family after a long season, and the pleasure they give you.   I will put up a few shots of the high lights, To all my clients a big thank you for your support, and the great times we had together, to my crew Jay and Andy, You guys are the best Thanks for the hard work and your abilities. I wish all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. 

 

 

 

 

Struck it lucky in two days.

My old apprentice from my Trade days, Will burrell  brother Dave and mate phill, Had their first trip to the reef this year only a short two days, but struck it lucky with a 950 lber as well as some great red emperor fishing at night and some good spanish mackerel in the morning there booking more days next year.

 

 

Finish of a great trip.

Hi folks

Just finished my seven day charter with Americans Terry, Doug, and Ron 11 fish for the trip including a 750 800 850 900 and a 1100 pound plus,  One to remember.  The season had a little late start proper, this year but from all reports  it is well and truly underway with many boats enjoying great fishing, and now the weather is great their is no better place to be.

 

These clients are on fire.

Hello folks
Well These guys are so lucky another big fish, I would say with no hesitation one of largest I have seen. We had it on the leader inside the hour and crewmen Andy Dow did an out standing job, 5 big jumps on the wire than got it close for a gaff shot , only inches and the shot was their. She moved from one corner to other but just out of reach of a gaff shot, my controls in the tower pulled out of the consul as I tried to stay with it . There is such a big difference between keeping a big fish and tagging it. The fish than went down and dogged it on the wire and Andy made the right call and let go. She went deep and 88LBS of drag could not stop a blistering 300meter run. The size of this fish had its tail beat hitting the end of the wind on and cut it off. The clients were blown away and exhausted angler Doug is ordering the largest fish cast he can. A small 300lber in the morning brings my clients total to 8 for this trip with one over 1000lb and 3 over 850lb. 

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. 

Gday folks.
 
Another good day on the bank for Big Fish. We let go a solid 850lber and also hooked up on a fish that angler Terry and crew wanted to put in the Boat. Than a Bazzare thing happened we were about to grab the Leader when one of the following Male fish got the line caught in its mouth and started jumping next to the boat and got caught up in the whole program breaking our attachment to a donkey of a fish. The small fish was released  while caught up in the line and leader. And the Big girl owed it’s male partner a big thankyou. In my 25 years up hear I have never seen anything like  it .   

Finally calm weather and giant fish.

Hello folks.

Sorry about promised Pictures, put having trouble with the bloody computer,

Yesterday started with New American Clients for 7 Days working off the Mothership Alantic Princess, glamour, great day good weather for a change and on his first day Terry Caught a cracker, Knocking at the door one could say, we had 2 other bites on small fish But hooked the big one late, came in behind the reef at night with everyone on a high. Their has been some other nice ones also caught recently from Moana, Little Audry, and Iona 11, all on Linden Bank.

 

A mixed bag of Quality from the GBR.

Hello Again folks.

Well the wind has finally given us a little break and my clients gave me the go ahead to venture outside the reef after lunch for a crack at a Marlin. The morning had already been sucessfull with some quality Red Emperor and large spanish Mackerel, the day before the reef fin closure. Well what a great mixed bag for the day. Pictures tell a thousand words. As well as show a thousnd pounder on the leader. 

 

 

 

 

Some nice fish for some nice Guys.

Hello boys and

Well on the Viking 11 not much to report on the marlin front, with the wind still very strong and good friend and regular client Beau Kuok happy to do light tackle for spanish mackerel and get amongest the trout before the reef closure. From the rest of the fleet Capt Jared on the Sharka let go a solid 850lber in the middle ribbons,  and New boat Watchdog with Capt Crusty at the wheel let go a very healthy 700lber on Lindon Bank, The Current is still going to the north which is not what we really need  but It is about to change. The wind is being a pest, but as we know in this game we have to take the good with the bad. Their has being some patches of small fish up to 400lb, and if in the right spot at the right time catching 3 a day is possible.  Thats all folks.

Highs and Lows as the wind blows.

Well our luck had to change. after the 3 weeks of our marlin season enjoying over 90% hook up rate the Monkey jumped on our back in the Lizard Island Tournament. Even though we managed to release a beautiful fish well over 1000lb our hook up and catch rate declined dramatically. For the seven days of the tournament we had 17 bites with one being another monster but only managed to tag 2, one fish charged the boat and got cut off before we could tag it, if it could go wrong it did, Top boat finished with 6 in a relative slow tournament this year. You know what they say. ” The sun dos’nt shine out of the same dogs arse all the time “

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

Regular client Paul Kelly catches 8 Blacks for 3 day trip

Well he has always been lucky and this year was no exception.  Paul Kelly has fished with me now for 24years, and was the original owner of my first boat Viking,  and is one of my closest friends. Just completing a three day trip paul managed to release 8 black marlin, not bad for a guy who religiously will not start Marlin fishing till after a swim, fresh fish lunch and a bottle of wine, Paul normally will take a week but he is a little at edge with the market at present. Good on you PK always great fun with you aboard.

 

Told you it was going to be a cracker season

Hi folks,

Well the reef is doing what it is famous for, producing big fish, already their has been some giants released, up and over the Magic thousand lb mark, I started regular client the infamous Paul kelly yesterday and we had a cracker 2 hour session as soon as we put the baits in the water. Tagging 4 Black marlin to 350lb. marked the big girl but she did not interupt her smaller friends from their feasting. A lot of fish now are starting to arrive and it will be a big season

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