Another World Record, top boat for the 2003 Cairns Heavy Tackle season, for the 2nd year running. As well as another top placing in the prestigious Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic. No other charter boat in Australia comes close to their results again VIKING II CONSISTENTLY CONSISTENT.
Early January 2003 saw us in transit to Port Stephens, the World Record capital of Australia, for our southern season. The waters off Port Stephen’s were alive with pods of striped marlin in late January and captures of up to 10 fish a day were not uncommon. Tom Evan’s, multiple world record holder with fly fishing tackle was again with us and clocked up his third World Record. This time a Black Marlin of 68.5 kg (151lb) on 8kg tippet (16lb). This gives Tom the Black, the Blue and the Striped Marlin Records for tippet classes 10kg and 8kg, all on Viking II. All our clients enjoyed their fishing but I would have to say that the highlight of our Port Stephen’s Season was our combined Bluewater Sportfishing Workshop with fishing trip. These were highly successful and with the testimonials listed below everyone was more than impressed.
“I picked up more tips in 2 days than in 10 years”
Gary McDonald New Zealand.
” Awesome the amount of info I took away, has done wonders for my fishing and rigging skills”
Josh McCue Kurnell
” How Many Crews of this Caliber are happy to share their secrets?” A fantastic weekend both social and informative”.
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Our fuel only transit trips, allowed for anglers to fish certain legs of our trip south and north at lure trolling speed were again popular and amazing value. Some of the more popular legs produced non stop action.
We were back in Cairns in June 2003 and kept busy with day trips, reef fishing and light tackle sport fishing.
In late July we received a contract to travel to New Guinea and work along side a 45-metre White Boat called Lion Wind. Taking the owner and clients fishing around the untouched waters of this area, we visited such places as Alotoa, Rabaul and Kavieng. The fishing was outstanding to say the least. What an Experience!.
The 2003 Cairns Heavy Tackle season was upon us once more, with 83 days in the book it was going to be a big one, and that it was. As I sit here remembering the highlights it would be hard to mention them all. 105 Black Marlin for the season my greatest result in the 17 years as Captain of Viking and Viking II. With last years result of 101 makes two consecutive years we have topped the magic 100. Great fish, Big fish, (7 around the 1000lb mark and 2 over 1100 LB). Many double headers, Tournament Placing, great clients, funny moments and great friendships. Already I can’t wait till next year.
To all my Clients and my crew thank you for making 2003 another special year and I look forward to our time together again in 2004.
Capt. Bill Billson