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34 In 25 days 2 @ 999lbs

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Our success is still continuing, Just finished 6 days with Graham Mitchel, Son of pioneer angler from the early years out of Cairns Basil Mitchel, Graham got 7 in his trip including a nice one that could have been well over the mark, He is enjoying getting back into his fishing again, after a long stint of being out of it. He has son wonderful Movies, stills, and of cause stories from the early years. The lizard island Tournament starts Tomorrow hope luck stays with us.shot for blog,.

27 fish in 19 days were catching

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Just finished our 19th Day in our season, and a day off in Cooktown for service etc. We have managed 27 fish in 19 days fishing up to 999lb, all clients have been so happy, the weather wind wise has not been great but it has certainly keep the fish on the chew, we are off tomorrow for another 6 days before the tournament so stay turned on our results.IMG_0946 Daves Fish

Second trip for season the fish are getting Bigger.

Hello Again,

After a 3 day trip with Flint Besecker from the USA, we managed a couple of Bites a day, end result was 4 from 6 up to 450lb Flint first visit to Cairns and will be chasing more time and a big one next year. So we are 8 in 6 days in early season maybe the new little adjustments in setup working OK time will tell, 4 days starting tomorrow, Stay tuned.


It’s that time again 2015 Giant Black Marlin season

A big hello to all my fishing friends

We have started our season, and after a magnificent trip from the Gold Coast to Cairns, we fished a couple of Days with the boys who joined us from Hamilton Island, the results were encouraging , we had a total of 5 bites and Caught 2 for Darrell Mann and his friends Chris and Will.

Yesterday we did a day trip with Andy Appleyard from the UK for 2 from 2 on fish up to 350lb, so we are on the board with 4 fish so far are extended Charters start today so stay turned.


2 granders and over a fish a day average. 10/10/2014

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Sorry the updates been so scarce, been a flu candidate, and also the blog deal had a virus. Ok since I Started 3 weeks ago we are averaging a fish a day, so all good already 1 over 1000lb and one I firmly believe to be over 1100lb. Both during my partner Beau’ s trip, His friend Gee got the big girl =, all good cause he was unfortunate to lose a similar size fish, last season .


IOOOLB Black and Blue on Viking 11

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Heading for the Great Barrier Reef tomorrow, still mid December keep turned for regular blogs and up dates on, Both shots below are from the reef but two species.IMG_13882005 heavy tackle season 306.jpg cropped


2014 Cairns Giant Black Marlin season

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This Sunday we are on our way north to Cairns, for the Big fish season Keep turned to my blogs on the home page of website to keep up to date with the action on Viking 11.

Capt Billy Billson



Viking 11 2013 Cairns Giant Black Marlin season report


By, Captain Billy Billson

26 Giant Black Marlin seasons as Captain of Viking and Viking 11, yes I have experienced some amazing fishing, and as I rekindle the memories of the season just completed, south bound for home to the Gold Coast, the realisation that it was certainly up their as one of the best, or if not the best season for large and very large fish I have fished, became aware to me.

Seeing the first big fish of a season, certainly makes you realise were you are fishing and what you are fishing for. This happened on the second day of my first charter of the 2013 season. Normal privateers from the big Riviera “Jag” Mick and Deano, decided to charter this year, and left Jag in her berth.

Our first day was fruitless, although a large fish mark on the sounder, certainly got my interest.  2nd day we headed for the Ribbon reefs with a spread of lures in tow, A 250lber broke the Ice, and we settled in to working the opening between 3 and 4 ribbon for the afternoon with some baits, the big fish bite happened at 5.00pm, she game up from the depths fast and aggressive and crashed the Scaly Mackerel bait. All went perfect except she managed to blow it out, without the circle hook finding its mark. The boys were still very excited by the action, and it was nice to see our first big fish this season.

Some more small fish action kept us entertained, until the start of the boys last day. The baits were in the water less than half an hour, when we came tight to a real nice one, Deano was up, and he got his first true taste of a Giant Black Marlin on the Barrier Reef. Deano’s peak physical condition from years of training drinking the amber fluid, soon took its toll on the fish. It is always entertaining to see unbelievably fit anglers like Deano doing battle with large fish. Our first fish over 1000lb for the season was released, and congrats all round was halted as the bait being put back out got eaten by a 800lber, Mick jumped in the chair and before lunch we had already had a great day, with 2 quality fish, and our first grander for the season on the board. Cooktown for changeover and a toast to Deano’s first grander.

Regular lucky client Dave McPherson was next up. Dave past record is impressive to say the least.  Mutable Grander releases including 2 well over the mark in a day. This year Dave wanted to make a movie of his trip so bought along Brett Richard for the movie camera, and Chris Yu from Fishing World for the stills. Dave Macpherson’s first day on the reef resulted in a 250lber a 500lber and our second fish well over 1000lb for the season, Dave gets a tattoo of a large marlin on his arms or legs for  every time he get a grander, he is quickly running out of room. More action on small to medium fish took lucky Dave’s tally for his 4 days to 6 fish.

Charter No 3 and our three Texas clients got what they had travelled all this way for, on day 4 of 7 a truly big girl left a hole in the water as if a bomb had exploded on top of the stinger bait, this was a very fat and healthy fish and I had no trouble calling her over 1100lb a tough fight with magnificent jumps, and our 3rd Grander for the season was released.

The Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic was next with my regular clients Jim Wild and Rick Pollock on Board from Canada. Jim and Rick have experienced the pleasure of being the anglers one of the 5 times I have been fortunate enough to win this prestigious tournament. Day 4 of the 7 day event was our day, Heart break corner on No 10 Ribbon reef again proved  to be a great fishing hole. A Double header in a heavy tackle tournament can make a quick adjustment to the score, but with heavy tackle everything has to go your way. One angler has to fight a fish with a heavy duty stand up harness with a 130lb chair rod, while we try and catch the fish with angler in the chair as quick has possible. The double header we hooked at Heat break was not going to give us the break we needed this time, Jim lost his balance and the rod touched the covering board, now that fish would not be a legal capture, the call came to cut him off so we could get after Rick Pollock’s big fish, another great fight and another great fish released our 4th grander for the season. Our day was not over and an 850lber for Jim Wild had us in the hunt with smaller fish caught on previous days. But day 4 was ours for Champion boat Day 4. Another 850lber for Jim Wild on Day 7 which was the last fish in the tournament put us in the top 10% for placing, with our big fish results we were more than happy.    .

Charter No 5 Newcomers Paul Harper and Matt Smith joined us for 3 days, Day 1 the score is a 350lber and a 850lber, Day 2 and Paul releases our 5th 1000lb plus fish for the season, this trip was already a mind blower for the boys first time on the reef, and the performance of Pauls fish had us all overwhelmed. It looked like our luck took a big turn for the worst when the port motor just stopped for no reason the morning of their last day. We had to fish on one motor until the fault was realised. Yes Murphy played his part and yet another very large fish created a large blue tube of oxygenated water as it ate the mackerel tuna being skipped on the left rigger. One engine a very large marlin it was time to put the 26 years of practice into play. Fortunately the fish made all the wrong moves and we made all the right ones and we had our 6th fish over 1000lb for the season what a cracker 3 day trip for Paul and Matt. I did a MacGyver on the Port engine and got it back to life, and yes back to Cooktown for another debriefing and cocktails.

In 26 years as skipper of Viking and Viking II in the Cairns Black Marlin Season, I have never had a run of big fish as I have had so far this season. We have fished 25 days so far and have caught 10 fish over 800lb and I totally believe 6 of those fish were over 1000lb.

Charter No 6 my business partner Beau his wife Ying and friend Gee arrived from Hong Kong for 6 days.  I was happy to have a rest from the cooking chores utilising the mother ship Aroona. Beau and Ying enjoy reef fishing in the mornings and light tackle, so the marlin fishing is kept to the afternoons. I could not have been more pleased when my Good friend Beau released our 7th grander of the season. Not to be outdone Gee in just another hours of trolling was hooked up to a larger than large black marlin. It was an extremely tough fight and this wise fish new all the tricks, and after 2 hours even though we had the leader early, but could not get the release, the 650lb leader had chafed through. It was a big effort by Gee but he was more than happy with the experience.

Charter No 7 past contenders  Henning Hassel and Nils Christian were aboard for 6 days, and we got amongst some nice fish again, 3 over 900lb, the highlight of the trip was day 3, a 900lber a 950lber and a 650lb fish, and all fish performed like you would not believe.

Charter No 8 I was joined by my mates from the Gold Coast, Joel, Stuart, Colin and a laugh a minute, Ashleigh, for 4 days. The action finally slowed and the boys managed 3 fish for the trip, great reef fishing, and of cause good mates having a few cocktails in the evenings. The last day was the highlight we got a double header on fish around 700 lb, one of these managed to escape, and when we got the other alongside, we were amazed to see the other identical fish swimming with his mate, both fish lit up like Christmas trees, a wonderful sight.

Charter No 9 Back for a second trip this season is my business partner Beau and we settle into the same pattern as we did on Beau’s first trip, plenty of reef fish trout, red emperor etc, the marlin fishing had slowed for the whole fleet, we went wide with the lures searching, and got a blue marlin around 350lb the last day Suzy a young female friend of Beau’s family had allot of fun on a active 500lb Black.

Charter No 10, some more close friends from Brisbane arrived, Ben Gripski, Dad Paul and business colleges. Again the fishing was not red hot but considering what was happening 4 fish to 450lb not bad, the boys also love to spearfish and had a ball in the mornings.

It finally came around the last trip of the 2013 season, Herve and Daniel from Abidjan Ivory Coast, Daniel had weighed a Blue Marlin over 1000lb in his younger days and on the bucket list wanted the black. The boys only booked 4 days at the end of the season, and for these lucky anglers our big fish run kicked back in again for the finally . First day a 950lber second day an 800lber third day the monster over 1100lb and last day well a rest. What a way to finish, myself and  wonderful crew, Westy and Carl, were tied but so pleased as to the results, The anglers who spent so long in the plane to get a crack at a large black, were so impressed they are already looking at next season. A great party at the dock with other boats that had just completed the season that evening followed, and we were rewarded by many great comments on the special season we had just completed.

Big fish results Viking 11 Cairns 2013 season.

18 marlin over 800lb

14 marlin over 900lb

9 marlin over the magic 1000lb

 Henning and Nils 112IMG_0946 Daves Fish005

10th November 2013 A great fun Trip.

Hello Folks

Just finished a four day gig with my good mates, Joel, Stuart, Colin, and laugh a minute Ashleigh, always a great time, The first day on Linden bank only produced one small fish, and the boys were keen to get up to the beauty of the Ribbons, a bit of sinker bouncing and snorkling. The first half of day 2 saw us light tackle fishing for bait, and mackerel for dinner and did great on Northern Bluefin, Mack Tuna, scaley Mackerel, and Spanish Mackerel for Dinner. We started the marlin fishing program at Lena the bottom end of the Ribbons at 2pm, but although the water looked pretty no bites.

Day 3 a morning bottom fish resulted in Red emperor, and other quality table fish, The afternoon marlin fishing got another smaller fish. Oh I should mention the party night rafted up along side Askari.

Day 4 of cause everyone a little quitter, a bite and missed fish got everyone on the ball, and all saw the lovely bite as a 700lber eat the short skipping tuna, than the skad got hit, and we looking at a double header. The right hook came out and we got the left rod to the chair, a short fight had 2 fish of around the same 700lb mark all lit up at the boat, one was hooked and the other, the one we obviously lost earlier alongside her, what a site for the boys to see, very spectacular. The hooked fish was released, and both fish departed the scene of the crime. Nice finish to a fun trip.

Billy   .


6th November 2013 Seven over 1000lb four 900 plus four 800lb plus so far.

Henning and Nils 112

Hello folks

This season is becoming one of my best ever big fish seasons of all time. As the heading above would contest. We have just finished a trip with Henning Hassel, and Nils Christian were we got amongst some nice fish again, 3 over 900lb the highlight of the trip was the 3rd day a 900lber a 950lber and a 650lber, all fish performed like you would not believe and my clients who have done a couple of trips in the past with me, loved the experience again. It has certainly been a wonderful season for the big girls, and all my clients have seen what this place can produce, If the big fish keep coming as they have been it will certainly be one to remember.

Capt Billy Billson

Big fish just keep coming. 31st October 2013

Hello Folks

My partner Beau wife ying and friend Gee just finished 6 days with us. We had the Aroona for our mother ship and my girlfriend Kay also came along for the ride. The Aroona was a wonderful experience, and a nice break for me.

Fishing wise, as always the first half of our days were getting amongst some great reef fishing, Red emperor and Coral trout keep the team very happy. The marlin fishing was still producing quality fish and on our second day after a morning of pulling on large Red Emperor and a fish feed behind the reef we ventured out. Before long Beau was hooked up to our 7th Grander for the season, I was having trouble believing the run I was having with these huge fish. The big girl was released and Beau and all aboard were ecstatic.

Our day was not finished than it was Gee’s turn another Big fish, This girl new all the tricks and headed out to the deep water, it was a tough fight for 40 minutes and we had the serious drag on her than it was over she won her freedom, the 650 lb leader had chafed through. Gee was still happy for the experience and we made our way back to the mother ship after a amazing day of reef fishing and Giant marlin fishing.

Gee’s luck with the big fish didn’t change and late on day 3 another beauty attacked our skipping Mackerel Tuna, This time she just blew out the bait after 15minutes, she was not properly hooked.

With some smaller fish action during the trip and a bite out of another big girl, all round it was a wonderful time, great fishing great people Beau and his team left very, very happy, They will be back for another week in a couple of weeks time.

Trying to put some photos up but having problems hope soon.

Capt Billy Billson

24th October 2013.My best run of big fish ever

Hello Folks

26 years of driving Viking and Viking 11 in the Cairns Giant Black marlin Season, I have never had a run like I am having with the big fish, we have fished 25 days so far and have caught 10 fish over 800lb and well I believe that 6 of those fish were over 1000lb and pushing 1100lb. Now some of you might think that my years are starting to play with my judgement, but my seasoned crew are also amazed at the results.

Just fished new comers Paul Harper and Matt Smith. for just 3 days, straight out of the Box we caught a 300lber,  but the baits back out and a double header the smaller of the 2 fish earned its freedom and the 850lber was Matt’s first ever Marlin.

Day 2 the action started at 2.00pm when a classic big fish bite on the left tuna bait had us all screaming half a hour later Paul Harper let go a beauty, again over 1000lb was my call. Another high light of that big fish it was caught on one engine, as a electronic issue put my port engine out of commission. It put a new meaning to crazy boat driving.

Day 3 things seemed a little slower, and a lost rare blue marlin for on the edge of the reef which eat a lure while heading up the track for some bait fishing, was our only action. Than when I was just about to call wind up, another real nice one climbed on the left bait again. After some great action explosive runs and aerial performance we let the big girl go.

What a finish to a amazing 3 days, the boys were  blown away, and so was I.

2 over the number a 850lber a small 300lber and 3 other jump off of smaller fish.

Can this continue. Put some pictures up soon

Capt Bill


Another lizard tournament and another Grander. 21st October 2013

Hello folks

Just to wet your appetite hear is a few great shots of the last fish of the tournament I called it 850lb the Iona 11 boys were along side and my mate mustard got some shots thank Mustard.


Another Lizard Is Black Marlin Classic has been run and won. Congratulations to Capt Ross and the boys on Topshot. As for Viking 11 we had a wonderful tournament with the big fish again. Day 4 Heart break corner worked for me and a larger than large fish engulfed the bait, than her male companion also decided to have a feed, a double header one angler in the Chair and one  the stand up harness. Jim wild who was in the stand up gear with a 130lb chair rod lost he’s footing and the Rod hit the covering board so had to be disqualified, No point in wasting time so I told the boys to cut him off, so we could go after the big Girl. We tagged our 4th fish over 1000lb for the season and Rick Pollock’s first grander, so far we have had 4 charter groups and a member of each of these charter groups  has caught a grander. Ricks day was not finished and 2 hours later he was into another nice fish we called 850lb it was also tagged and released and gave as the daily award most fish tagged Day 4. We were back in the hunt.

Than our luck turned still finding the fish and getting the bites, everything that could go wrong did,  a big backlash from a crazy bite certainly had the frustration building, than I was amazed when I watched a another nice fish eat a tiny scad and somehow the circle hook missed its mark.

Our luck turned with only half an hour left to fish in the tournament. Another good fish great action on a big day as the shots contest, Jim wild got the 850lber in the pictures good to end on a high note gave us 5 for the tournament, but happy to be in the top 10%, we had a wonderful tournament and the big presentation night at lizard Is was one to remember, Thankyou to my great crew Westy and Carl and anglers Jim Wild and Rick Pollock. Out again this morning 25 knot trade wind should be fun.

Capt Billy Billson




13th October 2013 3rd charter 3rd Grander.


Hello folks

Well its been a interesting week to say the least, a motor shut down on the way back in from the last charter so a couple of days fishing on one engine, working back to cairns for repairs and a lost day in port while all strings were pulled to get a new high pressure fuel pump up from Brisbane, which somehow got lost in transport. No stress in this job.

Any rate all ended Ok and we were off very early the next morning, and I headed straight for the Ribbons. We managed only a 300lber on that day, the next day I had a feeling about No 8 Ribbon so I worked up there and gave it a solid day another small fish and a few marks keep my interest, but at 5 30 it was looking like the small fish was going to be it, Than it happened a truly very large fish left a whole in the Ocean as if a bomb had exploded on the stinger bait, Half an hour later we let a third grander for the season go this was the largest so far, and I had no Hesitation in calling it well over.

The Texas clients were amazed at how huge it was having only seen fish up to 750LB and they achieved what they travelled all this way for, the broken boat on the first few days was well forgotten.

On way at present to lizard Is, for the prestigious Lizard Island Black marlin Classic, Keep turned to see how we Go.

Capt Billy Billson





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First day of new charter, Dave Mcpherson, Brett Richards, Chris Yu, baits went in and another very large fish, instantly climbed on the big bait, again my call over 1000lb great jumps spectacular fight, and next to the boat little blacks around her everywhere all lit up what a sight, Dave Mcpherson’s third grander since fishing with me. the day was not over a 500lber and a small fish capped off a great day.

IMG_0946 Daves Fish



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Just finished a 5 day charter with the boys from private Boat JAG that they left home this season. Mick and Deano, we had a ball great fun guys, although the fishing was a little slow, luck was on the boys side, with a couple of small fish to wet the appetite on the third day we jumped off our first nice one for the season, the last day off the trip arrived and we got started, only 30 minutes into the day and a very large fish had a soft bite on the tuna, the second bite was a bit more aggressive and we came tight.

The true size of the fish was not realised, than she did a set of amazing jumps down the side of the boat, a real nice one I saw enough to make me believe that we were hooked up to our first Grander for the season, within 30 minutes we had this beautiful fish on the leader, a couple of great jumps on the leader, and she was released. Jubilation all round, Big Deano had caught his first grander and although a little out of breath, the smile was from ear to ear.

Than once we got set up again, I went back to my mark and again another nice fish jumped on, This time Mick was in the Chair and a solid 800lber was released, what a last day. The boys got into the celebration drinks, and myself and crew Westy and Carl joined them in Cooktown that night.