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Another big fish but no Cigar

2ist September 2010.

Hello folks yesterday was a little slow untill around 2.30pm the Skipping Tuna got engulfed by a real nice fish, the bite was spectacular, The big fish after eating the tuna honed in on the swimming scad, and vertually chased it to the back of the boat all the time with a 6kg tuna already eaten. We finally came tight but after a short time the big fish put its head out and dislodged the tuna hook and all, Bugger!!!.

Pakula SPROCKET again gets eaten by Large fish.

20th September.

Fishing a little slower than our first. But we have had a hook up on another nice fish while travelling to another spot, Our Favourite big fish candy a Pakula Lumo sprocket did the job, But after a couple of outstanding first jumps the hooks fell out. Weather is beautiful now Hoping for some good shots today if we get lucky.

Hot water early and the big ones are here.

17th September 2010

Tim lonsdale first of 5 days was a cracker, Tim fished last year and you may remember that group Caught 2 over the 4 figures in a day, Tim came back as a loner this year, and again has already experienced what Cairns is famous for. I spoted the bite of a nice fish on the left bait, and it was so good to see, the circle hook caught the corner of the jaw, and after a great fight the nugget of the fish was released every one aboard was stoked as it was our first big fish for the season and on our 3 day of fishing.

Tim fished Both Azores and Madiera before comming hear and went 8 days without a bite, well as the day progressed we caught a small fish and towards the end the right rigger with the swimming scad came out of the clip like a arrow from a bow, another big fish started ripping up the ocean, and after 45 minutes I was looking at a fish alongside that had the length to be 4 figures I believe it was a bit lean from what I saw of the Jumpes so 950lb would be a safe call.

What a day the water is much hotter than normal for this time of year, and the water is purple and plenty of bait marking on my spots I love for the big ones keep tuned.

Capt Billy Billson


First two Days 6 bites

14th September 2010

Finished our first 2 days of the season With clients Diane and Brian lovely people. Plenty of small fish around to 300lb had 6 bites jumped a few off on the Heavy Tackle and caught 2, It was there first experience and they have already booked again 3 days next year, Dogtooth tuna, and  Spanish mackerel, while bait fishing also gave Di and Brian great entertainment. The water is looking brilliant current 1.5 knots to the south and plenty of yellowfin marking on the points, Great signs already.

We start again full on 17th September will go to No 10 and settle in for a look Client Tim Londsdale from the UK had a blinder up there last season.

Capt Billy Billson 

Good signs on first day of season.

13th September

Hello Again

No 5 Ribbon was my destination and after catching fresh Baits Scaleys, Scad, and rainbow runner, we were into it. Only 15 knots of South east put it was standingt up. After my first up sea run I called it 1.5 Knots to the south, purple water and plenty of Yellowfin marking on the points. It was not long before a small fish tried to eat my big bait, but took on more than it could handle, Than another fish ate the scad only small 150lb but it was our first fish for the season.

Two other bites and one that jumped off near the boat ended a good first day.

Capt Billy Billson 


Madness specials and Billy's Blue water workshop

Hello Folks.

Mad specials for Marlin fishing out of the Gold Coast at present. The Magnificent 46 ft Viking 11 full day charter for only $1650.00. Be quick while madness lasts.

Also Billson’s Bluewater workshop, 30th and 31st of January. A couple of vaccancies have become available out of Port Stephens $600.00 pp Go to web site for all details.      




5 over 1000lb two in a day!!! 14 over 800lb

Well hello to all those who keep checking if I am back with my blog. To be honest I have had some family issues and spending as much of my time as possible with them, over the school holidays. Let me get you tuned in.

My Giant black marlin season was a beauty, we caught 5 over 1000lb, two in one day, and 0ne that I called over 1100lb on a lure, the tally showed a total of 14 over 800lb and in the mid 60’s for total fish caught. Some very happy clients.

Had serious Camera problems as it got wet, but will improve next year with new camera and 2.8 70 200 lens.

I am back fishing on the Gold Coast with viking 11 and so far the season here has excellent, good numbers of Black marlin are showing up averaging 40kg but the odd fish around 130kg are also jumping on, giving the guys fishing 8 kg  a bit of a run for there money. The Blue marlin fishing is a little patchy, but still worth a run out to the wider grounds for a crack at a nice one.

I will be fishing 2 destinations this southern season, Port Stephens and the Gold Coast, Keeping the Viking on the coast and using the INYADREAMS at Port Stephens, have plenty of good time available so hope we can see you on board.

I have just returned from Port Stephens after doing a 3 day review on the new 55 ft Assegai Askari. What a boat, read all about it in a future issue of Bluewater magazine. The even forced me on a rod to Catch a Black Marlin, Rare in deed.

Ok that a quick catch up. they will now be more often, but family always comes first.





22nd November 2009 5th Grander for season.

Been very slack with the blog report, as you would know, Just getting a little tied.

Had a couple of days off with my family, who came up from the Gold Coast for a visit. It was a very pleasant couple of days. We started a new charter on the 19th with Steve and Jo Tatham and friends from WA, They have had a great trip so far with Tim Perry catching a grander, and Steve catching one also very close I called 950lb, with 2 other smaller fish as well, the group have exceeded all expectation. This makes our 5th fish for the season over the 4 figure mark, and with many other top end fish our season has been a special one. About a week to go now and its all over for another year, and looking forward to a break. 

14th November 2009 Another nice one for a new client.

Hello folks

Started with new clients, from Brisbane today. Scott Watson, and friends. I was going to troll lures up to Escape reef as the water on Linden Bank went off the day before. But after an hour of heading north, I had a feeling that things were changing, and a new run of good water was coming in. Should I stay or stick with the game plane.

I selected to give it another day on the bank, and it was the right call. Workiing just inside the wide trench at the top of the bank. We had 2 bites out of nice fish, one we jumped off, But the second stayed attached and with scott in the chair, The Viking 11 was in hot pursuit of another nice fish for our season, This one had a huge head and shoulders but very very short, so was released at 850lbs. Scott was still a very happy man and the boys who have only fished for small blacks and sails off Brisbane, could not believe the size of these creatures.  

11th November 2009 Back on the bank.

Hello Folks

Been a few days sinced my last blog, To be honest Just getting a little to tied some nights. Have been fishing Brent Morehouse for the last 5 days and averaging a fish a day, Today we had 4 bites on Opal Ridge and got 3 to 850lb, Brent is no newcommer to catching nice marlin having caught 3 up and over the 1000lb mark since he has been with me, in 9 years. He also reminds me that he has’nt missed catching a nice one in the 9 years he has been coming to the reef. Brent is from the states and loves Australia and the GBR.

I am getting quite excited as in 5 more days, or as my son Kai tells me 5 more sleeps I will be seeing my whole family for the first time in over 2 months. It will only be for 3 nights untill I go back out and do the last few weeks before heading home. Holly, My eldest daughter, Emmie- Rose, and Kai, and of cause the wonderfull Kimmy, will be staying in the Shangra la  hotel for a week, complements of the owners. The job does have some great perks. But being away from the family for so long is very hard and I miss them very much. This may not be a Marlin shot but means so much more to me .



7th November 2009,

Hello folks

Started new charter with regular Brent Morehouse, this morning. And Caught his first fish, only a small one by 300pm his second bite came soon after, and this was a nice one, But after severel attempts at crashing the bait and totally missing it , it gave up and left. God they Can be funny creatures some times. Little wind and rain at present.

Capt Billy 

Our Fouth Grander for the season.

Hello Folks

Yesterday was a special day. Beau Quok owner of the Shangri la Group of hotels Caught a special fish on a lure after a special fight. The fish eat a lumo Spocket, which was the same lure I have caught Many giants on. The biggest weighed being 1134 lb, This fish I feel was larger.

I did not see the bite, and the fish was wound to the boat as if a 15kg Wahoo, I good see the lure and a little bit of colour and called it a wahoo as the angle of light was playing tricks on me.

The so called wahoo took off, ripping line off the reel with 20kg of drag, and I started backing out to see chasing this 15kg Wahoo. 15 Minutes later a very large fat Marlin started jumping all over the ocean, Many times reassembling a blue marlins performance, It was a outstanding fight that left us all breathless, It was a serious battle and Beau did an outstanding job, the leader was taken after a solid hour of the most amazing big fish fight I have ever witnessed.

On the other matter, I do not make such comments without justification, and the grand poo Bah of the NSW Charter boat licencing Mr James found no record of the mentioned boats, Having a Charter boat licence to operate in NSW IN 2009.

As he pointed out to me all boats with a CFB No must display the number very visibly on the vessel, Or this vessel is deemed not to be a licenced NSW charter boat. Just as any commercial vessel. This No is to let the public and other operators know that the boat, is legal to operate in NSW. 

As for the legal action that I have been threatened with, bring it on!! 

I will not enter into the personal mud slinging that was seen on the other site, No one is perfect and yes I have regrets. The most important thing to me is not what certain boat operators think of me in this industry, But how my clients think of me, Mr Beau Kuok for example, and the other regulars who fill my boat up hear year after year, and have been doing so for 23 years now.  And I am only out hear supporting a family, and  at 52 that is the most important thing to me. I will not be drawn in to mention any of the Past history of one of the Capt’s of the boats in question, to compete with the mud slinging on me, But remember people who live in class houses should not throw stones.



What a bite. A grander good not have done better.

Hello Boys and Girls

Enjoying the soapy.

I will be taking a closer look at this as a whole. But to answer the question on my professionalism I have the owner of the Shangri La hotel group on board Mr Beau Kuok who has been with me for 8 years doing up to 2 large trips a year .

What impressed me the first time I fished with Bill was His attention to detail and his pursuit of excellence in everything he does. I have fished in many places in the world and on many charter boats and i have yet to find a better Captain than Bill. Over the years many of my friends have joined me on the Viking11 for very enjoyabletrips catching big Black Marlin and great bottom fishing,but what they all comment on is Bill’s focus on all aspects of his Boat,whether it be theCrew, all aspects of safety, engines,fishingequipment, quality of meals, or just having a swim. We have always had the most enjoyabletime especially as we all know that we are in the safe hands Of Bill , who will also find us nice Fish. I keep coming back because I know I am fishing with the Best. Next year’s trips have already been booked………….Beau Kuok.

3rd November 2009 Catching up.

Hello Folks

I know been a while since my last blog, Been up at Yonge Reef out of range but let me catch up. Firstly the Lizard Island Black marlin classic has been run and won. With Sharky Miles on the Mauna Kea, having a hot day on the 6th day, finding a nice little pod and getting 4 from 6 in 2.5 hours, And gave the boats in the hunt a little bit of a slap in the face .

Mauna keatook out Champion Boat with 11 tags, Spartacus runners up with 9 tags, and Joe Joe 8 tags, and Viking 11 with also 8 tags, Congratulations to the winners, and to Bob Low and his team for another outstanding Tournament.

One of the big Highlights of this tournament was the fact that, 10 fish over 1000lb were tagged and released.

My good friend Beau Quokand his lovely lady Ying, from The Shangra la hotel group, are back for their second trip of the season, this time doing a live aboard, Beau loves the livaboard deal withjust him and his lady, and plays second chief with his amazing abilities in the galley.

We always spend a big part of the day light tackle and bottom fishing, and sneekout for a few hours Heavy Tackle in the afternoon, we are loading up the freezers and have still managed to keep in touch with the marlin averaging 1 a day.


Had quite a few enquires as to why my Boat and a couple of others, get so little mention or not listed as the Cairns Charter fleet, on another Major fishing Blog. Well I am not in a position to speak for the other guys but hear is my side of the story, and happy to let it be known.

As many of you may not know, to legally operate a charter boat in NSW, you have to have a NSW Charter boat licence, these had to be obtained by showing history in the industry in NSW as the licences were capped at around 200. They did not issue them easily, and the other option was to purchase  a transferable Licence, at a considerable sum of around $20,000.

Being a Owner operator and 3 kids to support, It is easy to get frustrated when you find that operators who live in Queensland take there boats to NSW and operate and market themselves as being available for charter out of Port Stephens NSW, without the proper licensing and Documentation.

The boats in question are run by the father and fiance of the author of that other marlin blog,

In a industry that is hard enough to keep your head above water, when you are the Man who  also pays the Bills, I will not accept The fact that Charter boats, who are owned by wealthy owners who have employed full time Captain’s do operate illegally and are competition in a market place, that I have spent large somes of money to operate legally.

On my last trip to Port Stephens, I let the operator or one of these boats, That he should address the fact of becoming legal, and I was less than impressed with what he and his future father in law had done and were consistently doing.

In retaliation, I was removed from the mighty blackmarlinblog, by the wife to be, and of cause she finds great difficulty in having to mention Viking 11 on her blog.

As my Father well and truly drummed into me as a youngster, some things in life just can’t go unchecked. And I will never back away from expressing myself, and doing what is ever necessary to look after my family, and If I see the other businesses operating unfairly, and potentially taking food from my children’s mouths, I will be very happy to express my points of view, again!!!.

With close to 30 years in this industry, and a Client base and friends from every corner of the Globe, This foolish move in retaliation for my Honest and just comments, will only help my business in exposure, and let honest hard working people, in other lines of work know a true storey.

By all means do not stop tuning in to Kelly’s blog as she has much more time and skills, to keep you in touch with whats happening on a day to day basis. But you may have to click on another site to get the full story.

Looking forward to comments, and if Luke, Kelly, and Jim would like to discuss this further, I am always available.

PS. Should get the mobile phones ringing on the reef.

Capt Billy  



what he and his future father in



29th October 2009 Keeping in contention

Hello Folks

Well I made the call to run to Linden Bank this morning, and it payed off, in the first hour of fishing Jim wild in his 8th season to Cairns finally got a grander, Jim did a outstanding job, but was a little overwhelmed by adrenalin.  We had another 2 big fish bites but did not eat properly, but after a bit of luck in the last hour we got another 2 fish up to 400lb. This gives us 6 for the tournament and I think close to the pace.

3 More days to go, and it is very close. I will be asking for some special help from above Keep turned on todays results.

Capt Billy 

The monkey hopefully off the back

Hello Folks

After 2 days without a bite today, the monkey hopefully has left my back, the 3rd day of the tournament, we managed to catch 3 and get us on the board, The pace is 5 after the 3rd day so I need to pull a rabbit out of the hat to get in contention. The boats at the top of the ladder are Spartacus, Joe joe, Hatitude, Top shot, with 5 and 4 repectfully, then a few boat on 3 including ourselves. Today is a important day.


25TH October 2009 Lizard starts

Hello Folks

Before I start, I received a comment from my friend and crewmen on Castille Kenton Geer, and he informs me that the Captain who said the fish they were fighting a very large fish, had been sharked was misstaken, the fish was in good condition when released, Damed if I know how much missinformed information goes unround this industry, But I am glad to hear that what I was told was not the case. And good going to the boys on Castille.

Talking about Castille the first day of the Lizard tournament today, saws them blitz the fleet, with 3 tagged fish, out of a heap of bites, Plus one they called 950 lb. A great effort well done guy.

Boats with 2 fish for day 1, include Hattitude, Little Audry, and a number On one fish.

I had a shocker with out even a bit, Hoping for better luck today


22nd October 2009 Lizard time.


Hello Folks

Today we were hounded by the little fish to 300 lb, and with 3 bites could only manage to stay attached to one. Brian Shinkle ( Pictured after just releasing his first Cairns 1000lb Marlin ) Tim and John only have one more day with us, and our team for the Lizard Tournament Get aboard. I am hoping and praying for a good result, I will be keeping you informed with the daily results.

On another matter as you are aware the 21st of October  a nice flurry of big fish came into No 10 Ribbon. The boats Release, Watchdog, Viking 11, and Castille, Got amoungst the action with the big girls, after a telephone conversation with another Captain I was informed that unfortunately the fish that Castille was fighting a very large fish got sharked. We all hate when this happens as it is a poor result for all especially the fish.

But I am amazed that this fish is being talked about as a properly caught fish by the other Fishing blog, and the Capt,  If this is truly the case, the people involved  should find the nearest Mirror and have a good hard look at themselves.

Capt Billy Billson   

Big fish Bonanza 21st October 2009

The crew Peter and Wazza enjoy a beer after a great dayHello folks.

Well the flood gates opened yesterday and the big Girls came rolling in. We had a day to remember releasing two over the magic 1000lb figure, and jumping another fish off. The last big fish was released at 6:00 pm and the boys were jumping out of there skin. I witnessed the Watch dog also doing battle with a nice one, and in the distance could see other boats fighting big Girls, It was a day to remember for this season, and my new crewmen Peter Twiner leadered his first grander, and did a out standing job.

A few days ago I was complaining About not staying attached to big fish, these clients have now caught 1 over 900lb and 2 over 1000lb in 5 days fishing, and they still have 2 days to go.!!! 



20th October 2009 wind peaks at 38 knots.

Hello folks

The strong winds that have been on us for the last couple of days climaxed last night to 38 knots, anchor watches were put into place on the mothership, and the fishing day was looking a little doubtful.

But after the action we have been having the last few days, my clients were still keen to give it at least a couple of hours, so after a late lunch aboard the Mothership Atlantic Princess, at 13;30 the ropes were thrown and out we went.

Fortunately the wind was backing off, and it was’nt any worst than the day before, we managed 3 bites and caught a 400lber and jumped two similar size fish off. It was hard work for the crew down below and my clients really apreciated the effort.

The winds will lay off in the next couple of days, and the fishing will now be more consistent after the blow. 

Capt Billy

Our fish ar getting Bigger. 19TH October 2009.

Hello Boys and Girls

Well yesterday I was conmplaining that we could not attached to the big ones, need to have a winge more often asthe monkey jumbed off my back and we caught a nice one 900lb, the fish was as hot as you could imagine and gave us some mighty jumps on the leader, we also caught another 400lber and had 3 other bites not bad in only 4 hours of Marlin fishing.


The wind is still blowing the tops off 30knots and for those taking it on the action is hot, although I am not sure if my team will be to keen tomorrow after celerbrating their great day. 

Wind Blows again and the fishing goes insane

                         17th October 2009.

Hello Boys and Girls Greetings from a Windy No 10 ribbon Reef, Great day today the extra wind has bought the fish on the chew big time, we had 6 bites pulled the hook out of a big one and caught 2 around 400lb. We have had a few very big fish bites this season and must be getting close to our number comming up soon. We are only fishing half days as the clients are enjoying the Mothership in the mornings

17th October 2009 Still mothership luxuary and consistant fishing

Hello folks

Been a little time since my last report, had a bit on with keeping the operation functioning, Our second group of clients for the Atlantic Princess arrived by seaplane today, been a while since I have had clients arrive this way, It was quit common in the early years but due to excessive insurance primeiums, it is quite expensive. But my new clients wanted to experience the sights of the GBR from above. Only one fish for our first of seven days, But it jumped on in the first 5 minutes on a lure and gave a great performance, a solid day on No ten Ribbon failed to produce another bite. The rest of the fleet are also getting amoungst the fish with some nice ones being logged Tim Dean on Calypso let do one on the number, and I heard of another big fish from the bank .

More tomorow folks 


12th October 2009 The frustration of marlin fishing some days

Hello Again

5 bites one really big fish, and lost them all. But logic says that if you can lose one you can lose 5, the luck factor comes into it. And all this action happened in just I hour. Other reports up and down the reef were mixed but Good friend Peter B wright on the Sea baby IV has had to excellent days with a 900lber a 800lber and a 400lber and than followed up with a fish over 1000 lb the next day, Now thats what we call on fire.

More tomorow, have to go and catch some Red emperor


10th October 2009 The wind she blows and the fishing goes OFF

Hello folks

What place in the world could you set down to lunch in luxuary behind the reef, on a mothership, enjoying Asian green salad and baked lamb cutlets, observing the marlin boats outside the reef fishing, and 30 minutes later have a fish around 1000lb chasing the bait you had just put in the water.

Well thats was the start of our day yesterday, with the taste of a georgeous lunch still on our lips we had a big fish up straight away, that crashed the bait but did not hook up. 3 minutes later we had her male companion hooked up and was released at 200lb, and than 10 minutes later another monster appeared and again no hook up. The big fish were just running with the baits in there mouths and not eating.

Two big fish bites and a small fish caught in half an hour, I also observed 2 other boats hooked up around me, One hour later  we released a 800 lber, which made the new team extreamly happy with their first day.

The first strong wind warning for the season had also bought in some nice fish to the edge, and after a chat with Capt Corey Hard on the VHF, who was fishing nearby, the reality that were were about to enter a hot bite of big fish was starting to sink in.


8th October 2009 Finally a nice one

Hello Beautiful people

We worked down from No 10 to the middle grounds yesterday and spent a couple of hours catching huge spanish mackerel on live scad at top of No 7. We fished down to top of No 5 and worked it for the rest of Day Finally a nice fish appeared behind the scad bait, with a couple of male companions. The nice fish had no trouble in engulfing the scad and young Jake was hooked up to this black beauty, the fish gave a great performance, and was released, at 750 800lb. The baits went out again and almost straight away a bivgger fish came in and looked like it would eat for sure, when a large wahoo came in and won the race to the Dinner table. Another raft up with Iona 11 and socialising with friends and clients will known angler Jon Paul Richard from FRENCH LOOK fame,

My buddy’s from sydney Neil and Jake francis who bought up there own boat DEALNE this year to the reef, are having a ball and have already caught a 800 and 900lber with Capt Tiger at the helm, Linden bank was the hot spot.

It is my last day today, of this 7 day charter, and hoping for a grander to make a great trip even greater, than onto the Mothership Alantic Princess for 14 days, 7 With Beau Quok his father and companions, regulars and Grand Poo bah’s of the Shangra lai chain of hotels, and 7 with new clients Brian Shingle and friends from the states. It will be a nice break from the liveaboard programe for us.


6th October 2009 The fish are getting bigger

Hello Folks

Young Robert caught his second black marlin today, around 550 600lb, were still fishing No 10 and with the tides and moon swinging around to a more positive look, I am confident that we will be in the thick of things shortly, We have been averaging a couple of bites a day, and a fish a day, Still waiting for our first real nice one but every day it is getting closer. 

3rd October 2009 yes its going to be as expected a cracker season

Hello Boys and girls

Reports up and down the reef, are very impressive, Linden bank is on fire with most boats getting amoungst the fish including  small trailer boats.

40 miles from Cairns and even if you’re on a day trip or overnighter, a popular destination.  Capt. Jared pointed Shaka to find a big girl that was released at 950lbirst ever black marlin. Picture of Ant on the leader with the big girl, estimated at 950lbs. The fish was released in great shape after a 35 minute fight. 

 Capt. Tiger ( Allan Giel )is driving my good friend Neil Francis and son Jake, Private 40ft Carribean Dealne which they have bought all the way up from Sydney to fish the reef, and are having a ball. The 800lber the boys caught yesterday is the biggest the boys have ever see.  Askari finished their reef fishing trip Thursday bagging out on coral trout and red emperor, and the guys were glad to head out to the Bank for some marlin fishing Friday, raising three and pulling the hooks on one after 5 minutes.

 The Force  a early 40ft assagai is in town with new owners and friends , Doug and Deb from Port Stephens and as crew Zacattack lure maker Mario Zac, and it has not forgotten how to raise fish going one from one est. at 300lbs on their first day on the Bank.

There is no shortage of fish up the top end as well, With boats reporting seeing allot of tailers, In our first 15 minutes of fishing we hooked up on a nice one but pulled the hook. We thought it was the sign of many more bites for the day, but we avoided them for the rest of the day.





3rd October 2009 The big guns are back out

Hello Again

Started are first day of a 7 day Charter with Robert and Denise and their 2 sons. Robert was on the reef way back in 1981 and decided to return now he is retired and bring good friend Denise and there 2 boys. We fished No 10 ribbon and Caught the boys there first ever black Marlin, a 300 lber and a 500lber I also marked plenty of other fish and will be back at the same spot today, congradulations to Jake and Bob.

2nd October 2009 No world record but great fishing

Hello folks

Well moto has finished his charter, looking for a 700lber for eight kilo, but no cigar, we raised 10 fish on the teasers all eat the  hookless  baits, But nothing over 400lb. Moto attempted to get the blacks to eat a minow popper but they coud’nt be fooled, He was very satisfied with the amount of fish he saw. Catch up more tomorrow.