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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


2008 Major Refit of Viking 11

Well I have a bit of news, and to be honest after 25 years af being a sport and game fishing boat Captain I was thinking about a change, But I can’t do it, I love it to much. I have recently come out of Hospital, sorting out some health issues, and very happy to say all is good, and  that I am feeling very motivated. I have decided to repower the mighty Viking 11 with new engines and give her a big birthday. Told you I was feeling Motivated, and set my goals for another 10 years at least in the industry. The re-power will not only give the Viking 11 a new lease on life, but myself included.

I have decided on Cummings QSM11 Engines at 600hp which should give her a 25kt cruise, and a much better fuel burn with the common rail engineering. It is all starting after the Sanctuary Cove Boat show.

I am going to document  the whole programe on my Blog so keep in tune Their will be plenty to lean for those thinking about a re-power. I will also be letting you all know why have decided on certain products.