Fishing with heff
IT’S been a big week for game fishing. With the last of the reef closures cutting out five days of reports it has been left to the big boys with their big toys to provide the action. From all accounts the marlin fishing is forging towards one of its best ever seasons from over the past two decades with colossal reports filtering through from the fleets. Big Fish has been the order of the day with most operations experiencing at least one or two if not more 1000lb fish over the last week and a bit. As expected the Ribbon Reefs further north shut down with dirty water at the end of last week and the hot spots quickly turned to the Opal Ridge and Linden Bank which is offering far better conditions and a hot bite.
My business Fishing Port Douglas was privy to host the Caltex (in-house) Port Douglas Marlin Challenge very recently with six of the biggest and best game boats on the east coast to compete over three days which involved luxury mother shipping as well. With 25 business executive business men and women including celebrities Super V8 Super Car Champion and ranked in Australia’s Top 10 champion sports people Craig Lowndes and Rugby Legend and extraordinaire Mark Ella, the fishing proved to be extremely good. As it eventuated Craig cranked himself a 750lb screamer and Mark nailed a 350lb stallion during the course of the event. Overall 13 marlin were registered with the biggest conservatively called at 950lb but could have grown a few more pounds if it truly revealed itself at a very intense and dangerous encounter at the back of the Reel Chase vessel.
Today is the start of the Port Douglas Marlin Challenge (which should have received more appropriate coverage in this paper previously and from other local tourism bodies in my opinion) as it is a major event on the Port Douglas calendar and is a Formula One event in FNQ attracting the best in the business. Conditions will be blowy and challenging to start with the winds up but they should abate and the days go by in the four-day tournament. It will finish up Sunday evening with a big party and presentation down on the marina boardwalk with hopefully plenty of big fishy tales to tell. I’ll be officiating the tournament on the water as the event director and have decided to enter the event as an angler as well – see how we go.
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