Cairns’ Poulters acknowledged as marlin kings
TWO Cairns fishing gurus look forward to adding even more to their trophy cabinet after earning international acclaim for their prowess.
Sharon and Paul Poulter form a formidable team on the water, particularly when chasing the coveted black marlin.
After a bumper 2015, the pair was recently crowned the most successful Pacific black marlin fishing duo in the world.
At the Billfish Foundation’s 2015 International Tag and Release Awards in Florida, US, Mrs Poulter was named top release angler for Pacific black marlin, while her husband was dubbed top release captain.
From November 2014 to October 2015 the pair caught and released 16 Pacific black marlins on their boat, Think Big.
Despite their success Mrs Poulter, who has been fishing for 25 years, said the awards came as a surprise. WITH this rain and the wind stirring up things up, it’s all a bit dirty in the water column. So make sure your bait is optimal – use live bait such as mullet or prawns, says Harry Walker at Nautical Marine Sales. Mullet in the 5-10 cm range would do well, especially if you’re hoping to hook a good size barramundi. “They have a huge mouth on them,” says Harry.
“Usually they go to charter boat operators, so it was a bit of a shock,” she said. “Fishing is a team sport, so luckily Paul loves finding the marlin and I like catching them.”
Mrs Poulter said the biggest Pacific black marlin they caught weighed about 430kg, which was reeled in during last year’s Port Douglas Marlin Challenge.
But Mr Poulter said a 385kg marlin, caught during the 2013 Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic, was their most memorable to date.
“The winds were high at about 30 knots, and it was one of the liveliest black marlins I I’M from Surrey in England and have been living in Port for about four months.
I used to fly fish in England but here it’s mostly just bait and lures, as far as I’m aware.
The best fish I have caught was just before I came out to Australia. It was at a place called Devers Springs.
There are two small lakes there, with clear water – you can sort of stalk the fish, with a fly.
It’s great, you get them interested and go for it.
Me and my dad used to try to go down there as much as we could.
In the first couple of hours -- we were there from 12 till 8 at night – I caught a five or six pound trout. Quite nice. That was the only catch of the day and I was pretty pleased with it. It wasn’t easy.
The fish just weren’t really interested that day. I was using a fly and changed over to a damsel and that seemed to do the trick.
Just after I changed the fly this fish went past me.
I watched it come back and come around so I put it just in front of him.
Every time I saw him come around it was pretty exciting.
Then he took it and that was that.
I took it home and ate it. have ever seen,” he said.
“We took about 30 minutes to bring it in, but it was going like a racehorse.
When we finally tagged it we were both pretty well stunned, and just as we went to release the marlin it jumped one last time and snapped the rod in two.”