Cairns’ Poul­ters ac­knowl­edged as mar­lin kings

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Ja­son Alce

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.”

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