PERFECT PORT STEPHENS
Port Stephens is a unique location that is fast becoming one of the world’s hottest marlin fishing
destinations as Al McGlashan reports.
The skip baits had barely hit the water before we got the bite. The striped marlin materialised out of the blue to meet the bait almost as soon as we put it in the rigger. For a split second the marlin watched the bait as if a little bit suspicious and then suddenly lit up neon blue and promptly smashed it.
The line snapped free of the outrigger and the Tiagra screamed with the first hook up of the day. As I set to work on the fish the other skip bait went off. A double hook up, but what made it all the better was the fact that it was a black and a striped marlin!
This was the start of a hot days fishing where we tallied up six fish, four stripies and two blacks and then topped it off missing a blue late in the day. What made it all the more impressive was the fact that there were nearly a hundred boats around us and they were all hooking up. We were not fishing some exotic locale miles from anywhere instead we were fishing Port Stephens on the New South Wales mid north coast.
Two years ago the currents were perfect and the fish snapped their heads off not for a couple of days as is so often the case but for weeks. I was meant to be filming Big Fish Small Boats but I couldn’t help myself and kept marlin fishing day after day. In the space of 13 days we tallied 40 fish on board Strikezone, it was the most amazing fishing I have ever witnessed and best of all it was dead flat calm every day.