Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

News from the Flybridge Coffs Harbour Game Fishing Club

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

News from the Flybridge Coffs Harbour Game Fishing Club

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LAST week finally settled down and eager anglers took advantage of the moment to get amongst it.

A Frayed Knot skipper Tom Langley ventured out alone, spreading the usual pattern of five lures. Inshore the winds picked up to around 40 knots, so he headed out beyond.

The team on Obsession were also on the briny, enjoying a brilliant day of action. Skipper Chris Bramley found good waters and although it was blowing 10-15 knots there was action aplenty all day. The first hit of six came early but not before the lines were wahooed.

Taking off 700 metres of string on the first run before the hard work for Matt Munro began. It flew across the pattern in the air and then it went down. He pumped the reel and worked hard whilst Steve Bailey and the team cleared the deck. After about half an hour they tagged a brilliant Blue Marlin around 150kg.

Throughout the day Lee Bramley and Matt hooked onto five good fish. Lee took control of a nice Blue Marlin and quickly brought it in for tag. Another Blue strike and the fanciful fish took 750-800 metres off. With only the bottom eighth of the line left on the reel, for whatever reason, the line went loose, it spat the lure and the fish disappeared. Not a bad day of 6 hits, 5 hook-ups and 2 tags.

Meanwhile, Tom (Bananas) was working hard, too. Orchestrating his voyage alone, he was driving the boat, finding the fish, taking strikes, clearing the deck of four other lines and still managing to reel in, trace his fish. A gigantic effort and congratulations all round for his eventual tag of a fantastic Blue Marlin around 150kg.

Next day Dark Side skipper Norm Dark, with Paul and Nick Edwards on board, was zoned in to get young Nick on a marlin. Norm couldn't find any bait/bird activity in close but there were good pods of dolphins.

So he headed further out where the water looked better and there was more bird life. The outrigger cracked and thinking it was a smallish Yellowfin, Nick hopped onto the rod. Once the deck was cleared, skipper reversed up a little to give Nick some slack. The line then carved through the water at a rapid pace. …

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