Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Blue Marlin Finally Make Trip Worthwhile

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Blue Marlin Finally Make Trip Worthwhile

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Byline: Rick O'Ferrall FromtheFlybridge.com

LATE last week a couple of game boats went out to see if the rumours about clear tropical water flooding down the coast were true. It had been a while since anybody had bothered to go really wide beyond the continental shelf, because we just kept running into that same ocean full of the green summer floodwater that Iave been complaining about for weeks.

But last week it was different, and the boats that went out found real blue water, and in it, blue marlin. That was all that was needed to fire up a lot of interest, and so it was that a large fleet of big game boats went out at dawn on Saturday into a gorgeous sunrise and really fantastic fishing conditions.

The marlin came early, with the first fish, a black marlin, tagged before 8:30 by Foreign Exchange. This was a fairly significant marlin for several reasons, the first being that it was the 200th billfish caught by the Solitary Islands club since its formation a bit over three years ago. It was also the first marlin caught by first-time game fisherman Brian May, who after trying all kinds of other fishing, decided that head better see what game fishing was about.

Brian was one of those incredibly lucky anglers who tries game fishing for the first time and gets a marlin on his first go a others often wait patiently weeks or months for that to happen. Thatas not all the story though, because after releasing the fish, Brian got straight onto the internet, found a horse running that day called aHookeda, placed a quick few bucks on it, and it came in second and paid him a bonus.... who is this guy?

After that, marlin hook-ups came at a steady pace, with Black N Blue, Better than Vegas, Pheel the Bite, Sea Goddess, Triton, and Wicked Weasel all getting fish into their lure spread, most of which were tagged.

The fish were generally pretty wide, but it was no trouble getting out to where they were in the welcome calm seas. After a summer of really poor conditions out there, the warm blue water and very low swell were a welcome sight, and even though some boats didnat drive over any big fish, it was simply one of those days where it was great to be alive, and great to be fishing. …

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