Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Juvenile Black Marlin Arrive off the Coffs Coast

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Juvenile Black Marlin Arrive off the Coffs Coast

Article excerpt

IT'S been a long time between drinks for Solitary Islands Game Fishing Club members.

A succession of dreadful weather forecasts wiped out competition until last Saturday dawned sunny with a light southerly breeze.

Eight enthusiastic boats logged on with three club boats away in Port Macquarie at the Golden Lure tournament.

Juvenile black marlin were about in numbers inshore, shadowing the slimy mackerel bait schools at the Wide Bait Ground and elsewhere.

She's A Dream, skippered by Bill Reider, fished a bit wider and had the best of it with a double header of striped marlin to start.

While one fell off, Aaron Bevan was able to get the second to the boat for a successful tag and release.

Double headers with just two people on board can create a lot of headaches.

They raised another striped that only wanted to watch the lures and then Aaron tagged a black marlin late in the afternoon to round out a very successful day.

Better Than Vegas lost a striped marlin before Lauren Peake took a tasty 21kg wahoo and Matt Cole snared an 80kg striped marlin at North Canyons. …

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