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Barry Alty Top Release Black Marlin Angler 2011:TBF


The Billfish Foundation has released it’s winner for 2011.  Mistress‘ Barry Alty has won the Top Angler Black Marlin for the Pacific Ocean, once again! Captain Brett Alty has put Barry on to the Giant Black Marlin in Cairns in large numbers.  All of the black marlin released by Barry this year were in the Cairns Giant Black Marlin fishery, with two of the Black Marlin estimated to be over 1000lb.  Congratulations to Barry and the Team on Mistress: Captain Brett Alty and crew Jonathan Lawrence and Rodney Van Der Heide.

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All Tackle All Species Tournament – March 3-4


Mistress fished the Surfers Paradise All tackle Tournament on 3/4 March. The weather was ordinary and 31 boats fished.

The winning boat got 2 blue marlin. On board Mistress, we were one of 7 boats that tagged one.

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Blue Bonanza


We arrived back on the Gold Coast after the Cairns Season the first week in December. After a couple of weeks cleaning up the boat and attending to minor maintenance issues we started fishing for Blue Marlin on 13th Dec.

On our first day out we went 2 from 2, both on lures which is our usual method of fishing for Blue Marlin. We thought that was pretty good. In Dec/Jan we did a total of 11 days fishing for Blue Marlin and got 10. What was interesting was that 3 of our first 5 fish were 450, 450, and 550lbs respectively. This seemed to indicate that we might have some big fish around this year and that was borne out when another boat weighed one at 836lb!

We fished the Gold Coast Tournament in January. Around 34 boats entered. The winning boat got 3, and we were among four boats with 2. Unfortunately we wound up 4th on a time count back.

The current has been raging at up to 3knts and we are finding that there are marlin over quite a wide area, rather than being concentrated in one spot which often seems to be the case when there is less current.

Nevertheless we are not in peak Blue Marlin period yet and the season is already looking like one of the best for years.

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