The Blue Marlin fishery off the Gold Coast was only “discovered” in the mid 1980`s. Prior to that Anglers were catching Juvenile Black Marlin (Little Blacks), and Sailfish in prolific numbers just offshore and never ventured “wide”.
At the edge of the Continental Shelf (ie the 100 fathom line) 20 miles offshore there is now proven to be good numbers of Blue Marlin averaging 300lb to 500lb. There are bigger fish present and an 836lb fish has been weighed, and at least two fish reliably called at well over 1000lbs has been lost.
Over 10 years fishing these grounds “Mistress” averages one fish released per day which is quite a high average by comparison with most Blue Marlin fisheries; i.e. Bermuda, Bahamas, Hawaii.
Mistress is renowned as the east coast’s most successful Blue Marlin boat, releasing more blues than any other boat over the last 10 years. Our best day was one in which we Tagged 11 Blue Marlin.10 to one Angler—, and we stopped fishing at 3.30pm. Imagine what we may have caught had we stayed out till dark. Nevertheless “Mistress“ still set the new Australian one boat, and one angler, one day records which we had previously set with 6, but which had been equaled.
We generally fish lures in this fishery, as this has proven the most productive method, and use either 80lb, or 130lb which gives us a decent chance at landing a truly big Blue. The biggest Blue Marlin caught off the Gold Coast is an impressive 836lb but fish reliably called at over 1000lbs have been lost.
The nature of the fishery is such that we are day tripping as there is nowhere to stay out on the fishing grounds. However Live aboards are possible in the sheltered Broadwater (Equivalent of the Intercoastal) each night and travel out to the grounds again the following morning. We have the ability to move with the Blue Marlin travelling to other ports on extended live aboard charters.
We fish with either 80 or 130 lb at the charterers request although 130lb is recommended in case Big Julie appears.