Mistress March/April Marlin Report

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14 year old Kyle Fletcher on his First Marlin in the Chair

The good fishing off the Gold Coast continued through March and April. We have been averaging one Blue Marlin per day, with the majority being around the 300lb mark. Our best fish, which we tagged was a beauty that we estimated as being in the order of 800lb.

There were two highlights during the period.  Firstly the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, who run Australia`s Gamefish Tagging program released the results for the 2010/2011 Season.

As is normally the case “Mistress” tagged more Blue Marlin than any other boat in Australian waters. We actually tagged more than 3 times as many as the second placed boat!!!

Our other big event was tagging a Striped Marlin for 14 year old Kyle Fletcher on the first occasion he had had the opportunity to fish Heavy Tackle using a Chair. Young Kyle has ridden along with us a few times during Tournaments.  He is a mad keen Fisherman and good to have on a boat as he helps clear gear, and takes the hand held video for us.  As a reward for his effort and enthusiasm we decided to give Kyle a day as Angler.  He didn`t let us down doing a really good job in the chair on a Striped around 170lb. The fish would have beaten the current Queensland Junior Record, but to his credit Kyle elected to Tag it. However, we did make a movie of him in action so he does have a permanent record of his achievement.

Also first time angler Vlad Puljich fishing on his 40th birthday caught and released a blue marlin of 450lb.  Congratulations Vlad on your first Marlin Tagged & Released and Happy Birthday.

The other news is that we now have a pair of Video recording Sunglasses on the boat.  Just amazing how good the video from these small cameras is these days.

We still have good time left during this year’s Cairns season, and if it`s as good as last year it will be a blinder.

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Barry Alty Top Release Black Marlin Angler 2011:TBF

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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

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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

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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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