More Mako Marlin Madness

Story by Sam Hitzke

Well it seems like everyone has been getting stuck into the billfish off south east QLD this season, with reports from mates and even mates of mates filtering through my email and mobile phone almost monotonously. For the majority of it I have been forced to sit back and watch in jealousy from my donga in the Western Australian Pilbara, or on the two occasions I managed to be at home with a window of opportunity, feel content with not much more than a great day on the water after 0-0-0 results. With the Australia day long weekend looming I was hopeful to get another shot.

The weather report was marginal at best with an un-boating friendly 15-20kn wind and 2m swells sure to put some spray across the bow of good friend Troy’s prized vessel, the ‘Ken Oath’, but on the positive side, the sun was shining and we all know fortune favours the brave. The scattered cloud but bright sunny conditions also presented the perfect opportunity to test out the blue mirror, G1HR6 lens in the GT Frame. This stylish and functional pair of sunglasses is perfect for this style of fishing with the brown lens base allowing great visibility through the water.

As it turned out, it was a cracker of a day, mainly due to the fact that we had the spot completely to ourselves. Wall to wall bait light up on the Lowrance with dolphins and birds feeding everywhere indicating it was looking good!

"Seeing those big silver flanks lit up with an electric blue hue through the sparkling water is something I won't forget for a long time."

We managed to land 5 from 6 hook ups on black marlin on live baits with two of the bigger fish being in the 80kg and 50kg bracket. Great sized compared with the average we’d heard about previously. I couldn’t have been happier to finally chalk up my first marlin and even back it up with a couple more! Seeing those big silver flanks lit up with an electric blue hue through the sparkling water is something I won't forget for a long time.

To top the day off we even had a visit from a very energetic 2.5m hammerhead which ate a livebait right at the boat.  Well worth the hammering we got on the slow trip back to the sea way, you’ve got to be keen!

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