Capt AJ & team Iona II take out Champion Boat in the capture division for the 2nd year running. We also took out champion female angler, congratulations to Amanda Cromarty & congrats to Capt AJ, Rhino, Mustard & the Iona II team. Well done! And we only fished one day due to Capt AJ’s work call to FNQ in the aftermath of cyclone Yasi.
What a day, we started fishing at 7am on Saturday morning we had our first bite out of a juvenille black marlin then got a bite out of a very active wild striped marlin that nearly jumped into the boat of Born Free with Capt Tim Dean at the helm. Instead the fish decided to go under Born Free & Capt Tim was hooked up at the same time!! His fish went deep & at one stage Tim & I were 50m from each other and his fish was under the Iona II! Tim wasn’t in a position to go anywhere so the Iona II was forced to roar off at 22knots with black smoke billowing chasing our striped marlin which was amazingly still on and to get out of the way of the Born Free! Once we were away the stripey was back up on the surface jumping around like crazy and decided to head back towards Tim. By this stage there were other boats moving in to see what was going on the stripey headed towards the Ningaloo, then with the engines roaring the stripey turned thank god & like a typical striped marlin on a light line it was up on the surface gliding down sea heading towards Port Stephens! We eventually got a gaff shot and got the stripey on board along with a cockpit of water!!
5 minutes after we boated the stripey we had a double header on but because of the chaos of boating the fish & the fish being on the deck & the hangovers the anglers were nursing we lost both fish!! After all the action we had a bite late in the afternoon.
Well done to Capt AJ & the Iona II team 2nd year running Champion Boat in the Big Fish Bonanza Lake Macquarie.
Champion Boat Tag & Release went to Capt Tim Dean & the Born Free.