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Striped marlin fever off Newcastle!!

February 15th, 2012

Stripeys on fire off Newcastle!

February 15th, 2012

Yesterday was a cracker of a day with Lifestyle Channel’s Fishing Addiction crew on board hosted by Mark Berg. The surprise fishing guest for the show Tahnee Pike caught 3 striped marlin, we even had Mark Berg on the reel catching a striped marlin as well, even the camera man got the opportunity to catch one as well. 5 striped marlin from 8 yesterday for Capt AJ & the Iona II crew. Check out Rhino’s youtube footage ………………..

Time to update!!

February 14th, 2012

Sorry guys for the lack of updates but we keep the FB page regularly updated these days. Capt AJ, Rhino, Mustard & anglers Scott Baker & crew took out the champion boat & champion angler in the capture division of the Port Macquarie Golden Lure Tournament! Woohoo!!! Congrats to Scott Baker and the Iona II team. We also won ladies day with Leanne Wilson catching a 250lb blue marlin, congrats to Leanne . We had a blue marlin on for 3 1/2 hours on the last day & lost it unfortunately. Because we had the blue on for this time we didn’t have the chance to target the tag & release divsion but we are more than happy to have won the capture boat & champion angler & ladies day great going guys. 4 days fishing 9 blues & 1 striped marlin.

We also fished the Lake Macquarie Big Fish Bonanza & won champion female angler in the capture division congrats to Amanda Cromaty on her capture of a 94.5kg blue marlin. We also won heaviest marlin for the tournament. Congrats to Capt AJ & the Iona II Team.

For those who missed it there was an episode on board Iona II for Mark Berg’s Fishing addiction on the Lifestyle channel which was filmed over 3 days. The show was awesome with some great footage & really put Newcastle on the map as a world class marlin fishing destination. Well done & thanks to Mark Berg for a great episode.

He is out again today filming on board the Iona II he has surprised a female fishing enthusiast from Charlestown Tahnee Pike. Capt AJ has had a striped marlin up that wouldn’t eat & caught another striped marlin for Tahnee. Stay tuned for the day’s updates……..

Port Macquarie Gold Lure Tournament Iona II in the lead!!

January 12th, 2012

We started fishing the Port Macquarie Golden Lure Tournament last Saturday with local Port angler Scott Baker & his mates. On the first day we caught 7 weighed a 402lb blue marlin on 24kg (nice fish) for Scott putting us in the lead for the capture division of the tournament.

On the Sunday the 2nday of the tournament Capt AJ put himself in the running also for the tag & release divison by tagging a striped marlin on 30lb. We caught & weighed another blue marlin for Scott that went 270lb. This brought us to the lead in both divisions of capture & tag & release woot woot! Also leading champion boat & male angler. Way to go Capt AJ & the Iona II Team.

Monday was a lay day. Tuesday was ladies day & we even took out ladies day for female angler Leanne Willson a fiesty blue marlin caught on 50lb that weighed in at 250lb. Congrats to Leanne as she put up a good fight. Well done!

Wednesday another lay day & today was cancelled due to the weather.

One day left of the tournament tomorrow with Iona II in the lead in capture & tag & release a feat not achieved in 28 years!! Bring on tomorrow! Good luck Capt AJ & the Iona II crew & Scott Baker. Stay tuned for our results of the day tomorrow……

Rhino’s 1st video of the Newcastle/Port Stephens Season!

January 6th, 2012

Awesome start to the Newcastle Port Stephens Season !

January 6th, 2012

Happy New Year to all our fish friends from Capt AJ, Rhino & Mustard. Well we started the Newcastle/Port Stephens Season on Monday with US client John & his wife a few friends. A cracker of a start to the season raising 21 fish in the last 3 days, 19 striped marlin & 2 blue, 3 double headers & a triple header! Tuesday we caught 9 marlin, 8 striped marlin & a blue marlin, Wednesday 1 from 1 striped marlin & Thursday 2 striped marlin from 5 one was a blue. The highlight of the day yesterday after super chef Rhino prepared a toasted sandwich for Capt AJ when he was just about to eat it he got ambushed by a pack of striped marlin. Hooking one of them he looked over the side & there was another striped marlin eating his toasted sandwich lol! With the other stripey hooked & jumping around the ocean Capt AJ reversed up to the sandwich eating stripey & fed it a pitch bait which he took! Hilarious!

Awesome start to the Newcastle/Port Stephens Season! Way to go team Iona II. Check out Rhino’s great footage on youtube above!

Fishing Addiction crew on board Iona II filming and episode!

February 17th, 2011

Capt AJ & Capt Trent have the crew from the Lifestyles channel fishing show Fishing Addiction on board for 3 days. The first day, Tuesday, Capt AJ headed out and caught a 60kg striped marlin. The film crew got some excellent above & below the water footage. We also had a nice blue marlin on that jumped through the line unfortuantely and lost a black marlin in the afternoon.

Yesterday Capt Trent took the film crew out & caught a black marlin. The guy that was angling was surprised by the show with this trip & because he caught a striped & black marlin he receives $5000 in tackle, not bad for 2 marlin. Today is the last day of their charter with Capt Trent at the helm again. Stay tuned for the day’s results. And also stay tuned to Lifestyle channel, we will let you know when it goes to air!!

Iona II takes out Champion Boat in the Lake Macquarie Big Fish Bonanza!

February 7th, 2011

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.

Amanda Cromarty Champion Female Angler

Amanda Cromarty Champion Female Angler

A Blue Day for the Boys!

January 23rd, 2011

We had some great guys on board yesterday but a very frustrating day! We had 2 blue marlin on & a striped marlin & lost all 3! We also raised another blue marlin. But good to know the blues have showed up off Newcastle.

We are out again today with some old footy mates lets hope we can keep the hooks in them!

First Striped Marlin for the Season

January 22nd, 2011


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