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    Posted: 28/Feb/2018 at 8:18pm

Ambition report 26th. February'18
At present there is a Port Stephens Marlin frenzy going on.

The inshore fishing for the small Blacks hasn't really taken off being more of a day to day proposition. However it's more than made up for by the good numbers of larger Marlin further out.

At the well known 'Car Park' all three species of Marlin ( Blues, Blacks and Stripes ) are feeding in numbers on the schools of mackerel present. It is frustrating when using 10 or 15 kg. line for Striped and Black Marlin only to hook a rampaging Blue. I can't give actual numbers but over the last two tournament weekends every boat saw action but the local boats doing exceptionally well tagging up to and over ten a day. For more information on results go to the 'NSWGFA' and 'Newcastle Port Stephens Game Fishing Club' web sites.

Wide of the 'Car Park' and mostly trolling lures around the shelf you will find more Striped Marlin as well as Blues and Blacks. As you move wider towards the thousand fathom line which is as far as I went, there are bait and birds working and masses of flying fish. I trolled out wide using my favourite lures as you all probably know and found schools of Striped tuna and if you're lucky, some very good Yellowfin tuna. I managed a couple going 69 and 59 kilo's coincidentally both took the 'Brad J' bullet on the shotgun position. There are Blue Marlin both small and large but you won't know what size will hit next ; the most exciting kind of fishing.

The Marlin build up hasn't just happened over night but built over the last few weeks. I first encountered the increasing numbers of Marlin wide and North of the Port. In one day of trolling when I had twelve strikes and as I previously posted ten of them were on that 'Brad J' bullet.

The Blues are in numbers that I have never even heard of before, other than off the Gold Coast. This all bodes well for Sydney in the coming months. March and April and even into May is when the biggest fish ( Marlin etc. ) are caught down here. So, if what is happening at Port Stephens now continues moving down the coast with the currents we could be in for a bonanza.

Ambition report 12th. February'18

I have just come back from three days at Port Stephens Game Fishing. No two days were the same and each presented its own challenges. However with perseverance the rewards were there too.

On Friday I took Matty and his friends out on what was a less than comfortable day. In fact downright uncomfortable but we persevered and finally reached the shelf. There was good bait almost to the surface and a few boats working it. We soon had enough bait to get us going. I thought it was too rough to skip bait so I went with trolling live bait. It didn't take long for our first hit and after nearly drowning the poor angler backing up, tagged a Striped Marlin.

The baits were put out again and even before we had all the baits out we had another hit, this was looking good. The elation didn't last long however, when we got a sighting of the fish we saw it was a Whaler around 2 metres long. The worst of it though was that it was accompanied by about twenty others. That set the scene for the rest of the day and we ended up tagging four Marlin and two sharks, losing another four Marlin probably to sharks and being bitten off about ten times. It was a rough day and not just because of the seas.

Saturday was the exact opposite. It was dead calm. I opted to go to the 'Car Park' and was immediately sorry. We counted sixty five boats bombing the bait. The problem with such a large number of boats out there in a relatively small area is the lack of respect shown by some to boats that are hooked up and fighting. Some of the stories I heard make you wonder...

Anyway, we eventually caught enough bait and joined the crowd bombing the bait schools. The sea was like a mirror and the fish were certainly shy compared to the day before. We ended up with only one Striped Marlin and caught it after I'd given up bombing and started skipping baits.

Sunday was different again with a strong South-Westerly picking up through the day then backing to the South-East late in the afternoon. Again I went out to the 'Car Park', the bait was there and the Marlin too, hard not to go back. I was hoping the weather might have deterred people from going there. As it happened there were less boats but there were still a lot. Some out there were doing well but most were biding their time waiting for a bite.

I eventually got bored and left the 'Car Park' we set the lures and having no deck hand I was helping out when a Blue Marlin struck ripping the line out of my hand. The reel screamed in protest as a good sized Blue raced for the horizon. We did get it under control and tagged a 130 kgs. fish. Over the next two hours we tagged another Blue around 150 kgs. and kept two Mahi Mahi of 10 an 12 kilo's.

So, that was the week-end, three really diverse days. Next week it is tournament time. There are Stripes, Blacks and Blues as well as all the other Gamefish and that is Port Stephens Game Fishing, anything could and can happen...

As an aside it was good to know my 'Lumo' hasn't been made totally redundant...

Tight lines

Edited by Ambition Charters - 28/Feb/2018 at 9:17pm
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