The Billfish Report is counting down its Top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #6 is the Great Barrier Reef.
Criteria for our Top 10 list – taken from the daily billfish reports we receive from hundreds of captains around the world – include the following: fish numbers, variety of billfish species, average size of fish and length of season. These are then compiled, factoring in the number of boats regularly fishing that fishery, to derive a score. The rankings of those scores yield this year’s Top 10 list.
And you know the fishing is pretty phenomenal elsewhere when the Great Barrier Reef – inarguably one of the premier billfisheries in the history of the planet – has five fisheries before it in a ranking. And though it was a slightly subpar year for the reef, it says something about the fishery when “subpar” still equals 108 black marlin over 500 pounds, and 24 blacks over the mark. To repeat: 24 black marlin over 1,000 pounds caught in Australian waters in 2011! That matched last season’s total.
There were also blue marlin, sailfish, and the odd swordfish in the reef’s 10-week season. A terrific year, for sure.
Stay tuned for #5 – posting soon!