Port Stephens, Australia – After the big reels are put up off the Great Barrier Reef, those who are lucky enough to keep fishing, start moving farther down south to chase the marlin. Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and Black Marlin can all be potential targets. For Port Stephens though, the Black Marlin and Striped Marlin are the main targets and why not. They can be caught in great numbers, with many of those being caught close to shore. We have been getting constant reports of boats getting 5+ shots a day between Blacks and Stripes.
Most recently we have been getting not only great reports, but excellent shots from Jay Househam fishing on the Freedom. Over the last five days, they have released 25 Marlin, with the most recent day going 4-5, which consisted of 3 Black Marlin (around 300 lbs) and a Striped Marlin. To add to the fun, the boys on Freedom are using 25 lbs test as well, so these fish are a lot of fun on light tackle. The season is just kicking into high hear, so expect to see more great numbers.