Great Barrier on the Rise


900 lbs. Black Marlin on the Kekoa

Cairns, Australia (Great Barrier Reef) After an incredible October, November started out a little slow for most boats working the reef. Conditions looked good and fish were being caught, but that consistent bite was just not there. Over the last week though, that has all changed and the big girls started biting again and the crew were happy to see them.

There have been three Black Marlin over 1,000 lbs caught in the last week, with two coming from Capt. Luke Fallon on the Kekoa and the other from Capt. Brett Goetze on the Amokura. There have likewise been five (5) over 900 released with Kekoa, Black Label, Onsite, Kanahoee all getting into the action. There are more fish being seen as well with a couple boats reporting five in a day. The bite appears to be more consistent as well on a daily basis with at least two to three 700+ Black Marlin reported a day with MANY more being lost, including a couple over the Grander mark.

If a Grander Black Marlin is still on your list, there is still no better place in the world to catch one.



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