Port Stephens & Newcastle, NSW, Australia – The marlin have started to make their run off New South Wales and the crews are all over them. While Black Marlin and Striped Marlin dominate the numbers, there are plenty of Blue Marlin and even an odd Spearfish or two. Most recently in the Cabo-Hatteras Tournament there were 218 Black Marlin, 21 Striped Marlin, 10 Blue Marlin and Spearfish all caught.
Top Day we have heard of thus far this season came from Capt. Hovig Aslanian on Hoodlum who released ten (10) Black Marlin. Capt. George Tinkler on Bornfree had his best day of this early season, releasing (8) Black Marlin. Capt. Scotty Thorrington of Haven Charters has been on the fish with a 5-5 Black Marlin day, with photog Ben Bright on board. Zulu has been chasing down the billfish as well, with their best day resulting in 5 Striped Marlin and 2 Black Marlin. Nick Durham, fishing on Tantrum had a good start to his season releasing 2 Black Marlin a Striped Marlin and a Blue Marlin while searching a little deeper for larger fish.
The season is just starting and should last until April, so we are just starting to see what this season is all about.