It is also a world class destination for light tackle black marlin fishing. These are usually the first year spawn of the giant black marlin we were catching (and releasing! Cairns is predominantly a release fishery!) the previous year during the big marlin season. The fish show up in the cooler months and peak in August and September.
And lastly a largely untapped blue marlin fishery. In the latter part of the giant black marlin season when the seas calm and as the water temperature rises, we have the opportunity to fish wide where the blue marlin play!
The females range from 700 to 1300lbs and with the abundance of smaller males from 250lbs at their side, giving anglers from all over the world an opportunity of a lifetime.
We are fishing the edge along a stretch of the Great Barrier Reef that runs 100+ miles between Cairns in the south to Lizard Island in the north called the “Ribbon Reefs”.
It is truly a very special part of the world and fishing in these beautiful locations, the scenery is an amazing bonus!
The fish, first year spawn of the previous year’s giant black marlin season, are drawn to the area by the huge schools of bait that inhabit the fishing grounds during the season.
Early in the season these fish can be as tiny as 8-10 kg, but tas voracious feeders they can grown up to and exceeding 20kg before they leave our waters to head south in the EAC (East Australian Current).
In addition to the juvenile black marlin, sailfish are common in similar size ranges to the juvie marlin as welll as plenty of other pelagic species such as mackerel and tuna.
Great fun on the light tackle and exciting for both novice and veteran anglers!
In recent years several notable blue marlin have been caught off Cairns, including a potential 130lb line class blue marlin record in 2017 just shy of the grander mark (which was pipped on January 1, 2018 by Australia’s first official grander blue marlin weighing 1089lbs caught in Exmouth).
Over the summer months as the water temperatures continue to rise, the black marlin do tend to move on, but the blue marlin fishing can just get hotter along with the water temperatures!