Luke loves all things fishing and is an expert angler in his own right.
Captain Luke Fallon
Who is fishier than a captain who loves fishing
(think: lives, eats, breathes fishing)
and actually fishes himself EVERY chance he gets?
Our Skipper - Captain Luke Fallon
As a 16 year old who was struggling to keep his focus in school, Luke leaped at the chance to join Capt. Jim Dalling for his first Giant Black Marlin Season in Cairns.
And he’s been working full-time in the fishing industry – as guide, crew and skipper – ever since.
Capt. Luke Fallon’s dream of a life on the sea started while day dreaming in the classroom of that next chance to hit the water. As a junior angler, he was at the forefront of the now-famous Townsville light tackle fishery being the very first angler to catch a marlin in a tournament there. Now, 28 years on, Luke has carved out a career that has seen him become one of the most respected and successful charter captains on the east coast of Australia.
He began at the bottom and worked his way up so he’s knows every facet of the fishing industry. As a young crew member he worked the deck for many of the regular Cairns Heavy Tackle captains such as Jim Dalling, Greg Edwards, Terry Parker and Bill Billson. His eye for detail, strong work ethic and enthusiasm enabled Luke to lay the foundation for his already successful career as one of the youngest captains at the time, getting his first charge at the ripe old age of 21 – leading the next generation of successful skippers to fish the Great Barrier Reef.
Luke’s gamefishing resume includes being at the helm of The Warrigal, Reef Hunter, Reel Easy, Assegai and now 10 years on two KEKOAs (starting with the KEKOA 47 in 2006 and the current KEKOA in 2010).
– Skippers Ticket: Luke is qualified as a Master Class V captain
– Marine Engineering: Luke holds a MED1 -Marine Engine Driver Grade One
– Other: Current First Aid Certificate, Radio Licence
– Best Day Heavy Tackle Marlin: 9 giant black marlin in a day
– Tournament Wins: Champion Boat – Townsville Billfish Challenge, Champion Boat (Visitors) at NSW Interclub 2 years running, Port Stephens Billfish Shootout, Innisfail Billfish Touranment and Bermagui Bluewater Classic.
– As well as several runner up awards including the prestigious Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic. Winner of the IGFA Great Marlin Race in 2013.
– As captain and crew he has landed many giant black marlin close to and above 1000lbs, the biggest being a staggering 1298lbs.
And – barra guide
In the marlin off-season, Luke has also spent many years guiding for barramundi – his 2nd love. A metre plus barra is the inshore version of a grander marlin.
With the long-range capabilities of the larger vessel, in 2010 Luke steered KEKOA to the remote Gulf and introduced our barra fishing option. We now offer trips ex-Weipa in the Gulf of Carpentaria (barramundi capital of Queensland) – bringing this exciting fishery within easy reach of KEKOA’s valued clients. Luke spends so much of his time on the water, he always knows just where the fish are biting – to the benefit of our valued clients! When he’s not at the helm of KEKOA, you’ll most likely find him with the business end of a rod in hand!
Best Day Barramundi Fishing: 9 barra over 1m in a single session including 5 over 1.2m.
Luke’s personal best barramundi as an angler are a 1.36m barramundi (impoundment) and 1.31m barramundi (saltwater).
Gulf Barra Trips
On the river in the Gulf of Carpentaria you can enjoy the air conditioned (and bug free) comfort of the mothership and be fully rested and ready for another full day on the water on the tenders the next day. Of an evening, we enjoy socializing and unwinding over food and drinks both on the back deck as the sun goes down or within the air-conditioned comfort of the saloon.
Giant Black Marlin Fishing
While we are primarily fishing for marlin, we are fishing in a very special part of the world and so a typical day on the reef might be a swim / snorkel or fish in the morning. We usually then head out to fish for the big girls before lunch – all depending on what part of the reef we are fishing on.
Photo & Video
At night, enjoy socialising and unwinding while reviewing the days footage over the selection of Australian beer, wine & soft drinks provided. KEKOA is fully equipped cameras & video to record all the fishing action. You’ll leave with not only great memories of a fantastic trip, but some great video and photographic evidence as well all copied for you onto DVD.