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2009 Cairns Giant Black Marlin Season Recap

As we near the end of our Weipa season, its time to put our eye firmly on the next goal–namely the upcoming marlin season in Cairns. The new boat is running like a dream and we can’t wait to push her to the limits on the reef. With the extra space the 56 feet affords us, returning guests can expect to be able to be able to relax and truly enjoy their time on the boat more than ever.

We still have a few spaces available for the upcoming season. Contact Captain Luke by email or telephone to 0428 789 840 (+61 428 789 840) for more details. We’d love to have you join us on board!

To get you as excited about the upcoming season as we are, a couple of highlights from 2009:

Jason @ 1000lb
Video Still: Jason @ 1000lb
John's est at 1200lbs
Video Still: John's est at 1200lbs

One of the highlight’s of the 2009 season for the boys on KEKOA was the return of Jason Hassett from Melbourne to fish the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic in late October. It was Jason’s second trip with Captain Luke, and after losing a 7 and half hour battle with a fish ‘well in excess of a grand’ in 2008, he decided it was all out war in 2009. He brought along his good friend John Wildburger for support and they well and truly got their just rewards.

In four straight days they let go 4 fish over 800lbs including two over a grand – one of those being a huge 1200lbs.

Check out the video of these two fish:

KEKOA fights est 800lber at #5 Ribbon

Big fish jumps away from the boat

A video still of Eric's 900lb-er
A video still of Eric's 900lb-er

Also in 2009, Eric Jalabert from New Caledonia returned to fish the reef after a few year’s absence, and now that he has marlin fever back in his blood, he’ll definitely be back again.

By departure on Day 1, Eric’s mate Christian had yet to arrive in Aus (he joined them on the reef a day later by sea plane), and so Eric decided to start his trip solo. And he jumped straight in the deep end, releasing a fish Capt. Luke estimate at 900lbs and another at 200lbs on his lonesome!

More highlights coming soon – just a soon as I can corner Capt. Luke again!

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