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Townsville Little Black Marlin Video

Marlin video from 2011 Townsville Billfish Challenge

It’s just a few short weeks now until KEKOA heads to Townsville for the light tackle black marlin season. We still have time available prior to the 2012 Townsville Tournament at the end of August and so if you are interested in some mini marlin mayhem, please call Capt. Luke on 0428 789 840 today to book.

Below is some newly uploaded footage filmed on board KEKOA during the 2011 Tournament with the tournament major sponsor Mike Carney on board, which was compiled for the presentation where KEKOA took home the Champion Boat trophy.

Some of the best days fishing on these ground include 36 and 32 black marlin in a single day’s fishing. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced angler, these fish provide a heap of fun with their aerial acrobatics!

The juvenile black marlin fishing is best off Townsville in the cooler winter months of July, August and September. The Burdekin River feeds into the waters off the Cape and provides plenty of nutrients for the large bait schools which in turn attracts the small billfish in numbers.

Charter Options

Live-aboard charters anchoring overnight in the calm waters behind Bowling Green Spit, a short run from the fishing grounds, provide anglers with a great opportunity to maximize their time on the water.

KEKOA can cater up to 4 guests on overnight trips.

Day trips out of Townsville, for up to 6 anglers, are also available with an early morning departure from the Townsville Yacht Club and returning around 6pm.

The light tackle fishing for other species is also very good with the Cape and nearby reefs home to good numbers of Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Cobia, Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally and many more pelagic species.

KEKOA Local Knowledge

Capt. Luke Fallon and wife Kelly grew up in Townsville and spent many years of their youth marlin fishing at Cape Bowling Green with local legends such as Malcolm Florence and Capt. Jim Dalling.


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