August – September
Given the variety of fishing at Cape Bowling Green, this is a must fish destination!
Light tackle game fishing is best off Townsville in the cooler winter months as the juvenile black marlin move into the waters off Cape Bowling Green. The Burdekin River feeds into the sea here and provides plenty of nutrients for the large bait schools which in turn attracts the small billfish in numbers.
The Cape Bowling Green grounds are 35 miles east of Townsville and provide is a perfect location for extended live-aboard charters targeting these light tackle black marlin and sailfish. The Cape itself is a featureless low-lying sandspit and provides a good anchorage close to the fishing. And the fishing, well it can be pretty unbelievable.
Some of the best days fishing on these ground include 36 and 32 black marlin in a single day’s fishing. The prolific juvenile black marlin offer great challenges for light tackle specialists or a lot of fun for the gamefishing novice.
The season can start as early as April and fishing continues all the way through to peak in August and September when the Townsville Game Fishing Club hosts the Townsville Billfish Challenge, and sometimes even into October!
Options for Townsville Fishing Charters
Kekoa offers day trips and extended live-aboard fishing charters in Townsville from July to early September each year.
Other Game Fishing Species
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. KEKOA is also the reigning champion of the Mike Carney Toyota Billfish Challenge taking out the event in 2011 and winner the Runner Up gong in 2012.
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