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A catch up shot of Anna's big fish at the end of October. She did so good in the chair! #bigfishphotos

And little story from me (Kelly) below to go with:
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Fried rice bite!!
(explained below)
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This is the fish with the big head. We always say that the big fish have small heads. This one was (is!) super long and super skinny. Still a big one, but filled out would have been a wooooaaahhh fish I think!!!

Big fish and calm days are the best ever combo for photos. When this fish bit, I was in the tower with Luke. We often eat lunch together. We were eating Kelly’s special fried rice with battered fish and prawn toppers (yum if I do say so myself). We saw the bite and I was off scrambling downstairs with a mouthful of rice. Big one!! 

Luke says “where are you going? We haven’t even hooked it yet?”. Kelly = “I don’t care, I need to be down there!!! “

We hooked it.

I hot tailed it down two flights to the deck to wind in the third rod and then headed back to the bridge where I keep my camera gear, to take photos. I switched cameras and came downstairs from the bridge once the peg mark was on the reel which is my habit. Sometimes it’s a rush because depending on the bait, the peg mark on the shortest bait is only 22 arm spans. This fish bit the stinger so I had a bit more time (as we troll the stinger in a different postcodeπŸ˜‚). 

Except that I didn’t have more time. I got downstairs and the first jump, no shoot. Camera is no go. Error, error. Proceed to freak out. So I scrambled back upstairs switched this lens onto my other camera body and rush back down. Still freaking out, do a few test shots, adjust the settings, this is very first shot after all of that. And then it did proper leader jumps.

I think it was worth the stress lol. What do you think?

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It's all about perspective! 

A fish Luke put at about 500lbs from our last trip taken with thanks by Christie Lee from nearby on Zulu.

The sea was angry that day my friends!

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2 last fish to 450lbs today!

The sun has now set on KEKOA’s 2020 Cairns giant black marlin season. Very happy to end on a high, the way we started one of the most consistent seasons in our opinion, albeit shorter than normal, of recent years!

It has certainly been a year of trials and we are very happy to be able to have put this Covid affected season together and sincerely thank each and every one of the wonderful clients who fished with us this year, many of whom have never done this type of fishing before, and are happily now marlin tragics like us πŸ˜…

Covid had one more 2020 whammy in store for us with the cancellation of our final week due to the Adelaide outbreak, which is a shame because the fish are still biting and these guys were very much looking forward to fishing. But bring on 2021 and getting back to normal. We look forward to seeing everyone on the reef again then!

So many more photos and a recap report to come…!

Team 2020 KEKOA Luke, Kelly, Heath and Jimmy!

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4 today, smaller size models!

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This photo is because Heath lost his hatπŸ˜‚  Again! πŸ˜‚ Its windy out here!

2 from 5 to 500lbs!

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The tuna workout works! #yellowfintuna
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One more yesterday to make 6 for the trip to 900lbs. Plenty of little fellas around but happy to have found a big girl among them. Thanks to the Scotts for their wonderful company again. Queenslanders who have been fishing the reef now for about 20 odd years #queenslander #whatagame

We are mother shipping this week on the beautiful Beluga. Stay tuned!

Photo: one if said small fellas πŸ˜‚

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What a stunner! 😍😍😍

Finishing the trip on a high with a high jumper. 6 for the trip (750, 600, 450), fishing steady steady! Glamour day on the water today!

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KEKOA at home on the GBR!! 

Photo taken by drone by our charter guests Anna and Peter 😍
Little bit of rubber hooks with 1 from 4 today but we got the one that we wanted, this bill-less/bill-half model about 750lbs for Glen. Very healthy fish despite the missing bill!

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1 for 1 on a sporty 700lb class fish today before having the early mark due to needing to take care of an issue in town. Back out Wednesday for #stateoforigin marlin arena.πŸ˜…
 
Go the maroons!

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