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« on: November 14, 2009, 03:37:37 CET »

I'll try and keep this short, but l really would love to share this 16 day experience with you all, and will post many photos and less writing  Grin


Most of you that know me, know how much time l love spending in North Queensland..... The many great fishing opportunities, the wonderful people, warm climate, and beautiful environment just keep me wanting to get back up there. One of my most favorite places though is the Great Barrier Reef, and l was recently invited to spend 16 days with my good friend Capt' Dan on Moana III, his partner Kylie, and Tom on his first trip as deck hand on Moana.








We were heading north from Cairns to Lizard Island, and we were joined by Lorraine (the boat owner) and Dan's two children Betty and Douglas, for a couple of days gathering bait as we made our way up to Lizard Island for the 23rd Black Marlin Lizard Island Classic.

It was great watching Dan's kids bring in many mackrel, and gt's, but also being made aware of proper fishing and handling techniques, to ensure release of fish in good condition. They were also made aware of taking only what is needed whether it be for bait or a feed.After we finished gathering the bait for the day more fun was had gilling and gutting by Tom and myself in preparation for stitching them up to swim or skip for the tournament to come.











We fished the 23rd Black Marlin Lizard Island Classic over the next seven days, and even though we were up early every morning start fishing was not until 10:30am each day. This spare time in the morning was spent engaged in many other activities available when 'live on board' charters are made. Sport fishing, catching Gt's with poppers around bommies and bait schools, snorkeling, spearfishing, feeding gropers, or just kicking back after a hearty breakfast, before we get to our start fishing spot.
We only Caught l marlin during the tournament, with the winning boat catching 10 marlin. This put us about 3rd last from 28 boats competing the tournament.











As you can imagine, living on a boat for a couple of weeks gives one the opportunity to catch and eat fresh fish. as much as l love to eat Spanish Mackerel, Dan and Tom would occasionally provide Kylie (our cook) with some coral trout obtained by means of some spear fishing. I think coral trout is now one of my favorite fish to eat....YUMMY!!!







Dan and Tom liked to have a spear fish whenever the moment presented itself, and l would tag along to film some of the activity, or get a few shots. It was amazing to see how quick the reef sharks honed in on an injured fish, or picked up the scent of a dead one.
On my last day Tom and l went for one last dive. He was quick to snare a nice coral trout, which he would suspend under a float, and continue on in search of more quarry. But on this particular dive we were attracted by some commotion at the float, and soon discovered a few reef sharks making a meal of the trout. We quickly decided to head back to the boat when a fairly large bronze whaler shark turned up on the scene....l wish l had my video camera on that dive. All we were left with was the trouts head.







Here is a short video clip of the trip...feel free to ask any questions, and l will answer them for you as best as l can.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO2kGhyXxNE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO2kGhyXxNE</a>

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2009, 12:27:49 CET »

allow me to be jealous.............. WOW.............. is that heaven?
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2009, 13:52:30 CET »

very nice twoutes!! thanks for sharing
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2009, 14:22:48 CET »

when can i join pls Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2009, 20:18:47 CET »

Amazing Joe, when are you going to put together a fishing trip for the forum and from our end we'll sort out flights and come down Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2009, 21:13:58 CET »

yeah next forum meeting we do it at Cairns eh............As usual Joe well done and thanks for sharing.........
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2009, 21:28:38 CET »

nice pics and great fishing!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2009, 22:36:42 CET »


Thanks for the comments every one.

When ever you guys want to come to Australia, let me know and l'll organize a trip of a life time for you all. The boat can accommodate up to 5 guests, but we can always organize a second or 3rd boat....or a even a mother ship. Tongue




I can guarantee that you will have a great time
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2009, 11:15:43 CET »

Congratulations for the very nice pictures of the fish and of the place.
To catch that amount and size of fish here in Malta it is only in our dreams.
Here the sea is overfished.

Once again congratulations.
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2009, 23:00:13 CET »

tal genn man
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2009, 08:43:55 CET »

Looks like a dream. Really nice place. If someone want to join let me know. I have 3 weeks free...
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2009, 09:57:26 CET »

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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2009, 19:51:17 CET »

As usual Joe,fantastic photos of your fishing trips.I will have to come over before I get too old.When are you comming back to Malta in 2010?  Keith   Grin
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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2009, 21:31:28 CET »

Thanks Keith. I'm sure that you'll have a great time if you make it 'down under'....and by that l mean Australia....not that other place  Grin....l wonder if they have fishing in heaven Huh? Roll Eyes

If we make it to Malta it will be around August/September as l want to have another go and catching a Mediterranean Swordfish. That species is at the top of my 'Bucket List' and hope to tick  it of my list before l make it 'down under'.

cheers  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2009, 18:39:57 CET »

skip if you organise one ...I want to stay in the front Grin Grin Grin
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