PORT STEPHENS ON FIRE

Last weekend I shot up to Port Stephens to cover the 2013 Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout for Trade-A-Boat Magazine . I was lucky enough to jump aboard Pisces - a fully decked out Cabo that’s usually based in the Gold Coast.

 

 

Pisces and Sea Baby IV back at Anchorage Marina after day one.

 

With slow reports coming from Port, I didn’t really know what to expect. We steamed two-hours nor-east and on arrival to the shelf, deployed the lures. It couldn’t have been five minutes before a greedy blue marlin nabbed the short corner and took off charging for the horizon. Wow! That was quick. After a few minutes the fish unfortunately threw the hooks.

 

While the crew were resetting the lines, I crept up to the fly-bridge with the cameras in anticipation of another bite. Just as I settled in, I spotted a dorsal fin zipping behind the long rigger. One strike at the lure saw the outrigger release and line pour off the massive Penn 130W. Today was going to be a good day…

 

 

Hooked up to another blue.

 

 

Big blue, boat side.

 

After a cracking weekend away and going 4-4-3 aboard Pisces, it’s fair to say there’s a great bite at Port Stephens. Although the stripe marlin haven’t made a solid appearance yet, there are plenty of big blues and baby blacks kicking around. For the full scope on the boats, fish, techniques and results of the Port Stephens 2013 Cabo Hatteras Billfish Shootout, make sure you grab a copy of Trade-A-Boat  in two month’s time.

 

 

Returning to the weigh station.

 

 

A big thanks to Graham, Peter, Ben, Mark, Cappy, Bluey and especially Steve for having me aboard his amazing boat.

 

 

The shirt speaks for itself. 

 

 

Is there a fish you want me to attempt to catch? A location I should fish? A photographic challenge? You tell me. Either email fishfingers18@yahoo.com or leave a comment below.

 

Until next week.

 

Jack Murphy

 

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