Stella 11 was heading back to port late in the afternoon when a lucky fisherman hooked this marlin.
Stella 11 was heading back to port late in the afternoon when a lucky fisherman hooked this marlin.

Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club news

THE Neil Allibone three-fish challenge is on today and tomorrow and with weather permitting we could see some classic results.

I know a lot of crews are busting to get into this eagerly anticipated event and the anglers who put in the time planning the weekend usually come up with the goods, except last year when Rosie One took out a placing in the comp.

Next weekend is the club's regular comp.

This time it is a two-day show with fishing times 5am Saturday to back in the harbour 12.30pm Sunday.

Species are snapper, flathead, pearl perch, teraglin, mackerel all and samsonfish.

A good mix of species so all crews can get in the action.

Given the abundance of marlin about it should be noted that they are no longer an acceptable species to weigh in.

On the general fishing front, the current has been making life a little difficult, however there is still lots of action on smaller snapper and larger teraglin.

The stronger current has the added benefit of getting the kingfish active at the lighthouse, and the presence of a few mackerel outnumbered by small black marlin has added interest to the morning's fish.

Game Fishing Section report

THE angling odyssey continues on the game fishing front.

The section's monthly competition was held in great conditions and most vessels headed out wide in search of larger fish than what prevailed during the week on the inshore waters.

Twenty-four anglers enjoyed clear and bright water of up to 27 degrees, and there was a feeling of expectation when the lures were rolled out.

This was my first trip game fishing and I was assigned to the boat Carliv.

I was told by other members not to expect too much from this crew as results previously were not great and there were mutterings among other club members about "not much chance" and "text me if you see anything at all".

At 10.30 the lures were finally cutting a fine trail and within the hour the long corner reel rattled into action.

Must be called the long corner because I took too long to get there as Rick "Elbows" Wilson beat me to the punch.

I have to say what happened next was a bit of a blur with line ripping off and a nice blue marlin dancing on the water.

Suffice to say the fish was brought alongside, tagged and sent on its way.

Later in the day a smaller black followed the spread for quite some time but did not continue on with the job, so that was my chance done for the day.

All up, there were three marlin tagged, with first timer Dave Brown on board Roseanna getting lucky and Tag Time scoring as well.

Stella 11 connected with a 23kg wahoo to put some excitement into their day.

Triple Six, who was fishing the comp for the first time, had experiences with two marlin but unluckily they managed to rid the hooks before tagging.

The prizegiving and evening barbecue was a fun affair, with champion boat being awarded to Carliv. I repeat, Carliv.

Next comp is a two-day catch-up on February 2-3.

Carliv could go two in a row.



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