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Tradition Season Recap Fishing Report - December 16, 2019

Date of trip: December 16, 2019
Posted December 16, 2019 by FishTrack Member
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The Tradition is all done for the 2019 Cairn's black marlin season and time for a break before getting the Chaser ready for the Caribbean season.

Here is a wrap up of the season:

We started with long time Cairns angler Lydie, joining us after some years away with her daughter Axelle for the first time. Axelle is only 5, so we had lots of nice swims in the morning and playing on the beach at Lizard, followed by some great fishing, with Lydie catching 4 blacks, and Axelle catching a 40# yellowfin tuna. Her first big fish.

John joined us on his trip of a lifetime to the GBR and tagged 4 fish in 4 days with us, excited was an understatement.

Unfortuately we had one slow 7 day trip next with only 2 fish, but some great snorkelling, spearing and lots of fun. And Amanda completed her IGFA Royal slam with her black, after catching her Atlantic blue with us in the DR earlier this year.

My long term friend Ken joined us with his guests and we had the mothership Beluga for the 7 days, the food and hospitality of the Beluga was incredible, and the fishing was much the same. Ken caught 11 blacks in 7 days, with the biggest ones being 500,900 and 800. Some awesome fishing !!!

Simon and Rob came all the way for the UK for 7 days and the great fishing kept rolling along, we had some great fish , with Rob catching his first ever marlin, a real nice one around 950 that fought hard for almost and hour, then over the next days Simon got a 650 and finished with a super hot 1100 lb black, only to then hook Rob up right away with another big fish that we lost after 2 hours with a heap of drag, this fish took us 3 miles out to sea before the line couldn't take any more.

This last trip, that finished today, we fished Rich and his dad Jim for 5 days of fishing, and caught 15 blacks, with the biggest at 850 and 800. Just some great fishing.

Our October total to Nov 3 is 36 blacks, some great fishing, giving us 47 for the season so far.

November kept our numbers rolling right along with some great fishing through the whole month.

Kim and Lauren joined us for a quick 3 days, and since neither of the girls had been here before, we knew we were in for some great fishing. Back to #8 Ribbon and the fish were waiting, we tagged 4 blacks up to 700 , an awesome way to start the trip.
The second day was a little slower, and we had to wait till the end of the day, but we got the bite we were waiting for , and after a quick 15 minute fight, Lauren released a 900# black, that put on an awesome show close to the boat.
We fished the last day up on #10, and saw a bunch of fish through to 4pm, when we headed to Cooktown for changeover. the girls tagged 3 from 5 blacks, giving us 8 fish in 3 days.

Oscar and the family joined us all the way from Spain, and we had a blast with some good fish. Over the 5 days we caught 8 blacks up to 850lbs, with Oscar and his son Christian experiencing some of the best that the GBR can put on.

Tom, Lewis and Glenn came from South Carolina for 5 days, and we made a move south the first day to be in position for the rest of the trip. Fishing off Opal Reef we caught a 400, then raised a triple and got a 500 and 300 out of the triple - lots of fun.
Then we had a bite for a real big one that missed the bait.
Back to the same spot on the 3rd day, and it was a busy day, we went 4 from 4, with a 250, then a hot 850, then on the way back to the edge we caught a 400# blue marlin on the scad, and another black around 250.
We went back to the same spot, but only marked and had 1 fish , a little one, then back to the edge where we tagged a 400 and 250 before it got dark for some more fun. This gave us fish #70 for the season, which surpassed our 2018 total of 68!!!
The last day started a bit slow, marking a few fish, but only 1 little one popped up, and fishing down the edge towards Carins, just before lines out to run in, we had the scad come down, and the fish stuck its head up, a real nice one. After a tough hour long fight, we got some incredible jumps on the leader. What an impressive fish to finish the trip on, such a great week with awesome friends, 11 fish in 5 days with an 850 and 900+.

Our 2nd last trip saw some nice fish, but the catching was bit off. The second day we tagged 2 fish, and back on the edge in the afternoon we fought a really hot 800# black for over an hour before she came off, just a really mean big fish, some incredible runs downsea and barely staying in the water, the jumps were so long.
The last day of the trip we caught a black and a sail, so a good way to finish up the trip for sure.

Paul joined us again after a trip to DR with us, and although the bite had slowed , we found the fish he came all the way to Australia for, a real solid 950# fish that pulled hard. We caught some yellowfin tuna on poppers and a nice big wahoo, as well as another black to finish up.

So our Cairns season was finished for the season, and was one of our best, with 76 marlin, with 2 blues in there, and an additional Sailfish. The weather was generally pretty good with only a few days of big wind.

After a good run back to the Gold Coast we fished 3 days and ended up with a couple of blues and a striped marlin.

Our 2020 , and 2021 seasons are filling up, so please let me know if you are interested in joining us on the Tradition.


A big thanks to our sponsors and supporters that we couldn't do it without you:

Garmin Marine Garmin Australia
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Pakula Lures and Tackle
Lindgren-Pitman Inc.
Tradition Charters
Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard
Fisherman's Wharf Cooktown
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