Black Marlin Fishing
Mighty “Grander” Black Marlin
World class Black Marlin Fishing in Cairns, Australia
- Big Game Fishing capital of the world.
Cairns, Queensland, Australia became the Sport Fishing capital of the world for the mighty “Grander” Black Marlin on the 25th of September 1966, when American crewman Richard C. Obach landed a World Record 1064# Black Marlin on 80# test line. Not only was this the first Grander Black Marlin caught in Cairns but also the first Thousand Pound Marlin of any kind caught on 80# test line anywhere in the world. This made international Sportsfishing history for Cairns and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region. Big Game Fishermen from all over the world flocked to Cairns in subsequent years, with hundreds succeeding in capturing their dream Billfish.
World record billfish, including the mighty Black Marlin and the acrobatic Sailfish are to be found in the rich waters off the Outer Barrier Reef. Whether light tackle world record sport fishing, fly fishing, tournament marlin fishing or conventional heavy tackle marlin fishing, Cairns is the place to be when the mighty black marlin migrate to their spawning grounds off the outer barrier reef between Cairns and Lizard Island. The Cairns fleet of modern sport fishing boats and their professional Captains and crews have led the world in Billfish Tag and Release fishing since the 1970’s. This continued practice and the consequent research has seen the past five years being the best Black Marlin fishing for twenty years. The majority of these crews are members of the Cairns Professional Game Fishing Association with a code of practice they strictly adhere to.
International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Certified Captain Laurie Wright specialises in game fishing charters especially exclusive black marlin mother ship & live aboard charters. A comfortable mother ship and a modern sportsfishing vessel allows the dedicated Big Game Fishermen and their partners a high level of comfort and luxury.
From June to September the waters inside the Great Barrier Reef abound with juvenile Black Marlin. Averaging 15 to 20kg/ 30 to 50#, these little fish are fantastic sport on light tackle and fly. They are readily taken on trolled bait or lure and can be easily teased to the fly. The waters off Cairns and Townsville are particularly productive for these little fish.
From September to December the large Black Marlin migrate to the waters off the outer Great Barrier Reef to spawn, and it is at this time we can target these large fish. At any time during this period you have the opportunity to catch a fish in excess of 1,000#. All of our fishing charters commence out of Cairns with direct pick up or transfer by seaplane or land based aircraft to Lizard Island or historic Cooktown.