Fishing News and Updates

Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

Published: 19 October 2014

Due to Cyclone Ita the 28th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic is being held out of Cooktown. The Island suffered serve damage from Tropical Cyclone Ita and is still undergoing repairs and is not expected to re-open until 2015.

Captain Laurie and crewmen Davo and Luke are again fishing on "Think Big" with owners Paul and Sharon Poulter. On the final day of the tournament they are currently in 8th position, however they may not of had lots of fish but they were all BIG fish.

Sharon has released 4 fish being 850#, 900#, 900# and 700#.

Sept 28 to Oct 1 at the helm of "Calypso"

Published: 02 October 2014

Captain Laurie just got home from 4 days running “Calypso” for Tim Dean. With crew Dean “Pup” Ford and Mick Jacob and anglers Jason, Damien, Gary and Cookie from Victoria.

The trip started out slow with just one bite on the first day at Linden Bank. Moving up to the Agincourts on day 2 saw Damien tie into a nice 800# in the first five minute of fishing. She was released after some great jumps at the boat. Gary caught one about 200# later in the day and another bite right at the end of fishing for the day.

Staying at the Agincourts saw just one fish for Cookie from 3 bites. Day four was the slog South into 20 knots but the action started pretty quick with Jason catching a feisty 150# fish near a school of yellowfin tuna. Then the bite from hell happened and Jason was on again, this time it wasn’t any rat but a real fish right up there. Fifteen minutes and some fantastic jumps at the boat and she was alongside and released in great condition.

A top job from Jason and a happy man with his first really big fish we put at 990 pounds plus. While winding in the baits before heading to Cairns an explosion on the rainbow runner and Cookie was on with a 750# to finish off a top trip. Well done guys. Captain Laurie will be back out next week for the Lizard Island tournament on “Think Big”.

The luxurious mothership "Phoenix One"

Published: 14 September 2014

Come aboard the mighty Phoenix One, for the ultimate way to experience first hand the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef! Phoenix One, is a 115ft motor yacht. She has just undergone a 12 month refit and is designed for customer comfort, optimising space with a luxurious finish, all in a vessel that travels smoothly.

The interior is fitted with beautiful timbers, with picture windows in the salon area which reveal vast expanses of ocean views on both sides.  She can comfortably sleep up to 6 guests in four state rooms, 2 VIP staterooms plus a spacious double and a twin cabin. There is a spacious open and covered deck areas that provide easy entertainment in any weather. The fly bridge is dedicated to guest entertainment with a bubbling spa, sun pads, comfortable seating, bar and barbeque.

On board is the latest communications systems, including of course the internet, which can be accessed by the guests over most of the GBR.

With everything taken care of, you can relax and enjoy the privacy of your own boat, delicious five star food and your choice of activities.

Back at the Helm

Published: 27 October 2012

We always laughed about the Rolling Stones come back tours, so many of them and no end in sight. But after the so called retirement in 2010, Captain Laurie Wright is back out there at the helm with his short come back tour. He has taken the helm of the private boat "Think Big" and persuaded (no real persuasion needed) crewman Davo to join him on the deck to fish the 2012 Lizard Island Black Marlin Tournament. Both are stoked to be back out on the GBR even if is blowing 25 knots SE. The only thing missing is our other esstential part of the team, our second crewman Jarrad (Dingo) Boshammer. Wish you could be there Dingo.

Day one saw only one fish tagged for "Think Big" being a 350 pound black marlin tagged and release for Sharon. Day 2 was very productive with a 2 small fish and another nice fish of 850 pounder for Paul Poulter to take them into the lead of Day 2 of the Lizard Island Black Marlin Tournament. Day 3 was not so productive with no fish, but they are still in the equal lead with 4 fish, along side Capt Ross Finlayson on "Top Shot"

Day 4 the winds are blowing a good 25 knots SE and this bought on a flurry of small fish. "Top Shot" found a pod of small fish and tagged three blacks all in the 200 to 350 pound range. Capt Law and the team managed to convert one more tagged small fish. So the standing for Day 4 was "Top Shot" in the lead with 7 tags and "Think Big" in second with 5 tags.

Day 5 was another small fish day, but finally the weather is starting to ease back. "Think Big" converted another small fish for Sharon Poulter, which puts her in definite contention for Champion Female angler by a good margin. It also puts them in second place and the hunt for the leader board with a total of 6 tagged fish. "Top Shot" found another cluster of small fish and managed to tag 3 more blacks to keep them in the lead with a total of 10 tagged fish.

Day 6 was truly the team on "Top Shot's" day, with a huge fish tagged and released at the estimated 1200 pound and 2 other smaller fish. Both "Little Audrey" and "Kekoa"  tagged 2 fish each and put them into 2nd and 3rd place. The team on "Think Big" could not seem to find them today, but are still in contention.

Day 7 and the final day of the tournament and it all belonged to the team on "Top Shot" with a whopping 14 tags in total giving them 1st place, with Mr Tomonori Omi taking out champion angler. Captain Law, Dave and the Poulters held in with 5th place with 6 tagged fish. Congratulations Sharon on taking out Champion female angler. All the results can be viewed at http://www.lizardislandgfc.asn.au 

The dates for the 2013 Lizard Island Black Malrin Classic are October 12th -19th 2013.

Ramiro and Mara first trip to the GBR

Published: 22 October 2012

Joining us for thir first time in Australia is Ramiro Gomez and Mara Cuevas. They had a wonderful time fishing with Capt Biggles and crew on board "Calypso"

Even though they could only escape for a 2 day fishing charter, they were able to catch on day one a 250 # and a 850 pounder for Ramiro and then to step right up again on day 2 and release a 900 pounder. This is their first expedition to Australia and they are not going away disappointed. They have now had their taste of big black marlin and have vowed to come back.

The crew on board our mothership "Aroona" have doubley made sure that not only the fishing but the congenial hospitality will bring them back to Australia for another fishing expedition.

Dan Allen Hughes returns to fish with Capt Law

Published: 20 October 2012

Dan Allen made another pilgramige to the Great Barrier Reef, this time bringing his youngest son Will and his US captain Jay to join him on this charter. With Tim not able to be out on the reef this season due to work commitments. Laurie joined Captain Darren (Biggles) Hayden who is now skippering "Calypso". At a wonderful dinner in Cairns we realised that Dan Allen had been fishing with Laurie for 31 years, with his first trip to Australia with his wife Peggy, which was also Laurie's first year as a captain on board "The Hooker"

Fishing was very interesting with 25-20 knot SE winds and the current ripping south. The first few days only produced small fish in the 250 - 350 range. Dan had to leave early and could only spend the first 2 days out on the reef, but Will and Jay did not worry as this meant less time waiting to be on strike. The next few days still produced fish but not "Big Jules". As always day 6, and the last day of the charter, produced the big fish, but only to prove that nothing is guaranteed in fishing and the big girl got away.

I am sure the boys will be back to claim the one that got away.

Time to book for 2013 and 2014

Published: 30 September 2012

The small black marlin turned up off Cairns and Townsville this August and September and the big girls will surely follow from mid September through December. The South East trade winds haven't stopped and this will push the marlin into the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. They should be there in good numbers and now is the time to ensure you have a booking with one of the top boats and Captains that we represent. You will be well looked after by our professional crews and spoilt by the onboard luxury  of the boats. If you want to upgrade to a luxury mother ship we certainly have one to suit your taste and budget.

Julie and I have spent the offseason researching some of the best Barramundi fishing spots Queensland has to offer. We have been having some great fishing along with friends.

We are very excited about the Barramundi expeditions we can offer you for 2013 and for 2014. From live aboard trips on the magnificent 56 foot "Kekoa" out of Weipa from April to July to trips out of Karumba with one of Australia's top Barramundi guides, Lance Butler to a private Lodge in the heart of "Big Barramundi " water in the Gulf of Carpenteria.

If you want to experience the thrill of tangling with a giant black marlin or Australia's legendary Barramundi then give Julie or Laurie a call and we will design and exclusive charter just for you. We also specialise in corporate charters.

Tight lines.

The Highlights from 2011 Cairns Black Marlin season

Published: 30 November 2011

Here are the highlights. Just click on the pdf file to view the updates and photos from 2011.....


» 2011 marlin season reports

2010 Cairns Black Marlin season

Published: 30 November 2010

Here are the updates from the 2010 fishing reports


» 2010 fishing season

2009 Big fish season!

Published: 31 December 2009

Here are all the highlights from the 2009 black marlin season........

Luke, "Dingo" and Dean on Kekoa, Tim, Davo and Muzza on Calypso, Jarad, John, Ant and Andy on Shaka have done a great job this season with all their guests having some of the best fishing in years. It is a tribute to their dedication and professionalism that everyone wants to come back.

Our preferred sportsfishing boats and mother ship are all filling up fast for 2010 and 2011, so give us a call and we will plan your next expedition to Cairns or elsewhere.


» Updates from the 2009 marlin season

Highlights from the 2008 marlin season

Published: 10 December 2008

Here are all the fishing stories and highlights from the Great Barrier Reef for 2008.

The 2008 marlin season marked the 30th season on the reef for Captain Laurie Wright. Joining him again on the deck were the two best crew, being David (Davo) Cassar and Jared (Dingo) Boshammer.

Also to top the year off, Captain Laurie Wright was inducted into the Cairns Hall of Fame. A great year saw the return of many friends and regular clients and some amazing weather conditions and some fabulous fishing.


» Highlights from the 2008 marlin season

an Alaska adventure

Published: 04 August 2008

After an epic 30 hour flight, Laurie and I, and our good friend Barry Kyte, arrived in Anchorage Alaska. An overnight stay at the Captain Cook Hotel, and we were up and ready for our 8 day stay at Kvichak (pronouced Kwee-jak) Lodge. We meet our group of 12 anglers and boarded the Super DC-3 for a 50 minute flight down to the local village of Iguigig situated on the opposite side of the Kvichak River from the lodge. A short jet boat ride and were docking at the front door (literally) of the lodge. Here we finally met the owner Mike "Slim" McDowell and his fantastic staff. After a refreshing lunch and the group was keen and eager to get on the River and chase the famous sockeye salmon.

With the salmon running 8-10 deep up the river, it took us no time at all to perfect the "sockeye swing". It was a never ending snag and jag and hang on. The sockeye gave us a good run and some great thrills with their aerial acrobatics and with an 8 knot current running down river, if they got out in the current it was mayhem. After releasing 100's of salmon, we did not take much convincing from our guide, Scott "Bama" Wilkerson, to try some deep trolling for rainbow trout. We had some awesome afternoons, releasing 20 plus "bows" with Laurie releasing the biggest at 24 inches. The next treat was fly fishing for grayling on dry flies in the shallows on the Kvichak. It is an amazing river system that supports so much fish life and variety.

Slim flew us over to the Katmai National Park (south of the Kvichak) in his float plane, where we got up close and personal with heaps of brown bears....check out the bear photos....watching them hunt and feed on the salmon was spectacular.

After 8 fun filled days with plenty of fish and lots of laughs, Slim flew us back to Anchorage by float plane. This was truely the highlight of the whole expedition. Flying through Lake Clark pass, where the mountains reach for the sky and the glaciers are as tall as skyscrapers, was a vista that Laurie and I will never forget. We are definitely going to make another visit to this amazing part of the world in the not too distant future. If you would like to join us on the next expedition, please drop us an email at julie@australianfishingexpeditions.com

A special thanks to Slim, Bama, Jarod, John & Mary and Barbara.


» Bears and more bears
» Alaska fishing photo album

2007 Marlin Fishing season

Published: 01 December 2007

Here are all the highlights and fishing stories from the Great Barrier Reef 2007 marlin fishing season. Please take the time to read the stories and look at the the great photos.

Thanks to Dave and Dingo for being the best crew on the Reef and especially thanks to Dingo for supply us with some of the great fishing photos used for the web newspage.


» 2007 marlin season