Its been a great time since the last report, we fished my regular client Greg for 10 days again this year and he had one of his best ever trips on TRADITION. We started in the middle Ribbons and got one the first day and followed that up with 2 the second day, and then the current started to the north and water changed dramatically. After a day with not even a thought of catching one in the dirty water I decided to make a big move. I bait fished and ran from the middle Ribbons down to Linden Bank and we were rewarded with good fishing the rest of the trip. The first day we missed a couple of small ones and jumped off a 600 lb fish , the next 5 days saw us marking lots of fish and jumping off a few but also tagging a 300, 600, 800, 400, and 250 as well as seeing a big female and males spawning right behind the boat. Gregs big fish came late one day at 6pm, and she just exploded on the big bait and put up a great fight for us. Greg enjoyed his break from work and has already booked again for 2011.
Started on the 30th with Ash and the boys from the Gold Coast, and after a good bait session on the way north, fished the bottom of No:10 where we saw 4 fish tailing and caught a fun 250 lb fish. Yesterday I headed back up No:10 to where I had marked fish the day before and after driving over the same mark on the plotter, I saw her on the sounder and up she came right on cue, an awesome bite form a big fish!!! Reece did a great job in the chair and Steve was just incredible on the leader with some big jumps and just awesome power of a big fish. We followed that up with 2 more for the day, and missed a bouble header. With lots of fish marking along the whole reef, it is getting ready to go wide open!!!
The bite is on, there were at least 7 fish over 950 on the reef yesterday inclusing an 1177 lb fish, the first one weighted for the season. Which makes 10 over 1000 lbs for the GBR in October 2010.
What a season we are having so far, October saw us fish 50lb for 8 days with Lydie who did an amazing job with some nice fish up to 600 lbs!!!!, Georges awesome fish about 1100, Les’s fish the same trip at 900, an 800 for Greg and Reece’s nice 950+ yesterday!!! TRADITION ended up with 29 fish for the month!
I am fully booked until Nov 22, where I have an opening, as well as early December, which will give us that nice calm weather Nov is famous for, as well as big fish. With the full moon comes the tuna aggregation out wide, so looking forward to getting out there as well for some big eye and yellowfins up to 200lb, and some big black marlin that are feeding in these schools as well. Let me know if you want a chance to see some of this.
2011 is filling up fast, so if you want to come next season please let me know as soon as you can and get your deposits in. I also have a range of motherships available starting at AU$3000 per day.
Capt Tim Richardson