Cooktown

The last day with the boys from Moscow was spent fishing No:3 Ribbon and again we got the bites, jumping off a 600 and tagging a fun one about 250lbs.

John and Doc from Florida, joined us for 5 days, and were met with just crap weather for November, it blew 20+ everyday, and the first day just rained hard , nonstop – not the nicest day I have spent in the tower !!!

On No:10 we raised 2, had one bite but didnt get it too the boat, and with a big evening high tide, I elected to head to Lizard for a nice night in the lee of the Island. A good decision according to those who anchored out at No Name Reef.
Next morning the rain was gone, and a great bait fishing session on the way out filled the freezers up again and we fished down to the Marks and back to Second corner for the day, and got the bite that the boys came here for.
A really nice big fish that went hard, and the Tradition, harder!!!! The boat stayed right with her and she was on the leader and let go in under 10 minutes!!!, Chris got some great big jumps on the leader and the video cameras worked hard to see thru the waves and spray rolling into the cockpit.
The boys were estatic, and made the long trip worth the while for them. A really nice big fish, 950+ and super thick.

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Back to Lizard for the night and a few drinks and a great dinner of fresh coral trout and salad. The next few days slowed right up along the whole reef, and managed to see a few more but none made it too the boat, A fish of a lifetime for Doc, and well worth the effort of coming this far.

The majority of the fleet are back down at Linden Bank, and there have been a few big fish each day for the fleet of nearly 15-20 boats still out down there. Alot of boats are finishing up this week, and the fish are still coming in in numbers and we are now into the nice weather that November is famous for, 10 knots and lots of sun with BIG fish around. Out wide the big fish are also around with the tuna aggragation, so November and into December is looking awesome!!!
Up on No: 10, the few boats fishing are seeing big fish everyday, and the choice to go north or south tomorrow will be tough!!!

At least up north we can catch bait and go for a spear, so may do that for a few days and then head south on our 10 day charter with Greg, who is back for another trip looking for a beast!!!!

With another late season bite from big fish like last year, we can still fit you in for that big fish you are looking for:

Nov 29 – Dec 4 Cairns Heavy tackle with choice of motherships or liveaboard

Dec 7 – Dec 12 Cairns to Mackay heavy tackle via Myrmidon reef with choice of motherships or liveaboard

Dec 14 – Dec 23 Mackay to Gold Coast – head to Swains for a night, then out to Suamarez Reef for a night or two, then out to Wreck Reef and Cato Reefs if the weather is good, 10 day trip, fishing for big blues and blacks, jigging and poppers for GT’s, Wahoo, Coral Trout etc. limited to 4 places

Or out to Lady Musgrave and Fraser Island for blues, last weeks tournament saw the winning boat go 7 from 10 up to 800 lbs in 2.5 days!!!

Tim

tim@traditioncharters.com