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The Great Northern 30th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

31st Blue Water Report

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20 Boats lined up in Anchor Bay at Lizard Island on Sunday morning, 22nd October 2017, in brilliant weather for the race to the Outer Ribbon Reefs to start the seven day Great Northern 31st Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic. Conditions were perfect and only got better right through to the final 3 days when “glass out” seas prevailed.


Day 1 resulted in 23 strikes for 14 hook-ups and 9 tags, plus one self disqualified tag and “Duyfken” took the early lead from “Hellraiser”, each with one tag. The biggest marlin was an estimated 900 pound to Park Berolzheimer from the USA on “Bounty Hunter” with Captain Darren Haydon.


Day 2, fishing slowed down with only 5 tags and Moana angler Ichiro Takahashi, IGFA Rep from Japan fishing on “Moana” tagged an estimated 1200 pound Black Marlin to put him in second place behind Hattitude angler Milton Holmes, also with 2 tags.


Day 3 saw a lot more action with most of the fleet fishing No. 10 Ribbon, where 7 of the 12 tags were recorded, with 3 on Yong Reef and 1 on No. 4 Ribbon. The lead changed again with “Bounty Hunter” on 3 tags leading “Amokura” also on 3. “Top Shot” angler Tomonori Omi from Japan tagged an estimated 950 pound fish


Day 4, the bite continued on No. 10 with 15 tags there and 2 on Yong Reef, with Kanahoee angler, Trevor Scott from Western Australia tagging an estimated 990 pounder. In this tightly fought tournament the lead changed again, with “Absolute” tagging 5 to add to 2 already tagged, putting them in the lead with an impressive 7 tags in 4 days. Darren Sandy on “Amokura” was Champion Male Angler with 4 tags and Champion Female Angler was Stephanie Salway on “Absolute” with 3.


Day 5, another traffic jam on No. 10 Ribbon with 9 tags there and 2 on Yong Reef, but a run of smaller marlin with an average size this day of 150 pound. “Absolute” retained the lead with their impressive 7 tags from second place “Little Audrey” on 5 tags. Sharon Poulter on “Think Big” jumped into Champion Female Angler with her fourth tag.


Day 6 saw 12 tags all on No. 10 Ribbon with Darren Sandy on “Amokura” tagging an estimated 950 pounder and another at 150 pound, putting him in first place Male Angler with 6 tags and “Amokura” replaced “Little Audrey” in second place with 6 tags from “Absolute” still on 7.

The last day “Absolute” topped off an impressive week of fishing with one of the 7 tags taking their total to 8 for the tournament from second place “Amokura” with 6. Champion Male Angler Darren Sandy had 6 tags from second place Parke Berolzheimer with 5 and Champion Female Angler was Sharon Poulter with 4 tags from Stephanie Stalway with 3.Overall the 20 boats counted 162 strikes for 123 hook-ups and 73 tags plus 3 self isqualified and 17 Satellite Tags were deployed in the IGFA Great Marlin Race thanks to The Taekle and Bertarelli Foundations.

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Great Stopover Deal on the Gold Coast

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Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) are offering game fishing competitors VIP deals on your way north!

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During your stay enjoy complementary courtesy vehicles, special rates on marina berths, haul out and refits services PLUS a discount on your fuel.

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The Great Northern 30th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

Early Bird Entries Available until 1st Aug 2017

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Don’t miss out on your Early Bird Discount for the Great Northern 31st Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic- 21st to 28th October 2017

To be eligible for Early Bird pricing, entries must be completed before 1st August 2017.

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The Great Northern 30th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

2018 Dates

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Lock in the dates for the Great Northern 32nd Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic coming up in 2018!!

Great Northern 32nd Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic 2018

13th – 20th October 2018

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2016 Results & Stats Now Online

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Check out the Fishing Results and Statistics for the Great Northern 30st Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic 2016 – CLICK HERE


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The Great Northern 30th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic

Dates for the Great Northern 31st Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic confirmed- 21st to 28th October 2017

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The dates for the Great Northern 31st Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic have now been confirmed!

21st to 28th October 2017

Lock in the Worlds Best Heavy Tackle Black Marlin Tournament in the World!

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As seen in Latest Issue of Blue Water Magazine

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BlueWaterMagazineCover114Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic 2015 – as seen in Latest Issue of Blue Water Magazine

Courtesy of BlueWater Boats and Sportsfishing magazine:

*This article originally appeared in BlueWater issue 114.

The Great Northern 29th Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic was again based at Lizard Island from October 18 to 24 after a year’s absence due to island renovations following cyclones Ita and Nathan. Although the renovations were barely completed, the resort staff warmly welcomed the local and international anglers and crew from the 39 boats competing.

There were several notable additions to this year’s tournament fleet, notably the 44m super-yacht Hemisphere, whose ‘tender’ was competing. Another was the 17m Assegai Zulu – the most recent from the Barry Martin boatworks – which was skippered by Capt Casey Dent. Fishing on board was owner Chris Ellis and his friends from Sydney. What better way to christen a brand new boat than with a big tournament win, which is exactly what the team on Zulu did. Not only did they tag the very first fish of the tournament, but they also took home Champion Team for Days 1, 2 and 4, and finished the event with eight tags to win on countback from Capt Corey Hard’s team aboard Askari, who also had eight tags. Askari was the only team to really challenge Zulu during the week-long competition.

Tagging eight marlin over the seven day event may seem a good result, and it certainly was for that team, but the scoreboard reflected very poor fishing for the fleet overall, with just 63 tags recorded by 39 boats over the seven days. And to add insult to injury, Lizard Island’s usually prevalent black marlin ‘granders’ were absent. Most of the catch was unusually small fish. Twenty-six of the tagged blacks were estimated at less than 70kg, and another 10 at less than 90kg. That’s more than half of the catch being less than 90kg – which for Lizard Island in peak season is almost unheard of!

However, there were a few significant catches. One was made by the team on Tender to Hemisphere who tagged an estimated 430kg black in their first marlin tournament, assisted by Ben Bright who brought his reef experience to their cockpit. Likewise, lady angler Carolyn Mills aboard Capt Tom Francis’ Ultimate Lady fought a true giant past the end of fishing time and into the evening. Tom estimated her fish at 430kg, but didn’t submit the tag card in the tournament as the line accidentally touched the covering board.

The rest of the big fish flurry occurred on the first day and was enjoyed by the Cairns private boat fleet including Adrenaline who put US angler Kevin Jennier onto a fish estimated at 400kg when it was eventually tagged after a long fight. Black Magic also tagged a 400kg fish for Jason Lergessner with Capt Laurie Wright at the wheel. Think Big’s lady angler Sharon Poulter also tagged an estimated 400kg black on the first day.

Alicia Pasfield, fishing aboard Iona II, outfished all male anglers by tagging five blacks, which won her the award for Champion Female and scored third place overall for the team. Adrenaline came forth with five tags, and Onsite come in fifth with four tags for the week.

Askari’s Mitch Lidall was Champion Male angler with four tags, ahead of Zulu’s Robert Cruz with three. Sharon Poulter was Runner-Up Champion Female with three tags aboard Think Big.

Next year’s Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic is set to run from October 9 to 15, 2016. To book your entry, or for more information, visit

– Kelly Dalling Fallon

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BREAKING NEWS! Use of Satellite Tags

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Thanks to the Bertarelli Foundation and the Peter Teakle Foundation, we can announce that an unprecedented 30 satellite tags will be issues to entrants in the Great Northern Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic.


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