Ambition report 16th. February’21
February 14, 2021 Port Stephens 4 photos & 1 video
At Port Stephens Black Marlin are the name of the game at present. The Blacks in a wide variety of sizes are chasing bait on the inner reefs. A lot of anglers expecting to find the usual inshore run of 20 to 30 kilo’s fish are being beaten on light tackle by Blacks getting up to 80kgs. with reports of even larger fish too. Sadly, I think mostly because of the weather, the offshore scene is bit of an unknown. A few boats have ventured out wide but not with any great success. Further South, around the Norah Canyons, the results are a little better though still not what we would expect at this time of year. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next two weeks with many boats fishing the local tournaments here at Port Stephens. If the weather doesn’t stabalise there will be an awful lot of boats on those inshore reefs. I for one can’t wait to go out wide... **hidden content** Tight lines, Ivan
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Ambition report 19th. August'19
August 18, 2019
Ambition report 19th. August'19 ------------------------------------------ Albacore and Kingfish were the name of the game off Sydney last week. However there were enough encounters with Yellowfin to keep the hope alive. Unfortunately since then the weather has intervened and looks like doing so for another few days. So we must wait. Sadly it looks as though the 'Low' system that held the Yellowfin up North moved through very quickly. Fortunately last Wednesday we were still able to reach the Northern edge. I went out primarily to chase Kingfish but then to go wide and if conditions permitted to have a late afternoon cubing session. With Wahyu from 'Global Tackle' and Lloyd we headed out. We didn't take any live bait just jigs. A moderate Westerly was blowing but not enough to stop us. When we reached the reef there were a few boats as well as a 'Pro' drop lining . A quick pass over the area to locate the fish and down went the jigs. It was quite interesting to watch. Wahyu was using an electric reel and a 'knife' jig and LLoyd jigging the hard way with a 'flutter' jig. Surprisingly, to me at least, the slow worked 'flutter' jig consistently caught the larger fish. After an hour or so we had caught enough Kings and the wind had dropped so we headed out to do some trolling. We hoped to find those elusive Yellowfin. The plan was to go out to the thousand fathom line then go South and hopefully reach the 'Low' system. I was just passing Browns when I got a call from the boat 'El Patrone' advising me that he'd caught Yellowfin and Albacore at a position roughly14 miles South East of me. Then another call came in about Yellowfin in the same sort of area. I made the decision to pull in the gear and run out . Even knowing how quickly the 'fin move around and the chances they would still be there in the 45 minutes it would take to get to the area, it was worth the risk. On the run out I noticed a half degree temperature break with a few birds in the area, just not enough to stop us from our goal, a mistake. We finally reached the spot and the only action was another boat working the area. After setting the gear again we continued on our quest. It became apparent that the fish had moved on and since we were in a radio dead area I couldn't get any further information. We ended up trolling back to the temp. break and to set up a cube trail. It was a beautiful afternoon and just as the sun was setting Lloyd took a hit and after a good fight landed a 7 kilo Albacore. We took another two strikes after sunset and after very lively fights landed 7 and 8 kilo Striped Tuna. If Stripies grew to the size of Yellowfin we would be in trouble. So that was the day. After getting back in radio land I heard of a few more Yellowfin and Albacore being taken. So now we have to again wait until the weather clears before we can find out if the fish are still here. Tight lines, Ivan
Ambition report 5th. February'18
February 3, 2018
Port Stephens firing is every Game Fishers dream and it fired last week-end. The weather however didn't play ball. On the shelf where a lot of the action was taking place it was far less than comfortable. On Saturday I took Daniel and a couple of his friends from Wollongong out. We didn't bother taking Live bait with us choosing to catch it out on the shelf. It was a long and bouncy trip out because of the short steep Easterly swell. There was no real problem catching the Slimy Mackerel needed. Once the schools were located it was more of a balancing act between standing up and holding the boat in position against the wind the current and the swell. It didn't take long for the action to begin and in short time we had an active Striped Marlin tearing up the ocean. The guys loved it especially when I was backing up into those swells and surfing down waves backwards, adrenalin inducing stuff. We eventually brought the Marlin to the boat and tagged it. Then I screwed up and ran over the dredge. It was too rough to go in and clear the prop so it was a long slow trip back home. On Sunday Lindon and three of his mates joined us. The weather was a little kinder but only marginally. This day we had the advantage of knowing where the bait was. We soon caught the bait we needed. Soon we were skipping baits around the bait schools and dropping livies onto Marlin we had marked. This is an exciting way to fish, watching a Marlin come up and take a skipping bait is very visual, the best kind of fishing. All the boats out there caught a mixture of Striped and Black Marlin. Unfortunately there were a lot of sharks out there too, mostly Whalers but also Hammerheads. We ended up the day with four Marlin tagged plus a Whaler which was hooked in the dorsal fin. A couple of the local boats did better than us but I think everyone caught something. My only comment after the last few days up here is that Port Stephens is firing... Tight lines, Ivan
Ambition report 29th. January'18
January 26, 2018
Over the last three days the Port Stephens Marlin have been almost like the days of past when the 'Car Park' fired. Bait is building up on the shelf and the run of Blacks seems to have started up on the inshore reefs. To add further interest there is a good run of Blues and Mahi Mahi on the wider grounds. There is an old saying among fishermen that goes : ' If there are ten people fishing and one catches a fish it is luck but if ten people are fishing and one catches ten fish then it is skill' . So what do you say about a lure that get struck by ten fish out of twelve strikes over two days. It started like this. A few weeks ago Tony from Mackay called he was comin to Port Stephens and wanted to catch a Spearfish as part of a Slam to catch all the Billfish in one year in Australia. All that was left for him were a Spearfish and a Broadbill, the most difficult ones. Now I don't know how to target Spearfish but I have caught several and all on smallish lures. In my arsenal I had a Bullet Head that Peter Pakula had given me and assured me that on the shotgun it was deadly, here was the opportunity to test the theory. In the spread I had all my regulars out but in the small sizes with the bullet head on the shotgun so off we went. The first strike came in about 400 fathoms when a nice Blue charged the bullet and after a short but exciting burst came undone. Without going into detail we hooked six Blues, a Black and three Striped Marlin all on this one lure. We did however manage to tag a Blue of around140 kgs. and the Black about same size. I have never seen anything like it, every fish hit the one lure, what are the odds. The next day we went to the same area and put out the same spread. Unfortunately the Blues had moved on but the first strike was a 15 Kg. Dolly which stayed hooked followed by a Striped Marlin which didn't hook up. Then to add insult to injury a Wahoo bit the lure off, it was devastating. Over the two days that bullet accounted for strikes from six Blues a Black, three Stripes a Mahi Mahi and a Wahoo. I put the bad conversion rate down to the fact we were primarily after a Spearfish. We were using small lures with small hooks which don't have the holding power necessary. In spite of not catching a Spearfish it was still an exciting couple of days. If for no other reason than those incredible Blue Marlin strikes and runs. On Sunday we trolled lures for a while but with bigger lures this time. Without that Bullet I wasn't confident so switched over to skip baits and trolled the shelf around the bait schools. We ended up missing one Striped Marlin but tagged another as well as a good Black Marlin. So that was three fun days fishing for Port Stephens Marlin. I don't generally recommend anything I can only report on my experiences. I must say I have never seen any lure do what that one did even the mighty Lumo Sprocket. For those interested the colour was 'Brad J'. Tight Lines, Ivan
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