Metro Marlin Madness

 Myself John F and Daz, put a plan together to have a crack at a Metro marlin on the heavy tackle when the conditions were looking favourable. None of us having ever caught one in Metro waters we didnt rate our chances all that high, but thought we'd give it a good hard crack today out on the regulator

Morning started off shit, getting to the Marina only to have to find some cover from the pissing rain! didnt feel quite right, chasing marlin in winter weather!


Conditions were not the best, and even in the beast it was a slow trip out wide past rotto. Had a quick flick at one of the fads whilst rigging the outriggers did not provide any results other than one free jumping Dolly.


We set the gear, 80 wides to the ready and headed west.

It was quiet early on, water wasnt right so moved around to find the conditions we were after. Come lunch time we were in some warm water that looked fishy. Wouldnt have been 15 minutes and Daz half quietly says 'can you watch the long' (not a normal Daz statement he's usually screaming ON THE LONG) he's seen his fair share of Marlin, just not something you think you would be saying in Perth. Next minute off goes the long, short run and it dropped it, with a bit of teasing it came back and we were on. Fair to say we were all dumb founded that we were actually onto a Metro bill. John was on strike, and onto his first stripey. After a bit of arerial work and putting up show for himself, our first metro bill was boatside!!

Some photos and we sent him on his way, pretty green so didnt take much encouragement to swim off. We were all a little in shock that we had actually caught our first Perth metro Marlin on pretty much the first time out on the heavy tackle in Metro waters.


Spread was reset and the plan was to stay in the water we had located, was still very fishy. Must of been about an hour or so, it was my turn on strike and needed to have a leak over the side. Took the harness off and was having a tinkle when nec minute off goes one of the 80 wide on the long rigger! Whilst im mid stream and on strike, with no harness or gimble.. off to a good start, with Daz yelling "its a blue and its a good one" Sort myself out whilst the boys clear the spread and clipped onto the 80 for the stand up fight. The fish had dumped 3/4 of the 80w (37kg), John quickly clicked the 300 yammys in reverse and we were backing down on a reasable fish. It dogged it out for a bit fairly deep and was probably a 30 or so minute fight with planing the fish up.


Up comes the leader and Daz is to work, looks over the side and looks back at me and says 'its a big fish'... then up pops a cracker blue! estimated at 450lb

Needless to say we were all in shock. We've all caught bills before including blues, but just not in Perth.


Fish released really well, and we went about chasing another. we barely set the spread to have another stripe come up and look at the rigger, only to shy away. Was a fairly action packed 3 hours or so with 3 fish coming up.


Ended the day 3-3-2 Which is bloody awesome in just about any game fishing location along our coast!! Metro Marlin Madness

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 Wowsers! Nice work fellas! 

Fri, 2021-03-05 20:54

 Wowsers! Nice work fellas! 


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In a word.....brilliant

Fri, 2021-03-05 21:21

Great photos to go with a great damp were your shorts when the long went off, put a smile on my face, nice to see Mr Murphy still around when it matters  

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Fri, 2021-03-05 21:24

Not much else to say . Gob smacked

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Fri, 2021-03-05 21:25



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Fri, 2021-03-05 22:12

Great report good to see a few metro marlin 


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Fri, 2021-03-05 23:02

Fantastic efforts, fantastic write up. And who hasn’t hooked up anything during a leak.


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Well finally

Sat, 2021-03-06 00:32

 John has put justice to the oceans legacy shirt with "tuned to perfection" on the back. 
last time it was Wirral cod and banded sea sweep that were his claim to fame with that shirt on, what a disgrace that was. Hahaha. On a more serious note, As mentioned via seperate message, well done to all on board. Looks like this will be a session we will be talking about for years to come, over a quiet beverage or 2. 




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Sat, 2021-03-06 04:25

 Well done

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 Well done guys . Certainly

Sat, 2021-03-06 04:52

 Well done guys . Certainly one to remember 


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Awesome job

Sat, 2021-03-06 06:22

Well done guys, pretty much the ultimate catch in metro . 

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Pretty cool

Sat, 2021-03-06 06:57

 One to remember until the candle blows out fellas!!! Epic and well done!

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Great work

Sat, 2021-03-06 08:00

There's a few out there at the moment.

From what I hear you guys were out pretty far - past the 1000m line?




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 We moved in and out of

Sat, 2021-03-06 10:36

 We moved in and out of deeper water somewhere passed 2,000m. Need to find the blue water to find the fish!

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 Epic well done fellas, gonna

Sat, 2021-03-06 08:07

 Epic well done fellas, gonna be the talk of the town now. Great pics cheers for the write up. 


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 Great read Bodie! and great

Sat, 2021-03-06 10:05

 Great read Bodie! and great pics!

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Thats a big day out..Well

Sat, 2021-03-06 14:34

Thats a big day out..Well Done!


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Sat, 2021-03-06 18:04

 Congrats fellas, sure you had a tough night that night, exhausted but so amped from what happened!! One for the ages.


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Good doogs

Sat, 2021-03-06 18:30



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 Word just in the boys nailed

Sat, 2021-03-06 18:48

 Word just in the boys nailed another blue dog today!! 400+

Metro Marlin is orrrrnnn!!!

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 The boys were on 'the crab'

Sat, 2021-03-06 19:20

 The boys were on 'the crab' again today


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 Great work fella's

Sat, 2021-03-06 21:52

 Great work fella's incredible  effort  and photos  


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 Top notch! Hopefully daz

Sat, 2021-03-06 22:09

 Top notch! Hopefully daz didn't tell you off to much haha

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 Awesome, one for the memry

Sun, 2021-03-07 05:29

 Awesome, one for the memry banks


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The fuckin fellas

Sun, 2021-03-07 10:30


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Good fish

Sun, 2021-03-07 14:26

 Well done boys great session 

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Well done

Sun, 2021-03-07 16:42

 Well done lads. Jealous  

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Wow epic

Sun, 2021-03-07 17:31

 So good! Gongrats to all involved 


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 Top stuff guys.Nice to see

Sun, 2021-03-07 21:22

 Top stuff guys.Nice to see the bigger boat purchase working out.

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Well done guys, might be

Mon, 2021-03-08 12:43

Well done guys, might be first time but enough experience onboard to put the odds in your favour.

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 bloody hell   -top effort

Tue, 2021-03-09 13:05

 bloody hell   -top effort

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 Great effort fellas! Metro

Wed, 2021-03-10 17:05

 Great effort fellas! Metro marlin club isn't that big so you've done really well!