Angler Education

Black Marlin Fishing Off Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a giant marlin paradise. Huge black marlin patrol the miles of reef along this pristine coastline hunting various tunas and reef fish. Australian game boats troll dead skip baits to raise black marlin, many true 'granders' or marlin over 1,000 lbs. A 'skip' bait is usually a 8-10 lb tuna that's mouth is sewn shut and a large circle hook secured along the top of the tunas head- this allows for the best hook up ratios. A tip passed along by all Australian captains is to use your back and upper body strength when in the fighting chair to plane giant marlin to the surface. Australian game boats are equipped with fighting chairs that are custom made for this type of heavy tackle and designed to give the angler all the leverage. Anglers must learn how to put both the line and drag to its limits and win these battles of the deep.