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Lizard Island Marlin Fishing

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The Great Barrier Reef isn’t just known in game fishing circles for it’s colours, it’s also the home of big marlin, something like two thirds of all marlin over 1000 pounds caught by game fisherman are caught along this stretch between Cairns and Lizard Island.

The expert locals tell you the best grounds early in the season are around Lizard Island. People have walked away with 800 pounders from only one day on the water but as with anything the more time you spend the more you’re likely to be rewarded with a good sized catch. This is an even more attractive option than usual ‘cause you can snorkel or dive in the day on the spectacular reef and then get down to the heavy tackle fishing in the afternoon. As well as the big Blue Marlin, Black Marlin hang around the edge of the continental shelf and you can see big trevally.

In October the real pros converge for the Lizard Island Black Marlin Classic where you can see some inspiring game fishing. Over seven days 40 odd boats with experienced heavy tackle teams fish for grown up Black Marlin.

Written by  Adam Teller.

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