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September 30th 2007
Record black marlin landed off Magnetic

Tom Hatrick and Mark Hislop at the weigh in. "Relieved and ecstatic" was how Magnetic Island electrician Mr Mark Hislop described the landing of this huge fish which he caught off Myrmidon Reef yesterday. The female black marlin was officially weighed today and reached 1109lb, a Townsville record for this species.

The landing and keeping of the fish was, according to Townsville Game Fishing President, Tom Hatrick, who skippered the boat, "The second marlin we have not tagged and released in nine years of fishing."

According to Mr Hatrick the fish had died for unknown reasons when it was brought beside the Rose Red, Mr Hislop's recently purchased game fishing boat. Usual game fishing methods include a measurement of the fish in the water before tagging and release.

"It was surrounded by sharks" said Mr Hislop who was very surprised the marlin was not actually attacked by them.

For the record, the fish weighed 503kgs or 1109lbs, was a total length of 14 feet or 4.26 metres and 80 inches or 203cms in girth. Tom Hatrick believes the fish to be about 8 years old.

The largest black marlin caught previously off Townsville was 960lbs. The world record for a black marlin caught by a game fisher was 1560lb off the coast of Peru in 1953. The Australian record for a black marlin is 654kgs or 1442lbs and was caught off Cairns in 1973. Tom Hatrick believes however that a Japanese long lining vessel, which he said, "kill thousands of marlin per year," caught a black marlin in excess of 1000kgs or over 2200 lbs.

Tom Hatrick and Mark Hislop with the "Big Boofa"

It was the first marlin Mark Hislop had ever caught and he told Magnetic Times, "I used a "Big Boofa" lure. It jumped six times and tore off 500 metres of 130lb line and then began a tug of war which lasted two and three quarter hours. There were only four of us on board and we couldn't lift it in and we had to get crews from two other boats to jump aboard and help."

According to Tom Hatrick, the big game fishing area off Townsville is fairly small due to the distance required to travel out and the limited anchorages around the, nearest, Myrmidon Reef. "This year the lighter game fishing has been quieter but, surprisingly, the big fish are more active. It may be due to the colder winter we've had."

Mark Hislop plans to have the fish mounted and displayed somewhere on Magnetic Island.

The end of the line for a magnificent marlin

It is unlikely that the fish will be eaten due to the build up of toxins in fish of such a size and age as well as a coarsening of the flesh as the fish ages.

Story & photos copyright George Hirst 2007

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Record black marlin landed off Magnetic
Wendy Tubman
October 1st 2007
Spin and rationalise as much as you like guys - the fact is that you killed (sorry, for some reason, I just don't buy "died for unknown reasons when it was brought beside the [boat]") a magnificent animal, that was playing a perfectly useful role in the ecological chain for no other purpose than 'fun'. Do you feel big yet? I, for one, will never patronise any establishment on Magnetic Island that displays this creature and will discourage others from so doing. Is this the brash, insenstive, unsustainable future for Magnetic Island heralded by the brash, insensitive and unsustainable concrete ghetto at Nelly Bay Harbour that we can expect?
harry cox
October 1st 2007
I think its sad that the fish died but a good catch tom and mark
Eric V
October 1st 2007
If fish could scream, sport fishing would be outlawed.
James Mc Lellan
October 1st 2007
If you do quick a Google search you will find an AIMS paper that tells you that while there is no fully validated method of determining the age of a black marlin, the research done to date suggests that a fish of this size would have been much more than 8 years old, probably more like 20. This magnificent creature roamed the ocean for all these years only to become a victim to the last publicly accepted blood sport.

Imagine the public outrage if someone hooked a lion, tiger or panther through the mouth then chased it around in a 4x4 until the stress and exhaustion killed it. I hope that someday our society acknowledge marine wildlife as being as worthy of our respect and protection as any other wild creature. Perhaps then sport fishing will attract the same social stigma as big game hunting and the same legal penalties as any other deliberate cruelty to animals.
October 1st 2007
Neanderthal mentality by two Neanderthals from an island full of nednecks.

RIP little fishy
October 1st 2007
Remember when Torres Strait pigeons were shot in their thousands for 'sport' at the Brook Islands near Hinchinbrook? By the late 1960s their numbers were down to a few hundred and, thanks to the tireless efforts of a few determined people, shooting was finally banned. Fortunately, this miniscule government intervention had the desired effect and now the pigeon population has recovered - to the commercial (tourism) and social benefit of the entire region.
Last week I was reading the detailed complaints of various members of the commercial fishing and trawling industry about their exclusion from 25-30% of the GBR Marine Park to allow stocks (of seafood) to recover. There is no doubt that some conservation and sustainability measures are necessary after about 30 years of serious commercial flogging combined with the impacts of fast-expanding "recreational" fishing and now insidious global warming. These days, the remaining commercial fishers are doing well - rationalisation has again benefitted the entire community.
But "game" fishing is not the same as "recreational" fishing where at least there is a possibility of the catch being eaten. I know big boats and big rods mean heaps to testosterone unchallenged humans but really, is size all that important? Anyway, this fish was a girl. Doesn't that count for anything?
When the day comes that this form of indulgence is outlawed I don't think there'll be a sympathetic outcry. For me, that day can't come soon enough.
October 1st 2007
Hey to all the people having a whine about bringing a dead fish into port, remember, it died during the fight it wasn't killed. There was nothing illegal about this, you people would be better off watching your kids and friends visiting from down south fishing off the Picnic Bay jetty, catching all sorts of undersized fish and after dagging around trying to rip the hook from it's mouth, then throw the fish through a 5 mtr drop to the water and tell everyone that you practice "catch and release" fishing. These fish rarely survive, so where's the critisism for them. As sorry as we all are to see such a magnificent fish die, I don't think trying to crucify one individual is going to achieve much except make all of you feel a little better about your own past mistakes. Remember, in 9 years of fishing for Marlin from this boat this was only the 2nd Marlin not returned to the water, this is why the waters around Townsville remain one of the most prolific Billfishing grounds in the North.
And yes, I fish, for a feed.

October 1st 2007
share plz?
October 1st 2007
Nice fish mate good work
October 1st 2007
"The Truth"

Fish are all the same
they just look different,
People catergerize that..
Many of "Gods" men look different,
But if there was a $50 note hanging on a hook
They would all approach the same,
How do u catergerize Humans?!?
"Go Fishing?!?"
Tony Cuthbertson
October 1st 2007
I was deeply saddened to see the slaughtered marlin. I was even more saddened when I saw the unfortunate animal, after being displayed by the 'heroic team', dumped back in the water via the Nelly Bay boat ramp. All in the name of ego.
October 1st 2007
Tony, You are misinforming the public here, the Marlin was placed in a refrigerated truck at 1.00pm Sunday and sent to Cairns on Monday morning. Why is it that most you so called do gooders embelish the truth to gain max date you have no cred.......Oh, and who's ego are we massaging here Tony????
Dave Paterson
October 1st 2007
Good work Mark. It was a fight and To the victor go the spoils. I hope I'm home in time for the next one.
Brodie Grant
October 2nd 2007
i helped it in the boat.. i was one of the other nine that helped pull it through the door of the boat...
Tony Cuthbertson
October 2nd 2007
Cecil if you would like to see the photos I will forward them to you.
October 2nd 2007
Although I find it sad that such a magnificant fish was killed - I would like to say that Cecil you are VERY right! Okay they hooked the fish, but it would have died in the fight. A fish that size being dragged along by a line for 2.75hrs would be dead by the time it got to the boat - wouldn't you be? I have had a similar experience with a 93cm barra I caught, took me ages to get it to the baot - but admittedly I ate that. Cecil knocked the nail on the head - what about all the UNDERSIZE fish caught? Are you all gunna whinge about that too - cause that's worse as they never even had a chance to breed. I find it sad and a waste that the fish wasn't eaten - but how would they have known it was dead until they brought it to the boat? For all we know they thought it was alive and were going to tag it and release it- cause that is what GAME fishers do! And if they saw it was dead and left it in the water to be eaten by sharks, would you have believed them? Then there would be more people whinging that it was a waste that they didn't bring it back to be mounted and put in the museum (pub or whatever) for the thousands of tourists and kiddies to enjoy - and to make more money for Maggie Island and the tourism industry.
I would just like to ask - all those people having a go - are you all vegetarians? do you buy fish/seafood from the fish shops? Do you know how they died or how big they were before they were filleted?
Len M
October 2nd 2007
Perhaps more captures such as this will help highlight to the public the damage commercial /longline fishing is doing to this fishery not recreational fishing.
Do your reasearch before you condemn this capture.
October 2nd 2007
Tony, my apologies, I have since found out that they did indeed take fish back out to sea. Please disregard my earlier comment regarding misinformation. I still don't believe your "ego" comment is warranted though.
October 2nd 2007
What point is Catherine trying to make when she suggests that "for all we know they thought...."
Think about it Catherine. They never intended to eat it. They never do. They never intended to do anything except get the photo, even if some suckers like Cecil fell for the "refrigerated truck to Cairns" baloney. They couldn't admit (even to themselves) that they were going to dump the catch of the day - just like trawlers used to do with all the so-called 'by-catch' they dredged off the clearfelled seabed.
Since Cecil has now shamefacedly admitted that he proposed this pathetic explanation without a skerrick of evidence, his viewpoint and all the credibility (and ego massage) he hoped would come with it, can be dismissed without evidence (thankyou Christopher Hitchens for the fine line of debating logic).
Which leaves Catherine up the same narrowing creek in a similar leaky boat, tide running out, without so much as a toothpick for a paddle.
October 2nd 2007
Geez Chas, it was an apology to Tony for getting it wrong, but hey, you and your debating logic advisors carry on with the spray..........ok.
October 2nd 2007
chasmac - let me guess you are one of the island rednecks in a green shirt ?
October 3rd 2007
at least they used the appropriate and personalised lure
October 3rd 2007
chasmac-wake up to your self if the marlin was still alive when it got to the boat it would of been tagged and released just the same as every other game fish we catch.we do it as a sport and we are all about catch and release.we want my kids to have the same chances as we do to catch these fish. if you think its un humane then you betta not eat meet or fish as they are killed either with a bullet between there eyes or there throats cut or drowned in nets so think about that and then have somethin to say.
October 3rd 2007
I think that it is a rather small Is for so many big opinions.
All chatter aside.
How would anyone make a start on such a place with out going to the sea. I don't think any one would live there without the fishermen in your past. How many of you drank mom's milk after she had a serving or two of fresh filets?
People who grow up in glass houses should not throw stones, the fall out could be terribly injurious to some unintended victems.

I find humorous to see some so concerned about animals feelings and have a total lack of empathy for their brothers feelings although both walk on two feet.
I was taught that you get more bees with honey than with viniger.

I am all for being a good steward of our limited Earthly resources, but I think that you spend way too much energy where it is undeserved. A better place to direct your efforts is toward the aforementioned Long Line boats who kill thousands of these "magnificent fish" monthly along with several other speciecs like swordfish the toll goes into the millions and has driven many to the point of extinction. International laws need to be passed and enforced for catch limits and locations allowed.

If you had never seen this article, if this fish would never have been caught, what would you be mad about today and how would you use that anger to make your world better?

Sounds to me like a lot of this anger was here before these boys caught this fish.

Peter Pakula
October 3rd 2007
I think it is fantastic that so many people care about our fish and are upset at the death of one of those very special fish. I am upset about it too, they are very special to me as well.
Dani C
October 3rd 2007
Whichever way you choose to look at it, here is a situation where men go out to sea with the specific intention to find and fight with large fish, which are either damaged or killed in the process. These days there is no longer a need to do this from the perspective of bringing food home to feed the family. This torture and damage to individual animals is done purely for 'fun', 'entertainment' and 'sport'. More importantly, there is the collateral damage to the ecosystem of removing top predators from the food chain. These large and relatively rare animals keep populations of their prey healthy by removing diseased and defective individuals. Isn't it time to think more carefully about why we do things, and the effects our actions have on the world around us?
Peter Pakula
October 3rd 2007
Ok Dani,
If only it was all that simple, let
October 3rd 2007
Let me get this straight, Peter P. You say if you "...don't go gamefishing, [and] remove the only thing from the system that protects them [the marlin]", they will become extinct. Gee, like they hang out there waiting to be thrown a lifeline? And having been dragged around for a couple of hours until they are totally stuffed they are "tagged and released" and, almost without exception, never seen again. We have no idea whether they survive or not. There is virtually no quantitative evidence.
I think marlin were around for a little while before humans with big rods came along. If marlin numbers are in decline lately is Peter P suggesting it's only coincidence and nothing to do with the arrival of humans with big rods [and big boats and long lines]?
Peter should drop out of Creator School and return to Hunter / Gathering 101. Catch something edible, take it home to the barbie, wash it down with a cold beer and go to bed. Hopefully, life would get a whole lot simpler.
Nikki G
October 3rd 2007
Congratualtions to the team behind this catch! It is a great effort to catch a marlin let alone one of such size. I am impressed.

Bringing it in for the weigh is fine by me, it leads to prove that there are animals of that size out there and the photos will spread worldwide to only result as a boost in tourism for this area.

I have done my homework, most marlins die by brutle causes and long line fishing. Considering that 99% of marlins hooked are tagged and release I dont see why 1 animal being weighed is creating such a stir. In fact had the fish been caught then released it would of probably been made into lunch by sharks. I think its what they refer to as the food chain......

October 3rd 2007
Strange, isn't it? We have (or most of us have) respect for the right of wild birds and mammals to live their lives without being hunted down by humans for sport. But fish? Is it because they are so different from us that we cannot identify with the pain and panic they feel when caught? But we equip our kids with fishing rods and send them off to catch undersized fish on the jetty - and when they become older and richer we are proud when they go out and catch these huge and magnificent animals - yes, they ARE animals just as much as we are - and the name of this sport? Big GAME fishing. I wonder how much the marlin enjoyed being hooked and then "played" to exhaustion and death?
Maybe one day we will grow up and not have to boost our egos by playing these games?
Killing to eat is unpleasant and unfortunate - but Man is an omnivore and a certain amount of animal food is probably necessary to live at the peak of fitness (though I have vegetarian friends who would dispute this fervently). But killing for sport is cruel and unnecessary.
So most marlins are caught by long-line fisheries? That's wrong too - but as my Mum always used to say; "Two wrongs don't make a right".
Peter Pakula
October 3rd 2007
Chasmac, let me put it so you can understand it.

Gamefishermen kill very few fish. In the Club I'm president of, not a single marlin has EVER been weighed at the club by a member.

The average size of a gameboat in Austrlia is 18 to 20 foot long and on a trailer not 50'.

Only game fishermen have prevented the female black marlin from being targeted by longliners. It's a population that is easily targeted and would be wiped out in a very short time.

Only gamefishermen are trying to lessen the damage done by longliners worldwide.

Since you last investigated the mortality of marlin tagged and released there have been studies using sateletite tags that have shown that the survival rate is far higher than even the most postive fishermen had guessed.

Longliners have bracelets and necklaces made out of NSW marlin tags they have recovered. No not all longliners are bad, and no not all gamefishermen are rich guys playing an ego driven sport.

I don't eat fish of any sort, I don't kill bait to catch fish. I try as hard as I can to not destroy what I came to enjoy and probably care a lot more about the oceans than many here why cry about consecvation using computers that caused more greenhouse gases and used more water than they'd like to admit wearing cotton shirts whose fertalisers are destroying the GBR which is the Black Marlins habitat faster than they'd like to admit.

The most surprising thing to me about the capture is there was one in that polluted water, but I guess they have nowhere else to go.

You want to pick a fight because that's the Aussie way of jealousy of a percieved rich guy having fun, doing something you'll never work hard enough to earn the money so you can do it yourself.

Bottom line is you can, it's not just a rich man's sport.

Australia used to be a free country.

Nikki G
October 3rd 2007
+ 1 to what you have just said Peter Pakula.

Classing game fishing as a rich man's sport is ridiculous. Why dont you pop down and speak face to face with some of the more dedicated angler in the game fishing clubs? Why not attend a meeting and find out for yourself that most participants in the sport are your average joe blows who spend all their money on what they enjoy. Just in the same way a car enthusaist spends all their dollars on their vehicles. But then does that mean that if you own a nice car your a RICH MAN as well. Pfft, i think not.

Nice attempt to stereotype Game Fisher Persons.
Wendy Tubman
October 3rd 2007
Nicky, Nicky, Nicky, dear. It was Peter, who you appear to support wholeheartedly, who first used the term 'rich man's sport'; you were the second and only other. More thought, less bluster, please.
Seadoo Guy
October 3rd 2007
Sounds like alot of sour grapes for those who lost the Nelly Bay Harbour Battle. Well done guys this fish will only bolster the attraction to Magnetic Island. Hopefully in the near future we'll see the sky line adorned with game boat towers. Welcome to the long overdue future of the Island. Time for an address change wingers, by the way get a job and shave your legs.
October 3rd 2007
Nothing said about rich people. Nothing said about 50 foot boats - although I'd have to say that amongst the convoys of gamefishing boats seen leaving Cairns, the Whitsundays and Townsville for the outer GBR (let alone the TV footage from the US), I've personally never seen an 18 footer.
Why not compare very large marlin (or whale sharks or sunfish or giant squid or great white sharks) with the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)? Blue whales were hunted nearly to extinction but are now entirely protected - worldwide. We don't need to see a Blue Whale carved up in a factory ship or hung on a hook at the harbour to be aware that they exist and are truly awesome creatures. Except in narrowly defined scientific experiments, gamefishers, particularly "your average joe blows", can't tell us anything that Henry Melville didn't cover 150 years ago in his book 'Moby Dick'. And Nikki G. is not the only person in the world who has gone out in a boat fishing. It's a great pastime with numerous pleasures and fascinations, not all of them associated with the fish, the boat or the sea. For most though, going fishing is not about trophies.
So for Peter P. let me put it so you can understand it. It's the trophy hunting that makes the difference. You want the trophy and you want it now. I don't need it at all.
Nikki G
October 3rd 2007
Wendy, Wendy, Wendy, dear.
I agree with the most of what Peter has said however I disagree with the sport being labelled the rich mans sport, where is the problem? I fish in the sport and my bank balance is nothign to brag about!!!

Seadoo Guy, I agree with you on in saying it will bolster the overdue attraction to Maggie, but no doubt when that happens it too will be complained about.

All in All this topic is becoming a sledging match. But the fishers and passionate about being fishermen, and the greens are passionate about being greens, each to their own really. At the end of the day some people like to sit at home and have a whinge.
Peter Pakula
October 3rd 2007

Moby Dick was a fictional book. I know because I was there.

Whalers at that time couldn't read or write. You do at times have to see the ludicrous side of things.

Chasmac here's a link to the sort of fishing tournies I run....

Only one trophy if someone releases their first marlin first. No other trophies, no points at all, no rules, 100% of all money goes to the charity. Not at all what you imagined is it.
October 3rd 2007
Too true, too true.......Nikki G
October 3rd 2007
dear wendy i think you should be on the national geographic site or conservation of whales maybe, i killed /caught a 4 kg snapper yesterday ate it with my family shame /shame /shame, well done guys great fish 8years old same age as my snapper
October 3rd 2007
I would like to say, as a game fisherman affiliated with NSWGFA and also involved with commercial longlining I read with interest how human beings are so divided over the capture of this black marlin. No one should be able to tell the owner/captain/angler or whoever what to do in reference to their sport/pastime/hobbie or business. This is what they set out to do and in doing so they achieved the desired result, it is that simple. Over the years I have sat back and not said much at all over these issues. What they did is not illegal !! This crew achieved their ultimate desire within the "code of practice". They pay the money for their sport, no one can tell anyone what they can do, get off your backsides and pinch yourself, if hit hurts then welcome to the REAL WORLD.
October 4th 2007
Presumably a small fish would feel the same pain as a big fish, yet not many of us object in the way people have here to the killing of them (or how they are killed) as long as it's legal! As long as catching this marlin was legal what really is the difference, and if you think there is one where do you draw the line on size?
October 5th 2007
how many greenies here have actually done anything (apart from winge)to save our fisheries.if you really look at the facts sportfishers spend more money and time actually doing stuff to protect the resource for the future than you think.
October 5th 2007
Peter said it best "lets look at the results".

What is the total route prescibed by the "greenies"?

What if we took the whole train of thought and followed it to the end?

What if every whim and desire of the green set were granted?

Outlaw all habitation on the Island. Outlaw all all processed foods...get rid of all clothing (pausing a moment to think about that one).
No houses, no schools, no boats, no electricity, no roads, no i-pods, no hot water, no gas, no cars, no tooth brushes, no computers, no emails.

What would the end result be... scrape the Island replant and then leave forever?

Hmmm if only the practicing were the same as the preaching. But what really does give us the right to force our beliefs on others. Why do we think that our wants are more important than other peoples desires? This is why it is more important to provide facts and education to sway the reasoning and intelligent man. A decision made for yourself will always stand but we all know what happens to an opinion forced on any of us.

I don't believe fish feel pain as do animals on land. They don't marry or divorce... now there is some real PAIN. The belief that they don't feel is convienient for my practice of fishing, but still I know that a cow feels the cattle prod and we kill and eat them by the thousands every day.
Even If I were a VEGAN some one has to plant the veggies and use fertilizer and insecticides. (Do insects feel as fish? Does it hurt them when they are poisened?) Do the tractors and harvesting equipment use veggies too, and the factories that make the equipment and chemicals?
Oh boy my head hurts!
I would rather my opponent be a 1109lb Marlin than the lowley aphid, but there are people who murder aphids by the trillions in order to persue their love of farming. Where's the public outcry for them?
Some conservation is necesary for our own survival but moderation and common sense has to prevail on both sides of every issue. I believe in taking only what I can eat and leaving as small a footprint as possible. This means I have a smaller boat than I could otherwise and it has a smaller engine than the largest one availible.
All the same I enjoy fishing very much, at times it is the fish that catches the man, the beautiful solitude of the open water and blue sky beckon me irrepressibly, therefore I fish.
(insert "Old Man and The Sea")
I would like to apoligize to the Longliner who commented earlier in these posts. It is easy to blame commercial fishing with the demise of billfish species, but in fact there are markets for them or there would be no commercialization of the fish. It is also convienient to my fishing ventures to try to eliminate such efficient competition. Although no one will benefit if they are caught to extinction.

The truth of the matter is that good is wrought by all groups represented here, I don't think anyone would argue the benifit of GBR perserves, or refuse the monies brought by fishing and turism, and all are greatful for the fresh fish at the market.

Me I'm going fishing.

October 5th 2007
That's right Peter P. Only one trophy. That's one trophy this time (this trip, this competition, this photo opportunity) and another (one) trophy next time (tomorrow, next client, next advertising event). If only the charity that received "100% of all money" was devoted to marine conservation. But that would make the whole thing pointless wouldn't it?
McHale, if you believe so passionately that " one can tell anyone what they can do...", why do you then suggest (in the very same sentence) that readers "...get off your backsides and pinch yourself..."?
Seadoo Guy
October 5th 2007
On closer inspection of this site I quickly realise that rather than a useful public promotion of Magnetic Island ,it is in fact a well uncastrated platform for the extreme green movement to spread their poison and seriously damage the perception of this Island. By throwing out a seemingly unbiased news worthy stories ( eg. Blue on Blue tour) it then invites in a stream of negative comments from a very small minority to then tear the story to shreds. You're quite a champion for your cause George, I personally think this is absolutely disgraceful. Make note of the reoccurring knockers names ,same people, same agendas. I have stayed at Bright Point on one occasion myself ,which by the way won a state-wide design award, and I loved every minute I was there. Green with envy when chatting with somebody who actually lives there.
Unfortunately this rubbish is what people read about the Island when Googling. Shame on you!!!
October 5th 2007
Chasmac, you are a true about beating up a "dead fish"......let it go.....
George Hirst
October 5th 2007
As you can see by the inclusion of your comment Seadoo Guy we accept all comers. I have no intention of stopping comments reflectig one view as much as any other although at times I edit or decline comments on the grounds of them being overly personally abusive, racist or defamatory. It's what we call freedom of speech. Ed.
October 6th 2007
Being a fisher I appreciate the challenge, skill and committment to catch such a fish. However I would have to question the claim that most of these fish survive. Yes I agree that a very high proportion of smaller marlin would survive, because the time taken to catch, tag and release is relatively short. But the probability of a fish surviving after an extended 2 Hr plus battle must be very low. Denial will only bring about critisism. Perhaps the Game fishing club should introduce a rule that fishers can only fight a fish for a limited amount of time (say 1 Hr) and then require it is cut free. That catch could still be claimed, but the benefit would be that the fish survives to breed and fight another day. I see no value in a photo of a fish that suffered and died unnecessarily.

Also, is the population of marlin at Myrmidon a spawning aggregatoin. If so, would it not make sense to leave them alone to ensure successful breeding for future generations of fish.?
October 9th 2007
I thought the whole point of game fishing is to try and catch the biggest fish possible yet when someone does they get ostasized and looked upon as being a 'wanker' or a 'redneck'. It is a sport, it is legal and you know what they say, there's plenty of fish in the sea. Top catch Mark, mount it on the wall and I'll see you tonight for some shark fin soup.
Peter F Hughes
October 9th 2007
Why Looky,
Its Bob and Dolly Dyer using the last of the the hydrocarbons to once again chase Marlin in the Coral Sea. I think that if we put aside global warming, endangered species, pollution permits, carbon taxes and environmental laws, we could totally rape this little planet.
Bob and Dolly's generation certainly had a good crack at it.
The ivory hunters in Africa had a decent go at it.
Oh yeah, the whalers, including our Japanese scientific researchers are in on the same game as well.
Tag and release? Torture is a better word.
The Bob and Dolly days are coming to an end.
Lets face it, solar powered canoes will soon be the transport these fishermen will have. Or perhaps a lure behind a sailboat will be the only chance they will have to prove their manhood.
No, these sportsfishers will continue to do this until we run out of diesel.
Peter F. Hughes
Waurn Ponds
Damien B
October 9th 2007
It is sad that a beautiful fish died!
I am into game fishing, and have tagged and released marlin and other species. I can asure you that we all love fish - that is the reason we go fishing. I know that if tagged correctly, a vast majority of fish do survive. A marlin tagged on the east coast was recaptured off Africa!! I have recaptured fish with a tag that I applied only 10 hours before. This fish obviously was not harmed any more than a school kid obtaining a piercing.
I beleive fish may be stressed and suffer from lactic acid build up after a prolonged fight, but these fish, due to natural selection are as fit as our top athletes and can overcome this stress, the proof is there.
PS. Fish dont feel pain from hooks as other animals would. Try eating a live crab!! That would hurt us, but fish love em.
October 9th 2007
Okay CHASMAC I think you need to get a life or get your facts straight. Or better still, maybe if you could read properly you would have understood what I said. But then again, I am stranded up a narrowing creek, so how can I talk. Mr "I have nothing better to do then slander other people" CHASMAC, I was simply stating that HOW DID THEY KNOW IT WAS DEAD UNTIL THEY BROUGHT IT UP TO THE BOAT. GAME FISHERMAN CATCH AND TAG AND RELEASE, WITH A FEW PICTURES FOR THEIR VICTORY. THEY DIDN'T INTEND TO GO OUT AND KILL IT. THEY CAUGHT A HUGE FISH, AND IT DIED IN THE FIGHT. EXTREMELY SAD, BUT IT WAS NOT INTENTIONAL. Do you think you can read that now? Unless you have Bsc. Science in Marine Biology and Fisheries with an Honours degree. PULL YOUR HEAD IN!
whoops hang on, there goes the last plug. my boat's gone under now..... gurgle gurgle
I never advocated what was done, but all I am saying is that it wasn't intentional to kill the poor thing. It's dead now, and its awful sad. And I KNOW THEY NEVER INTENDED TO EAT IT. Unless they wanna die of ciguatera posioning!
October 9th 2007
I don't want to know what you nasty humans think about my, or other species life, for or against, just take a good look at your rotten selves. You are so conceited, selfish, think you own the planet. Not that it owns you if you want to save yourselves from extinction. Stop overbreeding and swaggering around thinking you have all the answers. Even the best of you aren't much chop. SAVE THE PLANET. Indeed save yourselves by being kinder and considerate not only to marlin but even your miserable species.
October 9th 2007
One would hope that seedoo guy would refrain from closer inpection of this site because when he writes anything its full of venomous shit.
PoP NoTcH!!
October 13th 2007
Thats Gold!
November 26th 2007
fish caught in Big nets by Japoanese Whaler's
December 20th 2007
Awesome Fish Guys well Done Only Hope I Can Hook One Of These Great Fish One Day. And i'm sure she would have been tagged and released like the other 99.9% you capture are. Awesome Job
john s
April 25th 2008
I have just come across this site looking for articles on Myrmidon Reef seeing as I am one of the many gamefisherman who embrace our sport in this country, ordinarily I would not consider some of the garbage written here worthy of response and regard my sport as undefensible if it is lumped in with the likes of whaling. But there is no way I will let any two bit wannabe computer hack question the integrity of some one like Peter Pakula who apart from being a true humanitarian these days has done more for the conservation of billfish on a worldwide scale than any of you ever have. If you don't believe me google his name and see what you come up with! Any way enough of this I have better things to do with my time, I'm going fishing.....
Leonard Hatrick
March 22nd 2009
Hi Tom how are you my name is Len Hatrick i am from Ardee Co Louth Ireland have you any connections from Ireland


Hamish Caird
August 26th 2009
Hi Mark, we met at the Cadrona Pub last thursday, like I promised Ineke and I are leaving our contact details here for ya so we can take you shooting some deer and pigs next time your over.
Cheers mate take it easy and dont worry about all those tree huggers commenting on your awesome catch.
Hamish and Ineke

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