This is the smallest Billfish I ever caught in 55 years of Big Game Fishing. I believe it is an Atlantic Long billed Spearfish ?
Early days in service with the RN on sea trials on the Solent.
Seen here with one of three Granders caught in two days on AVALON.
Emilio Botin from Santander Spain with two granders - 1050 and 1014.
Watching on while Doug Lewis takes the wire. He was pretty to watch.
Hauling out in the winter of 1996 for the major rebuild.
First job at the start of the rebuild was to cut off the house. There were no engines there either !!
Getting started with the floor.
The house under construction.
Engines are in. Two V8 540 Perkins diesels.
The house nearing completion. There was no plan, no drawings - I just put everything where I knew it had to go.
The cockpit looking getting there. I would like to do it all again but without the budget constraints.
engines are in. 2 x V8 540 Perkins diesels.
Under way at last - August 1998.
David Hugarts with a Big Eye Tuna - 1989. BET can be found off Madeira almost every month of the year and are World Record size.
First Grander on the Avalon was a new Australian record - 1231 lb.
Jo Jo with his first fish over 1,000.
Jo Jo with the new Australian record - 1271. I was going to release this fish for 850 lb. IGFA angling rules were changed because of this fish.
D Mead Johnson with World record 1218 lb on 80 lb test. On the way into Cooktown from number 10 Ribbon Reef.
George Bransford, myself and Pepe with a record mackerel. We did not realize the size until it had been dressed - Oops !!!
I waited 8 years for the fish to return.
Wahoo on light gear is a blast in Madeira because there is little or no shark problem.
At work on the bench.
Waiting for the bite.
Laser Pro by HALCO. A fantastic lure and thats where they come from - Neil Patrick and Tim as above.
Using the snooter and de-hooker for release.
Coming along side - nice and easy.
Howard Williams captures the moment.
Baby hatchet marlin ?
Billfish Foundation donation - fund raiser. . The night they auctioned off the Legends book. L to R. Brazzaka - myself - Peter Wright - Ellen Peel - Pat Mancell - Bouncer Smith - Ron Hamlyn. We did well.
A 450 lb Blue Marlin caught by Graham McKinnon - then Minister of Fisheries WA. Myself as boat Capt, afterwards took a cast and made the fish mount.
They can jump !!
Mackerel fishing from my old dory - off the beach and thru the surf every day. Twice a day in summer. good old days. Best days of my life.
Big Tigers became a problem for black marlin fishermen on the GBR.
An 800 right outside the harbor - for Luc.
Duarte gets a closeup.
Blue Marlin Grander.
Blue Marlin attack.
crashing the switch.
Karl with his second fish over 1,000 on July 3. Next day - 4th July in the World Cup, we caught nothing !!
A beautiful fish - 900 - right outside Funchal harbor.
Luc with an 800. Hang on Luc !!!
One of a double header. Not a good shot of this fish - was way over a grand. The other one was 700.
Jerry Pezzimenti with his first fish.
Katherine in the chair.
Peter Fox gets a nice one.
Katherine with her first Big Eye Tuna.
Katherine Bristow releases a potential junior WR.
Some years the BET stay all year long.
Luc in action. A great heavy tackle angler.
The Marlin Jetty with a crowd to watch a new Aussie record being weighed. Jo Jo and Jock Izatt on the left and Daphne Nielsen to the right. Jo Bethune weigh master.