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Marlin Editor Dave Ferrell Spends 5 Days on the Great Barrier Reef With the Boys From Pelagic

January 23, 2013
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Here’s a five-day fishing trip in Cairns, Australia, boiled down to 100 photos, give or take a few! This trip took place over Thanksgiving 2012 aboard Kekoa with Capt. Luke Fallon. 1. Cairns in the summer sun.
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Heading out on a cloudy day.
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Using the big Accurate 130s on this trip.
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Our second mate, Jack, sporting his Pelagic gear.
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Fishing for bait on the way out.
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Pelagic’s new sunglasses on Jack’s head
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Birds and bait nearing the reef.
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The super homemade mudflap teaser and lure combo — ugly yet effective!
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Ron Kawaja won the first fish on the trip.
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Tony Berkowitz rocking his abs and inner Spielberg.
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And the first fish is … a fat yellowfin.
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Hauling the tuna into the boat.
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Mike Curtis (left) caught one too.
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Group hug over the prospect of eating fresh sashimi for a week!
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Berky doing his thing on a real one!
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Berky’s first little black marlin going up …
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Up …
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And back down.
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Berky’s fish raging …
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The first of three whale-shark encounters!
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Ron jumps in for a close-up …
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He’s not very big …
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… for a huge whale shark. This one was the smallest one we saw.
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Monster on the teaser!
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Ron’s first blue of the trip.
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Getting the lure back …
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Little blue one …
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Mako on the lure!
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Getting this lure back was a bit tricky.
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Sharks have sharp, nasty teeth …
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I don’t think he’s really smiling.
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The first big black piles on a dead bait.
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About 700 pounds, this fish threw its stomach early in the fight.
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Black marlin raging.
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Big black on the leader.
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A little black eats a pitch bait!
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The 200-pounder likes to jump around!
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Wheeeeee …
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Curtis fighting stand-up on the little guy.
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Little black at boat-side … looks bigger than we thought!
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Enormous 1,220 caught on Tradition.
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Another little black … and Ron’s turn …
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… to fish standing up.
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Raging black marlin.
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Berky napping … he’s old, so he deserves a rest.
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Another little blue dog eats a lure!
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And another black one!
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Surging on the leader …
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Jack on the leader with little black.
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Curtis working hard in the chair on a nice one!
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A 700-pounder jumping around far out …
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But we are getting closer!
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Nice shot going away!
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Raging black marlin!
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Jack waiting on the leader.
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She’s coming …
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UP!
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Big back!
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Going away …
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Big head shot.
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Bigger head shot.
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Almost all the way out …
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Niiice!
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Big girl pulling hard …
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It’s a big one.
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Coming up again, lit like a Christmas tree.
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Head shake.
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Turning broadside! That’s a cover shot!
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Massive head.
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Trying to get the lure back.
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Still trying.
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Still trying.
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And still trying.
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Ron on the last fish of the trip. Turned out to be a wahoo.
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Back at the dock, met up with Randy Baker and …
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Capt. Bill Billson, world-famous captain on Viking 11.
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A quick tour of Cairns’ tackle shops before coming home with a stop at Erskine’s Tackle World.
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A quick tour of Cairns’ tackle shops before coming home.
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