Around the well-known haunts, there were some encouraging signs that we might see a good run of kingfish this year with some good fish coming from Port Islands and the harbour itself with more legal fish than rats at present.
All the fish fell to slow trolled or down rigged live baits with squid and slimy mackerel being the gun baits.
Recently, a game fish recapture form was submitted by a local fisher from a remote village outside of General Santos City, Philippines.
Nelson B Lupa had just returned from a trip where he captured a tagged blue marlin estimated at 100kg.
A quick search of the database found that the estimated 95 kilo blue was tagged east of 'The Carpark' offshore of Port Stephens, on November 24, 2018 by Ben Knott.
The fish spent 182 days at liberty and was caught over 2373 nautical miles from its original release location to be the second furthest distance travelled by a recaptured blue marlin since the program began in 1973.