The Black Marlin (Istiompax indica) is one of the largest and fastest bony fish on the planet, reaching speeds of 130km/h and 750kg. They are found throughout tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, however, in Spring, they come to the waters off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland to spawn. From September to December Black Marlin can be fished, the vast majority of which are tagged and released.
The Viking II, captained by Billy Billson, started it's 2014 Black Marlin season with one at 200kg at Lena and another at 175kg in the capable hands of Dave 'Bagwah' McPherson. Here's a quick glimpse at some of the shots from the trip in the scenic surrounds of tropical far north Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.