\(top)\**The freshly speared, recently lost black marlin**
\(below)\**Game fishing boat \Mercury\ hooked up with black marlin**
We’d just arrived at the small bunch of rocks off Point Lookout (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) where the water is quite deep.
A visiting game fishing boat was hooked up with a small black marlin. The fish made a few jumps then the line broke.
**Trevor Collins** slipped over the side of our boat with a \SeaRocket\ gas gun and secured the fish. From memory it weighed 78 pounds and was purchased by a local restaurant.
The reconstructed spear fishing scene was included in my first documentary \Aquarius – People and Wildlife of the Sea\ (1970).
It was meritorious as one of the first, or the first black marlin speared in Australia – under unusual circumstances which kept it out of the record book.
The boat’s name **Mercury** is visible on an enlarged version. I asked **Peter Bristow** via email if he might know who owned the boat.
Peter is a former Point Lookout- based fisherman. From about 1970 he pioneered big game fishing in Australia at Cairns, North Queensland, and subsequently helped put that northern sleepy town on the international must-see tourist map of the world.
Here is Bristow’s reply from the island of Madeira where he now lives:
My God yes. The owner and driving the boat is Steve Murphy. He was a close friend of Bob Dyer. The guy on the rod is his son Rick and standing next to him is his son-in- law, Jack. They were all close friends of mine. Steve was chief engineer at Bulimba Brewery in Brisbane and a constant source of free beer!! From memory, that(incident) took place somewhere near Boat Rock off Point Lookout–Correct?
It would have been mid to late 60’s ??? The boat was built by Clem Masters at Cabbage Tree Creek, Shorncliffe, Brisbane. It originally had Mercury outboards; hence the name. It was 30 feet long. He then replaced them with inboard-outboard drives. I was a regular crew on it when I lived in Brisbane and even went to the launching.
Thanks for the Memory.