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Our Australian Marlin Fishing Expedition

My 1st catch of the day – a mahi-mahi.

I mentioned in a blog post last week that my hubby and I were going Marlin fishing! We’ve been trying to go for a couple of months now, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating. But last week, we finally had one good day, and we took full advantage of it.


Unfortunately, we didn’t actually catch any Marlin. But hey, that’s fishing! You can’t catch one every time! However, we did catch some Mahi-Mahi…which is what my husband and I are holding in the photos above. If you eat fish, you’ve probably eaten Mahi-Mahi at some point. It’s quite yummy!

Oh, and that photo of me above…yeah, there’s actually a blooper reel of that. Apparently, my fish was not in the mood to pose for a photo. I made a GIF of what happened after that photo was snapped below…but WARNING, you can see me mouth a profanity. So, don’t show it to your kids. Haha.

fish gif

Sorry for the potty mouth! And don’t worry, that fish didn’t have a hard landing. It apparently had a plan when it jumped out of my hands, as it landed next to the captain into a pile of our towels. And then it was put back into the ocean because it was a centimeter too small to legally keep. (My husband was the only who caught any keepers!)

Favorite stills of that GIF, haha.

What can I say, I’m awesome at fishing. Haha.

But anyways! Catching Mahi-Mahi wasn’t the only thrill of the day. We were also treated to quite the show from a group of dolphins who decided to follow our boat!



We have never been this close to wild dolphins…so, needless to say, we were really excited about this encounter! I took a video from my Instastories below too, to show how close they really were to us. Pretty neat! (But sorry, with it being from InstaStories, it’s vertical.)

And if you’re curious, we had booked this trip through OceanHunter Sportfishing in Sydney. Our captain for the day was a nice guy and good fishermen. But he really was not that great at engaging with people…and most of the day was pretty awkward, and my husband and I had zero idea what was going on or where he was taking us most of the time. (Unless we pressed him for details repeatedly.) We didn’t even know the day was over until he dropped us back off at a wharf and told us to have a nice day, haha. Good grief. But, that’s services in Sydney. It’s different here than in America I have to say. (We have friends who do it for a living back home, and we also did a charter trip in New Jersey…and let’s just say those experiences compared to this one were like night and day.)

But oh well, despite our captain being a bit awkward and not seeing any Marlin – we did still have a good time! And my husband even cooked the fish when we got home. (And he never cooks – so, everyone encourage him to keep going in the comments section. Haha.)

My husband cooked us his Mahi-Mahi! Yum!

Being from a small fishing village in Wisconsin, I’ve had some experience in fishing…but I know not everyone has had the chance. So, I’m curious, are you into fishing? And if not, is it something you would try? Let me know in the comments!

taking a charter fishing trip in Sydney, Australia
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  1. Wow, I loooved the blooper, dear Lindsey! Don’t worry, I never swear, BUT sometimes we simply have to 🙂 Even I do twice a year, I suppose 🙂 Ad I certainly would have done the same, the fish “escaping” was funny, though! Such a great time with the dolphins, I love the sea and dolphins! It’s strange how services can be so different… in the UK and the USA you get into a shop and you are treated with “hello love, hello sweetheart…” and in other parts, it happened to me, getting a lipstick to check “you are not supposed to grab it!”, shouting. So, not engaging with customers may be part of the services in the country, but of course you think of how it is in other parts. Oh yes, tell your husband that the dish looks great and he can cook more for you! I bet you will like it 🙂 I am not into fishing, but I love to be by the sea, that’s for sure! Hope you have a beautiful day and event!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha, I don’t usually have a potty mouth either. I have found I swear a bit more, though, since being in Australia. And oh yes, the differences are interesting. Haha! And I’ll be sure to let him know the fish looked good! 🙂 And thank you, Denise! I hope you have a wonderful day too.

  2. I haven’t eaten the Mahi-Mahi but it looks so appetizing on your plate.
    It looks that you had a lot of fun and these pictures with dolphins are awesome!

    Have a nice day!:)


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oh yes! It is very good. And thank you so much! I hope you have a nice day too. 🙂

  3. Merel van Poorten says:

    This looks like the perfect trip! Amazing photo’s.

    x Merel

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you! 🙂

  4. Wow! What an adventure! I’m not really into fishing, but I would go just to see those dolphins! And of course your husband should keep cooking! 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Laurie! Haha! And I’ll have to let him know! 🙂

  5. Well I think y’all need to fish some more so hubby can cook up a delicious storm after ;o) I’m not into seafood and fishing doesn’t really entice me, but if you were to invite me I’d tag along regardless. Probably won’t be much help but the conversation would be stimulating looool


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha! My thoughts exactly! And that sounds like a good idea to me! I’ll have to let you know next time lol. 😉

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you! 🙂

  6. What a fun adventure. I never knew that Mahi-Mahi are so colorful. Your dinner looks amazing (I’d like the recipe to that salad!). I fished when I am younger but not in the past decade or two. An excursion like yours would be fun though.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      I didn’t realize that they were so colorful either! And unfortunately, that was a lazy salad bought from the deli across the road. Haha. We weren’t too motivated to do much preparing after being on the water all day lol.

  7. Oh wow..is that real..damn adventurous


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha! Yep! 🙂

  8. How cool are the dolphins?! Lindsey you are to funny! I’m pretty sure you were saying shoot in that video! Lol
    Looks like a fun day!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha! Yes! That’s what I said…”Oh, shoot!” Haha. And it was a good time. Thank you! 🙂

  9. jodie filogomo says:

    What a fun escapade, Lindsey!
    You could have told me that what you caught was a marlin—I wouldn’t have known the difference!!!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha! Too funny! And thank you for reading, Jodie! It was a fun day. 🙂

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