Like many afflicted by the passion for fishing, Captain Luke Fallon’s career at sea began in day dreams during school lectures. Combining dedication and the blessing of geography, Luke is now recognized as one of eastern Australia’s most successful charter captains — made the most of his dreams.
Luke began his career as a deckhand for many of the Cairns heavy tackle captains, notably Jim Dalling, Greg Edwards, and Terry Parker. With an eye for detail and a strong work ethic, Luke worked his way through the ranks and was soon a member of the next generation of Great Barrier Reef marlin skippers. At the helm, Fallon’s captain resume includes stints aboard The Warrigal, Reef Hunter, Reel Easy 2, and five years running the Assegai. Captain Luke Fallon has served as captain of the KEKOA since 2006.
Launched in 2010, the latest iteration of the KEKOA is a 56’ O’Brien, a custom-built black marlin catching machine. She is perfectly situated for extended live-aboard trips to remote areas of the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to tournament honors, Luke’s career highlights include catching 9 giant black marlin in a single day and landing many fish close to and over 1,000lbs. The biggest being a staggering 1,298lbs. If you would ever like to see some incredible Black marlin footage including Pelagic Gear standing up to the needs of hardcore fishing then check out Team KEKOA’s website.
Luke’s wife and business partner, Kelly, is the daughter of Captain Jim Dalling. Kelly serves as hostess and chef on expeditions and operates *theblackmarlinfishingblog.com*, a source for all things Black marlin fishing in Australia. The writing and photography (as seen on this page) of Kelly Dalling Fallon can be seen regularly in BlueWater Magazine. When it is not heavy tackle Black marlin season, Luke, Kelly, and the KEKOA can be found Barramundi fishing in northern Queensland’s the Gulf of Carpentaria.