Subject: Fishing yesterday, 20Jun11
Date: 21/06/2011 10:47 AM
Cloud cover: clear sky
Wind direction & speed: westerly, around 5-7 knots initially, then dropping
Sea state: low swell
current direction & speed: slight northerly current
Participants: eyetag, richmond, pedro, sunshiner, jaro, hollywood, des
We all fished A-Bay Reef, but I was knackered when I got home, especially after dragging the Stealth up to the top of the beach afterward, alone (there's a lot more sand there than when I left a month ago). I think I'm a bit out of condition and that I was also suffering from jet lag, having just returned home late on Saturday night after a month in South Africa. Suffice to say that after tidying the yak up at home I had a lie down, as old folk are privileged to do, and got up too late and too dopey to write a trip report. Sorry for that.
It was a great day for some. At 1015, I was the first to come home (although Des had earlier decamped for Jew Shoal), having hooked only two undersized snapper and one grinner in three hours drifting A-Bay Reef. While I was there eyetag was happily pulling snapper and sweeties right in front of my eyes and I think he'd bagged out on snapper by the time he pulled the pin around 11am. Richmond also was doing pretty well and Pedro eventually got the snapper going with a burley trail and had two in 15 minutes or so from about 1030am, by which time I was abeam Hells Gates, homeward bound.
How all finished up I don't know, so I now throw the discussion open to contributions from all. Please fill us in on how you went, especially the techniques which were successful. As for me, I'm going to rest up for a couple of days before hitting the water again.
Thanks for coming out guys and a special thanks to Pedro for supplying free lemons etc to go with the fish I hope to catch next time.
Now, how'd you go? C'mon, be honest...
Red & white Stealth Supalite, black paddle
VHF channel 09 or 22 (if alone), Call Sign: sunshiner
Re: Fishing yesterday, 20Jun11
Date: 21/06/2011 12:50 PM
here's the evidence
I think the berley trail worked for me. 2 snapper 1 sweety. I'm going for the slowest drift technique next time... it seems to work for Eyetag. Perhaps a sea anchor for a small yacht should do it, ... maybe.
Harry and I caught up with Des who should show off his fish, nice going Des. How many kg Des?
Re: Fishing yesterday, 20Jun11
21/06/2011 1:05 PM
It was a bit slow at first for me whilst I was using bait, only the 1 snapper. I then started flicking 140mm Squidgy wrigglers on a 1/2 oz 3/0 jighead.
I ended up with 3 snapper: biggest 49cm and 2 grassys, biggest going 45cm. Also a few grinner (do they count, lol?) some yakkas and a finny scad that went 40cm long, which is rigged for trolling and in the freezer!
Not a bad day, a bit tough at first with the wind, but it came good in the end.
Cheers, Jeff (Richmond)
Subject: Fwd: Your fish!!
From: Des Mabbott
Date: 21/06/2011 4:47 PM
Thanks to Kev for providing weather data.
I approached Sunshine with Harry about 07:30 and was delighted to see so many yakkers in such a close area.
The fish must be really on the bite I thought. How wrong I was! After 1.5 hours using SPs and pilchards I didn't even get one nibble. OK I could well have been in the wrong place but I didn't see much happening either.
So as I was more familiar with Jew Shoal and it was on the way home, sort of, I indicated to Harry that is where I would be.
Once there I concentrated on pilchards as bait and it was different again. I guess on my second or third cast I hooked into something substantial which to my surprise was a most beautiful snapper of 5.6kgs, weighed in Davo's but didn't get a photo on the scales due to my injury (see later).
In addition I hauled up quite a selection of small fish, a grinner, a bream, a flathead, an undersize snapper, two scorpion cod (bright red) and two other bright red fish which looked a little like the scorpion cod but not so spikey and with wide vertical bands of a paler red. Any ideas what these could be?
I didn't come away unscathed however and a lesson for others maybe. Whilst unhooking the snapper I got one of the ganged hooks into my upper calf and way in below the barb. Ouch. Now I had done something similar in my hand a few years ago and needed assistance on that occasion. On the basis of that, I decided to always take some snips with me. I am glad I did. I had to push and pull on the hook to expose the barb, snip it off and slide the hook out.
I never did get on with triple ganged hooks and I now will forget them and use other less dangerous methods for baiting up with pilchards. Anyone got any ideas?
That's my last trip for a while as I am off to the UK at the weekend. Don't catch all the fish while I am away and tight lines to all.
ps and yes I will get a radio soon. I promise.