Pedro had Cobia on the brain and was planning to head to Sunshine Reef in search of them. Tunny and I had to be back on the beach by 8.30am so we opted for Little Halls as it's the closest and it's were Tunny snagged a couple the day before. The launch was dead easy.
We trolled HBL's to Little Halls without any action and once there setup our drifts. Tunny is a lure and plastics man only, whilst I am still hedging my bets with plastics and bait. I'm still to catch something on a softie, although I did get a few nibbles on a white placcie, so at least I know first hand that there is some interest. I was flicking a placcie out front and trailing a large pillie bait behind. After a few drifts the pillie was smashed by what turned out to be a small bream. Greedy guts. And after a few more the pillie was taken again, this time by a 37cm sweetlip; my first.
I radioed Pedro to see how he was going and despite poor comms managed to make out that he'd bagged two keeper sweetlip.
Unfortunately it was time for Tunny and I to head in. I think if we had some more time we could have seen a few more fish caught. We trolled HBL's back.
Just off the groyne while reeling in my gear I foul hooked what I think is a School Mackerel [see correction]. I don't know exact size but would have guessed around 30-40cm, so fish was released. This a sign of the pelagics returning? I've heard from a couple of people that they think the pelagics will come earlier this year because of the warm water. Time will tell.
[Correction] - The fish below is not a School Mackerel but a Needleskin Queenfish which has a typical size of 30cm, no size restrictions and a 20 combined bag limit. Pity I don't know my fish better as this was a keeper.
|30-40cm Needleskin Queenfish caught off MG (fish was released)|
|37cm Sweetlip. These are good eating fish, better than Snapper.|