Fishing Charter (31-Jan-10)

Went on another charter for a bucks night, this time with a different mob: Picked up from Balmain wharf at 6am sharp, we were on a fairly old boat, and seemed to take an age to get out to our destination which was past the heads. It took 18 on board, and we were fishing from the one side of the boat which was a bit of a squeeze. Some were feeling a bit queasy before we even reached our destination.

I opted for a hand line, which turned out to be a wise choice as it was very rough, and holding a rod would have been quite a challenge

It was quite a different style using one of these hand lines. A large 1 pound snapper sinker was used to reach the bottom in a hurry, which was at times about 30m deep. The wooden handline could then be cranked to bring the line back up. The main difficulty I had was feeling the bites, as the sinker was so heavy and the conditions rough, that I could not distinguish a bite. The ones I caught I did not feel even though they were on while winding up the line!

All up, the 6 of us managed a tally of: 1 huge morwong (or deep sea bream), 3 wrasse, 2 sweep, 1 leather jacket and 1 nannygai. Just a reminder, if you decide to go on a charter, remember to take some sea sickness pills (I used Travacalm). 4 of the 6 of us vomited at least once and I am sure I would have had I not taken the Travacalm in the morning! It would have also been ideal if we had our own bait, as we were just using frozen bait. We found that the others who brought their own bait (larger prawns) caught some flathead.

Nice by-catches (24-Jan-10)

Went for a quick afternoon fish down on the Port Hacking on an overcast Sunday. The water was surprisingly calm and the weather was great for fishing. There weren’t many fish on the bite, only the occasional small tailor. Switched over to soft plastics for a while without much success. On one retrieval, I had a dead weight on it, in which I thought was a crab. Left it down there for a while longer and it came on again and latched on with the unmistakable pumping action of a squid. Grabbed a squid jig and changed over as the squid dropped of the plastic, and hooked up a nice small calamari. Switched over to bait hoping to get some baitfish. Hooked on to what I thought was a large bait fish, until it took off! After a short fight, up came my first Morwong! It went just legal at 31cm