Fishing charter (12-Feb-12)

Your buck’s day, traditionally to celebrate your last day of “freedom”, but I took it as another excuse to go fishing! We went with the good guys at All At Sea. You may remember that my first trip with these guys was ironically for my mate’s bucks, and this one he organised for me. So we had 8 on board and it was a pretty good to go to out. There were a few fishing newbies that I had strongly suggested to take some Travacalm to ensure we have no travel sickness issues as I have seen far too many times.

There was plenty of room for everyone and a relaxing afternoon as well. We all had turns in manning the handlines as we trolled along on the way to our final destination. Call it fate if you will, an exchange took place and 2 minutes later and one of the guys felt a heavy load on the handline. We stopped the boat as he went hand-over-hand to bring a fish in. It turned out to be a mack tuna! The first that I have seen caught:

We decided to troll through some FADs (fish attracting devices) for some big fish and our first attempt we managed to hook up three dolphin fish! They were very small ones but it was exciting to see dolphin fish for the first time. Here’s our deckhand holding one up for us:

Good fun was had by all, and some of my mates had mentioned that it was the most they had caught on a charter so it was a good result. Our catch consisted of mainly sweep, slimy mackerel and the one nannygai.

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.