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.

Slimy Mackerel back in town! (30-Apr-2011)

Went with dad in the morning for what we were hoping would be a dry few hours. The rain was bucketing down as we were driving there and we were thinking about turning back. We went on and to our surprise, the weather cleared as we hit our spot! Within the first couple of casts, something substantial hit us at speed! It was a slimy mackerel, the first in a while! While we were hoping there’d be a whole school of them around, we were disappointed to find that it was the only one of the day, probably just passing by! Towards the end of the day, we were hit by another steam train! we thought it was a slimy again, but this one had more of a fight to it, as it turned out to be a legal tailor. Don’t get many of these fishing from the shore!

Fishing with a work mate (2-May-10)

Decided to take an old work mate for a day’s worth of yabby pumping and fishing. Low tide was at an inconvenient 3pm, so I had forewarned him that yabby pumping was going to be a challenge. We went to our spot at about 1pm and the water was still about ankle deep to shore, making the pumping quite difficult in knee deep water. After wasting about a good half hour there we only managed the one yabby and a handful of soldier crabs. Met dad down at a spot in the Hacking and fortunately he had a bit of bait on him. The yellowtail were on the bite and we managed about 20 all up within a few hours. Dad hooked up on a monster slimy mackerel, would have been about 35cm or so, but it took off to the nets and snapped him off with a matter of seconds. There was not much on for the rest of the day, until dad was on again with a slimy, and this time fortunately it took off out to deeper water and he was able to reel it in. It measured around the 40cm mark.

My work mate was happy with his catch of a handful of yellowtail, but would have been happier if the mackerel was part of his catch as well!

Slimy Mackerel and Squid in Port Hacking (09-Aug-2009)

Went for a quiet fish on a windy Sunday down at the hacking. Lots of baitfish activity around and a few Slimy Mackerel around. The Slimys weren’t biting that much, managed just the two:

Slimy in Port Hacking
Decided to target the squid for a bit and hit a hot zone. Managed 11 squid in about 20 mins:

Squid in Port Hacking
Could’ve managed more, but just took enough for bait for the next few weeks. Sorry guys, can’t give this spot out, due to the possibility of it being overfished!