Just reporting on behalf of my dad, who went down to Port Hacking flats to fish while my mates and I were on the charter. He put out some live bait and had it smashed, only to find that the line was cut, so he thought he’d try it again and throw out another live bait to the exact same spot, with a slightly larger hook. The fish took off this time and after a long fight, he brought up this monster. It measured nearly 80cm and weighed 4kg.
To his surprise, he found the first hook in the same fish. It was intriguing to find that the fish came back for seconds as you would normally find the fish get spooked quite easily. Just a reminder that only one over 70cm is allowed to be taken, as the big ones are normally breeding females