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AUSTRALIA: Canberra, South Coast & Snowy Mtns – Purple Favorite Lure Color

Monday, August 1st, 2011

People like me who live a little way inland will really appreciate the warmer temps the south coast has on offer over winter. For example it has to be at least 5 degrees warmer on average than Canberra along the coast, so if you can pick days when the wind is not blowing it is quite comfortable without having to be rugged up in snow gear!

With this in mind I kept my eye on a nice slow moving high pressure system and then I hit the coast in search of a few tuna.

Fishing with Albino Imbriano and friends on the aptly named boat “Square Meters” (the lads work in the local concrete formwork industry), we hit the 1000 fathom line off Durras.

On the way we spotted a trawler pulling in their nets and did a few laps around the massive berley trail, but as fishy as it looked it was to no avail.

Moving onto a small sea mount we spotted some nice marks on the sounder at 100 fathoms, which turned out to be Albacore sitting just on the line (thermocline) where the water dropped a few degrees.

These fish were too deep to temt on lures, so we had to stop and cube with pilchards to get their interest. The Albacore were not big at around 2 kilos a piece, but still great fun on light tackle. We also spotted a shark that interestingly didn’t stay in the trail.

The word was that the fishing was better further south at the Tuross Sea Mounts, so that’s where we headed.

As soon as we arrived, the trolled lures got hit from better sized Albacore, and we changed between cubing and trolling in an area about a mile wide and three miles long. The Albacore were spread out throughout this area, and there were some solid fish to 10 kilos amongst them.

We missed out on yellowfin, but Anthony Stockman Fishing just 4 miles away got a nice 25 kilo yellowfin, and tuna guru Brett on Opportunity got onto a patch of 10 kilo yellowfin a few miles south of the smaller Tuross Sea Mount.

The blue fin tuna were scace, but a few were reported further south off Merrimbula and some good fish were caught wide of Wollongong.

So no big yellowfin or bluefin, but we were still pretty happy with our catch-we must’ve caught over 15 Albacore, and left them biting.

Albacore are the best eating tuna in our neck of the woods-they’re known as the chicken of the sea for their mild ‘un gamey’ flavor, and chicken like texture. But they must be bled and iced immediately if they are to be properly appreciated.

They are easily over cooked, in which case they flesh dries (again like chicken), so leave a little pink in the center of the steaks and they will cook through the rest of the way while on the plate. If you want a real treat, try Chicken Cacciatore, but replace the chicken cubes with Albacore cubes-YUM!

But back to how to catch them in the first place. For bait, Tweed Pilchards served us well, and the 25 kilo bulk block (trap bait block) worked out much cheaper than buying multiple 2 kilo bags.

On the troll, the deep divers just 10 meters from the transom worked best, the XRap Magnum 30 in “Purple Mackerel” scored more than half of the entire catch… Purple has long been a favorite lure color for tuna, and hence tuna fisherman-no one knows why…

It was a great 2 days, with good company, good weather and good fishing.

Rob Paxevanos
Fishnet Pro Angler


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AUSTRALIA: AnglerTech & Mudguts Spinner Baits have Accounted for the Majority of The Fish

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

OLDMAN CREEK
Is still a standout, it has settled down again since the environmental flows have stopped. The water level has dropped back to a fishable level and the cod and yellowbelly are responding accordingly. The clarity is plenty good enough for lure fishing and we do expect this to stay this way baring a heavy rain event. The majority of the catches have been cod but there has been a few Yella’s thrown into the mix. AnglerTech and Mudguts spinner baits have accounted for the majority of the fish in the last week. The colour debate is still strong but after listening to all the reports most colours have had some degree of success. Red and black and white are the stand out. As mentioned previously accurate casting is a must as is an intimate knowledge of the fish’s habits as the natives are a real challenge at this time of year. Keep in mind when the weather turns to crap and the barometer drops the fishing will turn to crap. But you will get some windows of hot fishing at times just be ready to go when that happens.

MURUMBIDGEE RIVER
Can be downright frustrating during the colder months but it can also be extremely rewarding because those pesky small cod are not as active which will improve your chances of hooking a monster. It is usually a lot longer between strikes but as a rule it is well worth the wait. If I was working the river for a trophy cod I would stick to the larger blade spinnerbaits such as the AnglerTech cod series with the size 8 blades and a large soft plastic as a trailer. This gives the lure a larger profile which will give these big cod a reason to expend a bit of energy and chase it. Colour is any ones guess but you can play it safe and stick with purple or red and black. These are safe bets or you could always go out of the square and use white which has been putting a few runs on the board of late. Hopefully I will be able to post a few picas of all of these Yella’s and cod that have been coming out of the creek and river over the last month or so I have seen them but most of the pics are on mobile phones and the boys don’t seem to know how to email them.

BLOWERING DAM
Has not let us down in the last week or so. The red fin still have a healthy appetite for small yabbies and or ice jigs and blades. I still would prefer to troll a custom crafted scud with a soft plastic above it. This system has been a winner for me this season. Don’t forget that we still have a bounty on a 6lb red fin. If anyone can bring me in one that weighs in at 6lb or more with guts and gills in, must be in good condition as we want to get it mounted I will give you $500.00 cash. This bounty has been in place for five years and no one has claimed it as yet. I have no dought that one day it will be claimed. Try Yellowin bay if you are chasing the Reddies I had a few good reports from this area. A few cod are starting to show on the troll during the day so this could be a good sign. Hope it is not just a flash in the pan.

TALBINGO DAM
Is good enough to take a drive. Most fisho’s who troll it using fenders and worms are coming home with a feed. The best part is you don’t have to travel far from the boat ramp if you are chasing trout. For the redfin you might have to move around a bit but it could be worth it. Don’t forget that if the dam is glassy calm at any time that you are there you will need to run leadline. This time of year I would only use Scrubworms as they can handle the hard cold conditions that you are likely to encounter.

Compleat Angler Wagga


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AUSTRALIA: Salmon Being Caught in Good Numbers Along the South Coast

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Well what a mixed bag we have for you this week, nothing on the bigger fish to report but if you were lucky enough to be out on the water on Saturday, what a day condsidering what the weather was like on the Sunday afternoon and late evening.

We have had some good rainfall over the last few days which will hopefully arouse some fish out there, I know for all those that are on tank water you will be breathing a sigh of relief. Hopefully the water temperatures will be where we want them to be to get some decent fish caught.

Salmon are still being caught in good numbers along the South Coast towards Albany, have also had reports of catching afew from Binningup Beach but they were quite away out. As you all know, the Salmon haven’t been running like they normally are with the water temps too high closer to shore.

Busselton Jetty has had some action over the last week with more than one customer experiencing good results on Crabs. One customer quite happy to report catching his bag limit within the first hour of getting there, another happy to report catching his limit using lights behind the hospital. Not only have Crabs being getting caught from the Jetty but one customer going out a little deeper hooked onto some nice Flounder, King George Whiting and a couple of good sized Squid.

Mullaway have been reported being caught at Forrest Beach and down at the Capel River Mouth, with Taylor also being caught at Forrest Beach.

Herring, and Whiting are still doing OK with reports of good numbers around the beaches and in particular Herring getting caught along the beach near the Lighthouse in the early morning. High tide fishing doing well at the Hungry Hollow.

It’s been a long time since i cooked Flounder, so i went online to find a couple of recipes. Check out www.allrecipes.com in particular the Baked Seafood Au Gratin sounds great not to mention the Crab Stuffed Flounder.

 

Compleat Angler & Camping World


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AUSTRALIA: South Coast Anglers Hit the Snowies

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Well known south coast fisho’s Ray Smith, Tony Jay and Andrew Badullovitch headed to the hills and hit Lake Eucumbene earlier this week, catching 125 trout across three great days fishing.

The group based themselves at Buckenderra , but basically only slept in the cabins for a short time-the lads are fishoholics and fished until 11 pm each night and started before dawn each morning-that’s keen, especially seeing how cold gets up there late in Autumn!

The trout responded to a variety of techniques. Bait fishing was best on power bait, or yabbies and mudeyes collected on site.
Ray found 3-4 yabbies under most rocks he flipped over, even those that were just out of the water. A small amount of mudeyes were found in the weed beds.

Speaking of weed, the lads said suspending the bait up off the bottom with a float was the best way to keep the bait clear of weed and yet more yabbies (these invertebrates can be very cannibalistic, especially when in competitive packs).

During the warmer parts of the day, and after checking weather reports carefully, the lads did some serious yards in their hobies, covering some 28 kilometers during the trip!

Trolling produced a few fish, but the most fun was to be has spinning around the knee deep thistle grounds and wind lanes with 3 to 6 cm long shallow running hardbodied lures and lightly weighted softies. Rainbow Trout coloured lures were the standout.

The team fished between Buckenderra itself and Wainui Bay, bait fishing and trolling was typically best on the drop offs, while spinning was usually best in the shallow bays, but that being said there was plenty of exceptions-the boys couldn’t put a foot wrong wherever they fished!

The catch consisted mostly of rainbows around the kilo mark, with a few slightly bigger specimens and a handful of tiddlers. A few browns to 1.5 kilograms were also recorded. Only the fatter tastier looking trout were kept, and not surprisingly, a post mortem revealed these all had yabbies in their stomachs.

Trout that have been feeding heavily on crustaceans have a typically firm bright orange flesh and you won’t find a better freshwater table fish anywhere.

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AUSTRALIA: Western – Very Nice Whiting Around Bunbury Beaches

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Not a bad weekend at all last week weather wise, crabbing is still very good off Busso and Bunbury. We have had reports of good sizes and plenty of them in the harbour, one customer advises that as soon as the weather blows a bit, to get out straight after, he got his quota in 2 trips and they were a very good size and yum to eat! Crabs have also been spotted in the Collie River as the River is quite high at the moment, so if you’re fishing for Bream, maybe take some crab nets too, you never know what you may get!

Very nice Whiting around the Bunbury beaches especially down the back beach near hungry hollow and some nice Herring also being caught along the beaches at Dalyellup, one customer in particular was doing very well catching around the 40-45 per session of mixed Herring and Whiting, using prawns that have been chopped up and soaked in his own recipe, using very small hooks and his own recipe of berley which included of all things ordinary spent cooking oil. Well done.
Bream have been getting caught along the Donelly River, however one customer has being trying very hard to catch a Salmon which have not seemed to run this year so far, he tried three days straight with no success. However, for those of you dying to try your luck on the many lures being sold this season, we have had reports that Salmon are still running down towards Albany and surrounding areas, so if you fancy a trip south especially now the weather is changing take a rod and try your luck.

Flathead, Whiting and Tailor are fishing really well in the Leschenault Estuary with the deaper holes and sand flats giving up the best.
As for the bigger fish, a couple of Dhufish and a nice Snapper have been reported as being caught this last week, not sure where or how far out, the locky angler wasn’t willing to share! Only ONE, that’s all I would need! It would keep me happy for some time to come! (And the Mrs).
Have a great week, stay safe on the water and don’t forget any pics would look great on the Brag Board.

Compleat Angler
& Camping World


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AUSTRALIA: Lake Jindabyne Fishing

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Fished Jindabyne over the easter break.

Caught plenty of Rainbow Trout .8 to 1.5kgs mainly in the kalkite area. Brown Trout are a bit scarce probably already up the rivers. Lots of small Atlantic Salmon on the downrigger in the main basin.

Best lure by far was a sting orange sparkle with yellow wings with afew also caught on pink lures.

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AUSTRALIA: Guilderton (north) Fishing

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Fished sun morn with a few mates using occy as bait.

Ended up with one bronz whaler shark about 1m taken on a snell rig 4/0 hooks and 40lb mono leader hooked it at 830am on the rising tide after that just pickers around so we called it quits.

We tried a few diferent baits mullet herring squid but i think they were too soft and the picker were having a field day on them.

I think next time I try this spot livies might be the go.


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AUSTRALIA: Geelong Corio Bay & Beyond

Friday, February 25th, 2011


Corio Bay
Fishing the Geelong Waterfront on several occasions last week was Paul Mayer who reports that small pinkie Snapper are the main catch, but after dark on Thursday evening he caught a 58 cm flathead. It was the biggest of six flathead he caught from the Waterfront last week; all were taken on Berkley Turtleback worms.

Bellarine Peninsula
Fishing the Queenscliff harbour on Sunday from around 4.00 pm was Jeremy Barnes along with sons Dylan 10, Zac 8. and their friend Bailey Awty 10.

Nothing really happened until the tide began running out, but from then on they caught a good selection of fish including Silver Trevally, one of which was almost 2 kg, and some good size whiting, all taken on pipi.

Zac Barnes 8, and Baily Awty 10, with a sample of the silver trevally catch at Queenscliff.

Fishing off Queenscliff last Tuesday afternoon were Neil Walker and Jeff Pearce who were expecting a good catch of whiting as the tide changed at about 5.30 pm. They did come on the bite, but after catching seven good specimens to 40 cm in quick succession, they were gone again and that was that.

Freshwater
Wurdi Boluc is still fishing well. Among those to do well here were Brad Andrews and Marcus Campbell who caught six nice redfin to a kilogram or so and a Brown Trout of 1.3 kg. All were taken on mudeye fished under a float, but small redfin proved a nuisance at times.

Justin Burns fished the Barwon River at Highton on Saturday morning, hoping that the river had settled down somewhat after being swollen from last week’s downpour. It was heavily discoloured with a noticeable current, but using corn kernels for bait he caught several European Carp around the 2 kg mark.

Western District
Doug Lucas of Colac fished Lake Purrumbete on Wednesday afternoon last and was soon amongst the action with two Brown Trout caught slow-trolling mudeye behind a Ford Fender fish attractor.

Not for long as it happened, for the ominously dark skies were suddenly alight, and – with carbon fiber rods promptly taken from their skyward pointing rod holders – Doug was soon heading back in to the accompaniment of thunder, lightning and rain.

Gawaine Blake of Think Big Charters with a respectable kingfish.

Doug reports that on Thursday evening, John Ryan fished the eastern corner of the West Barwon Dam using scrubworms for bait under a float. The action wasn’t long in coming and he grassed five Brown Trout from 1.1 to 2.4 kg before dark.

Doug also reports that Peter Thompson fished the Gellibrand River upstream from the bridge at Princetown where he caught five bream to 37 cm using spider crab for bait.

Peter’s catch also included mullet to 600 grams or so on scrubworm. However. Juvenile Silver Trevally were on the job and proved a nuisance on the softer baits.

Offshore
Kingfish have been present along the coast. Rod Lawn of Adamas charters has picked up the occasion specimen off Charlemont Reef while Gawaine Blake of Think Big Charters has found them down toward Cape Schanck; the biggest of these has been around a metre in length,

Brad Andrews and Mark Fowkes spent Wednesday and Thursday offshore from Port Phillip Heads looking for a shark but in vain. Never the less, they came home with a good catch of respectable flathead and a couple of small Gummy Shark. These were taken bottom-bouncing on the drift in around 60 metres of water.
Gerard Malseed with a good size gummy shark from Portland (Photo Portland Bait & Tackle)

Portland
Down Portland way Tim Clark reports that the weather has been a stumbling block to anglers of late with crews traveling from distant locations being confined to the harbour.

However, there is good fishing for whiting, Gummy Shark, pinkie Snapper and kingfish along Portland’s north shore for local anglers and long term visitors who have had the luxury of being able to pick the weather before venturing out.

Todd asks:
Geoff, I have recently been casting lures on the Barwon River, but all I’ve caught is two redfin in the past 5 outings. Is there any advice you can give on how to increase my chances?

Todd, to catch anything at all from the Barwon River in its current state you must be doing something right. Your chances will undoubtedly improve as the river settles down to its normal clarity and rate of flow.

Geoff Wilson


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AUSTRALIA: Western Port & Eastern PPB – Offshore & Land Based

Friday, February 11th, 2011

With that massive downpour of rain last weekend, many anglers spent the weekend mopping up rather than fishing, however reports have been storming in over the last few days.

Westernport continues to enjoy a great whiting season and there have been good reports of salmon and gummies. We have some great reports from Port Phillip Bay also with good numbers of whiting, calamari, flathead and salmon.
Makos, Kingfish and Striped Tuna continue to dominate offshore reports while in Sydney, there’s been some remarkable catches of species that have lost their way in a cyclone.

And for all you romantic guys, read below for some great gift ideas for Valentine ’s Day for your wife or girlfriend.

Offshore:
It’s that time of year again where a lot of anglers are heading out offshore in search of sharks and the abundant schools of Striped Tuna that have turned up already. Plenty of reports are coming into the shop from anglers who are having a ball on these mini torpedoes of the sea, and for their size, they pull harder than any other fish out there. Trolling small skirted apex predator lures in ghost bonnet are the best method. Reports from Phillip Island and Barwon Heads is where all the action is happening

Staff member Jarrod Day fished with mates Gawaine Blake, Richard Greven and Tim Haw off seal rocks on Sunday afternoon. The boys teased up a big school of kings and at one stage they had aprox 40 kings behind the boat. Subsequently they cast 145mm squidgy flick baits in pillie and evil minnow into the school of feeding fish and managed to catch and release 20 kings to 5kg. The boys also landed some ripper salmon that were busting up.

Staff member Mark Keaveny fished with mates Wayne Wills and Brett off Woolamai on Friday in search of another mako. Fishing in a shallow 40m they landed a ripper little shark about 15kg. The boys also landed a heap of Barracouta that made excellent fresh baits and went into the burley trail almost still kicking. After drifting they heard the rumors about the stripey tuna busting up. They found them landing 5 and losing a couple more trolling small skirted lures.

Westernport:
Some excellent reports from around Corinella this week with whiting, gummies, Snapper, flathead and salmon just to name a few on offer for those who beat the weather and got out for a fish.

Regular customer Johnny (mad man) Keys fished with his brother-in-law during the week and had a ball catching their bag of whiting with ease. They fished in 3m of water around Reef Island on the run in tide using whiting worm and shucked mussel for bait. Within a 2 hour session they had their bag of 40 fish and had to throw a couple back. The best fish went 43cm and most of them were over 30cm. Along with the whiting they managed a few nice Elton John’s (leather jackets) and a few nice salmon. The salmon were kept as baits for the next day.

The boys headed back out again catching the change of tide and their plan was to turn a few of their freshly caught salmon into a Gummy Shark. Well they didn’t have to wait long. Within 20 minutes of putting a bait out they landed a ripper gummy weighing 8kg then another smaller one shortly after. What a way to spend a couple of days out on the water and to turn salmon into gummies; I’d do that any day of the week.

Land based:

Stockyard/Temby:
Anglers are reporting good numbers of small gummies caught land based around Stockyard and Temby Point. Staff member Ray has been having a little poke around and said he has seen a few nice gummies to 5kg along with some nice whiting. Best baits have been cured eel and squid for the gummies and for the whiting, whiting worm and pipi are hard to beat fished on the black magic whiting snatchers.

Tooradin:
Customer David Gruber spent an afternoon on the port chasing whiting and gummies out from Tooradin. He landed 16 beautiful fat whiting with the best going 44cms and 3 gummies which were all released with the best going 6kg. All whiting were caught using the black magic whiting snatchers with a squid strip hanging off the hook, and the 3 gummies were caught on eel and squid baits. He did hook a monster which he thinks was a big toothy of some sort as it peeled line at 100 miles and hour and he ended up putting too much hurt on it and he broke his rod clean in half. We will see you in the shop soon David and get you a new rod.

Warneet:
A mixed bag is on offer for those that have fished off the Warneet Pier this week with a few whiting, trevally, flathead and mullet available just to name a few. Best baits have been shucked mussel, whitebait and whiting worm.

Regular customer Paul tried his luck on the whiting on Monday just out the front of the Warneet Channel. He said the fishing was a little tough having to move 6 times but when he found them he had a last landing 11 fish in a short period then it was all over. All were caught on the black magic whiting snatchers laced with pipi and mussel. Run out tide in 5m of water was the best.

Middle Spit:
There are some ripper schools of whiting along the middle spit with a lot of anglers who are going out and trying their luck having success in doing so. Best methods have been to find a drop off and anchor on it, get the burley happening, and before you know it you will have bent rods and reels screaming. Most bags consist of “school” sized fish ranging from 28-36cms but some thumpers to over 45cms have been caught, it’s just finding that bigger school of feeding fish and working your way through the pickers. Best baits have been whiting worm, shucked mussel, pipi and squid.

Stony Point:
Steve and John launched at Stony Point during the week after hearing from a mate there had been some “BIG” gummies around. They headed to their secret spot and fished in 15m of water. Using cured eel and salmon fillet as bait they landed 4 beautiful gummies for the night ranging from 5kg-11kg.

Flinders:
The squid fishing has been a little quiet in the port but Flinders has not slowed down with some cracker squid up to 2.5kg caught from both the pier and in boats. Silver whiting fished under a float is a deadly method along with casting and retrieving squid jigs. Best jigs have been Clicks in size 3.0 and Harimitsu jigs in colour EWC.

Western Entrance:
Staff member Aaron Sammut informs us that he has heard some cracker gummy reports from the Western Entrance. These fish have been giants, with a few over 30kg and quite a lot ranging from 15-25kg. Fish of this size are just too big and precious to kill so out the big females back and keep a couple of smaller models for the table.

Gawaine Blake from Think Big Fishing Charters is one of the best in the business in catching these brute fish. The past month they have caught and released many over 20kg+ along with plenty of smaller fish thrown in to fill in time. Going into Mulloway time the crew will be starting to chase them with more seriousness and with great success. To book a charter with Gawaine contact the shop and we will be more than happy to put you onto him.

Mud Island:
On Wednesday Richmond footballers, Will Thursfield, Ben Nason, Andrew Browne and new recruit Tom Derickx fished with gun angler Steve Buxton. They had a “ball” fishing around Mud Island on Steve’s favorite little whiting ground. The boys landed some ripper whiting, along with a nice by-catch of 3 monster flathead. They started the day off around Mt Eliza in the shallows catching a nice bag of calamari.

Mt Martha:
Staff member Ray Thomas fished Wednesday after work for a short session on the whiting. He landed good numbers of fish, although a lot were small he said it was a good sign that there were still plenty around. He persisted and ended up with 6 nice fish to 35cm which he kept for the dinner plate. He got them all on Black Magic whiting snatchers and pipi.

Regular customer Mark Bolger when he is not fishing out of his Kayak has been fishing the rocks down at Mt Martha also. He has been getting stuck into some great whiting with the best bait being pipi.

Paul Worsteling


Mount & Pole
Transom Mounts
5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
10 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Motor Mount & 10ft Pole
Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole

AUSTRALIA: Botany Bay Fishing

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Out again with big Kev and a late 10am start we head out to the bait grounds chasing yellowtail for some live bait.

We managed about 10 in 30 mins. For some reason they were pickie and didn’t want to play but managed enough for a run outside. The Bay was boiling with surface fish which looked like Tailor and Bonito but them too were pickie in taking lures. We hooked up a few times but couldn’t land a fish. We then decided to head out up the North side of Maroubra and found some good reef and activity. Anchored up for about 2 hours and we sent down the livies. Within 5 mins we have a run and looked like a good KingFish. I don’t believe it it was a keeper going 67cm. Kevs rod goes off as well and he too lands a keeper same size.

All up in 2 hours we managed 10 fish 6 throw backs at 60cm and 4 keepers. All taking Live baits squid baits and even managed to hook one on a Halco 60gr. The NE wind started to lift the swell alittle but it was time to go and pickup the kids from school. Not bad for quick 4 hour.

Tight Lines!!!

Aqua Naut


Mount & Pole
Transom Mounts
5 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
10 Inch Offset & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Motor Mount & 10ft Pole
Bow Mounts
3 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
6 Inch Rise & 10Ft Pole
Bolt On
Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
5" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
10" Transom Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Poles
5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
10" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
Bolt On
Motor Mt & 3" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole
Motor Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt & (2) 10Ft Pole