Day one of a four day fishing trip at the Trees and Fishes resort . What a day ! Went out to the fad for yellowfin at 9 am , arrived there at 9.30 am and by 9.45 the first 25 kg yellowfin was in the boat after one bigger than that was lost . It was caught on a 12 inch or 30 cm popper casting . By 10 am a second one was in the boat 30 kg caught on a 7″ z man soft plastic in white colour . This fought well as it was on a Stella 20,000 reel , 100 lb braid and 170 lb leader . The jig head was 3 oz tt lure .The rod was a PE 6-8 .
This kept going all morning into the early afternoon . Lunch was kept being put off as the fish were all around us . By the time we had lunch at 1.30 pm we had a tally of 7 yellowfin tuna , not one below 25 kg . Plus we had one big wahoo , caught on a jig only 60 g , and several small fish 3-4 kg for live bait . The big loss of the day was a huge yellowfin right at the boat , maybe more than 50 kg , caught on a big live bait on a downrigger at 60 metres deep . It was just 10 metres below the boat when the hooks pulled . Then there was this huge wahoo caught on a jig , only 60 g jig but on a PE 6-8 rod and 170 lb leader . A great fish . One of the great experiences was a double hook up on the yellowfin , both on poppers casting , mayhem on the boat but very exciting . The rest of the afternoon 2 hours we went after dog tooth tuna , jigging up to 100 meters deep . This produced nothing except a ramora .
The other boat has a similar day but the prize went to Andrew who managed to reel in w 61 kg yellowfin from a live bait right at the end of the day . This photo will follow when I can get it .
Tomorrow off to a place that has big doggies . I will let you know what happened . In the meantime enjoy the photos below .
When your soft plastic is on the bottom near the boat and you are ready to bring it up to recast , make sure you work it all the way to the boat through the water column . The technique is simple just jig up 30 cm , drop the rod tip , then take up the slack and jig again . Repeat this process all the way to the boat . The soft plastic is mimicking a wounded fish or prawn .You will be surprised how many times you get a hit and a fish doing this . It doesn’t matter if it is a 5″ or a 2″ soft plastic or light or heavy jig . Many times I have had a bream , kingie , salmon ,tailor or trevally hit the lure . This is called working the water column . The process mimics how you jig the soft plastic along the bottom . Try it , you will be surprised at what you catch .
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Went out this morning at 6 am to chase jewies in the Hawkesbury . It was cold but not as much westerly wind as expected . The tide was low at 7.18 am at dangar island so plenty of time to get the slack water and the run up tide .
Right on 7.15 I hooked my first Jewie , a nice 74 cm size . A great start as it was freezing . Nothing for an hour then I hooked a beauty . This was a big fish , not only pulling the drag but shaking its head and moving back and forward . Everytime I pulled the rod up the drag just kept slipping and it was quite tight to pull out . I fought this fish for at least 10 minutes , using the electric engine to get me on top of the fish , whilst the boat was drifting along . A very exciting time . The rod just couldn’t handle this big fish , and eventually the Jewie busted the leader at the lure . What a dissapointment ! I re rigged another slightly heavier rod , 2-6 kg strength .
Next I hooked a small soapie which took my mind off the cold and the big one that got away . Then 15 minutes later I hooked another big one . This time the rod and reel could handle it , but not without a great fight for a few minutes . Into the boat it came , a 103 cm magic silver Jewie . I can’t imagine how big the one I lost was as it fought twice as hard as this one . Photo below of all the fish . So the count was 4 hooked and 3 in the boat . Plus one flathead as a by catch . Not a bad morning , as it was raining by this time to make it more unpleasant . Very worthwhile !! Do it again next week .
The gear I used was a daiwa graphite rod , 2-6 kg , 2500 Stella ci4 reel , 17 lb leader , 1/2 oz jig head on a #5/0 hook , and these new Boom baits paddle tail soft plastics 5″ in avocado colour and motor oil . They did the damage . Apologies for the phot o quality , I was by myself .
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This morning we went out at 6.30 am . Weather was terrific . We only had 3 hours so with travel time , only two hours fishing .
We started trolling and straight away Tiffany hooked a small mackerel . Next troll she hooked a nice coral trout . Two more Mackrel were caught but nothing big . Another nice big coral trout . We were after a big wahoo so we trolled along the drop offs along the coral reefs but nothing hit . We ran out of time so had to get back to pack and go for the plane to head home . A great morning fishing to end the trip . See the photos below and the video of the coral trout .
A perfect day , no breeze , water flat as a pancake ! We went out to the outer reef number 3 . Everything looked good . One small coral trout came in on a soft plastic . Then nothing . Poppers , jigging and soft plastic jigging couldn’t get a bite . Plenty of bait fish around but no interest . We went to the next reef , same result . We went to the next reef , same result . The weather was too perfect maybe . We hit a fourth reef and started trolling with the big lures . Finally they started biting . I think it was the change of tide . So we ended up with two mackerel , one coral trout , and one big barracuda . So 5 fish for the locals dinner . We fished from 6.30 am till 11.30 am so in summary it was slow , saved by the last hour . See photos and video of the barracuda .see how angry the coral trout is below. Nice shot of the mackerel with the lure under the water .
Due to the rainy weather I decided to go after some bream this morning . My thinking was to fish deeper water amongst the moored boats as the fresh water was on the top so the bream would be down deeper . The morning was overcast with really light to no rain , and no wind .
I fished in water that was between 6 metres and 9 metres deep amongst the moored boats . The tide was high so I was fishing the beginning of the run out . In the first half an hour I had 3 fish in the boat , 2 nice baby snapper and one nice silver bream . All 30 cm . A couple of totters rounded off the bream .All released . Then just as I was working the 2″ shrimp up toward the boat , it was hit by what I thought was a trevally. On my light bream gear , 1-3 kg rod , 1000 reel and 4 lb braid , 6 lb leader , 2″ soft plastic Berkley shrimp , in new penny colour , 1/16 th oz jig head and # 2 hook , the fight was terrific . Time and time again the drag went screaming and all I could do was hold on . It took about 5 minutes of this before I saw a nice rat kingie come close to the surface . Eventually it was in the net and measured 60 cm . Back it went to harrass some other fish . One nice flounder finished the 2 hour session , before the rain came in and I went home .
The water temperature is 17 degrees and the bream are very touchy . I found that you need to work the soft plastic very slowly . Use a light jig head and let it fall slowly to the bottom . Once it is there work it gently and leave it sitting on the bottom for a lot longer , 3 to 5 seconds . When you work it do it gently as if the shrimp it just darting away and falling . Slower the better . A lot of the time they are hitting it on the drop near the bottom.
S perfect morning to go out . High tide at 11.30 so we are fishing the run up tide . Great for bream , flathead , trevally , salmon flounder etc . We decided to chase flathead first as the first of the run up they will be on the move . We hit the drop offs and cast up on the shallow part and dragged the soft plastic back down the drop off . We wer in 7 metres of water dropping to 13 metres as. We think the flathead are in the deep being lazy . First hit was a trevally . Next hit was a nice 50 cm flathead . Then one lost . It went quiet as the tide got higher so we decided to change and use our bream gear for a nice winter bream . For the rest of the fishing not one bite from a bream, not even the babies . Another trevally and a small flounder finished off the morning .
Last day fishing in Bangkok so we are returning to the barramundi farm to see if they will bite as well a second day . We only had 5 hours today as we needed to head to the airport at 3 pm . Within 10 minutes Barra were being hooked on our hard body lures and mostly lost . This continued for a couple of hours , one landed and two throwing the hooks back at us as they jumped and twisted out of the water . One fish hit the lure so hard it there back at us onto the bank .
After about 2 hours and 25 fish landed and released we decided to have some fun with poppers . I put on a small red and white popper and Jonathan put on a bigger red and white popper . The Barra went berserk over these poppers hitting them with huge books that sounded like thunder . See the video below . Cast after cast they hit the lures , many times missing the hook up but the fun was seeing them smash total tally of Barra caught and released today over the 5 hours was 81. The tally hooked and Lost would be nearly triple that .sll the fish were roughly the same size , around 6-7 kg . Photo gallery below . Enjoy the jumping Barra video . There will be more videos each day this week .