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Catching Giant Trevally Far North Queensland

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Day two went from 7.30 am till 5 pm .Weather was fantastic, no wind , hot and sunny . There are 4 boats with guides and 3 fishing per boat . Total score was 9 GT’s , 4 in the 6-8 kg ,2 ,10-15 kg , and 3 ,20 kg each . Some big fish .Also there was 4 coral trout in the 3-4 kg Mark, a couple of sharks , and some small stuff in between .overall the fishing was slow and to break it up we had swims and snorkelling in amongst the best coral you could ever see. Lunch was on a sandy island where two of the fisho’s caught a small GT each , site casting soft plastics .This water is crystal clear. One boat had a terrible day with only a few small reef fish . The day was mainly spent casting huge poppers for the giant trevally .Very hot work but when they hit it is amazing and exciting . To break up the fishing some used small nomad stick baits , and I used soft plastics and micro jigs . Most of my coral trout came from 7″ soft plastics , Berkeley gulp in pearl glow , or the pink , with 1oz jig heads , 5/0 hook , 80 lb leader , 30 or50 lb braid , rod PE 2-4 ,5000 Stella reel , and PE 3-5 , 6000 Stella reel . For 12 of us , not a prolific day but an enjoyable one as the location is just fantastic.
See photos below .

 

 

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Day 2 Vanuatu fishing

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The seas were flat as a pancake , no wind , so the 4 of us took our wives out for a morning fish at the second fad. See the photos below of them popping for yellowfin tuna . The poppers are about 30 cm long so it is hard work , the rods are PE 6-8 , reels Stella 14000 fast action , and the braid 60 lb and 200 lb leader . There were big yellowfin all around but we couldn’t get a hit for over an hour . Then we decided to show them how to jig . There was a lot of laughter and shrieking but no fish hits at all .Then Annette managed to land a small yellowfin ,that’s a photo below . See the smile .we took them for snorkel on the coral and fed the huge red bass and multitiude of small reef fish , before coming in for lunch at the lodge. The afternoon info after the photos below .

 

 

Afternoon we went jigging for doggies . This was a fun packed afternoon with plenty of action . We must have hold over a dozen doggies and not one landed . There were schools of big pike around and sharks and they either hit the line and were biting it off or hitting the fish and taking our catch . One hit I had on the 80 lb rod and 20,000 Stella reel , with 24 kg drag locked , wouldn’t stop. We shared the rod for about half an hour and then it busted off . We could only get about 5 metres of line every few minutes . When we lost it , it was still 60 metres down and we were towing it with the boat in circles to try to get it to come up . Probably a big shark hooked in the side or tail . There are some big fish down there . Another doggie managed to get off by straightening the hook , when I thought we had this one . We were fishing in water 50 -70 metres deep running up to 45 metres . The sounder had so much bait fish showing , so we were always on the spot . Paul has one fish , we think it must have been a huge red bass or grouper that had his 400 T curve jigging rod about to bust . 200 lb leader and 18000 Stella reel . We didn’t get this in either , lost just before we could see it . In between all this action we caught half a dozen pike and some coronation trout , but the real fun was these big hits . Just at the end of the day Paul was using bait and he hooked into something big again . This time he got it in , a huge pike , must be nearly 5 ft long , see photo below. He cheated as he put a wire trace on with bait just to see what was down there.
So the tally for the afternoon was one big pike , 6 or 7 smaller ones ,2 trout , and more lost than we would like to remember . But fantastic fun . Just it let you know the gear we are using , see photos . I have 3 rods , one PE 6-8 , 20,000 Stella reel, 80 lb braid , 200 lb leader , jig 100 g-120 g . Second rod PE 3-5 , Stella 10000 reel , 60 lb braid 200 lb leader , 3 oz jig head ,soft plastic 7″ , 5/0 hook . Third rod is PE 2-4, 30 lb braid , Stella 5000 reel , 80 lb leader , 60 g jig . The three other guys have similar gear . Even on the heavy gear we still get beaten up . Anyway more tomorrow for day 3 . Is there a better fishing place than this ?

 

 

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Final day 4 Fishing Chiang Mai Thailand

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The final morning we could only fish till 11 am , 4 hours . Quite slow today but one big prize , another arapaima. Not as big as the first one but about two thirds the size . Still a beauty !
To summarise the trip . This is a tranquil place where you relax between bites as you don’t get a lot of fish each day . Our tally was , 10, 7,8, and 1 . But they are big and unique . If you want a place where you can catch a trophy fish and many kinds of species that you have never seen or would like to put on your bucket list, then this is a good place to go. We did not even see the many other species or huge size fish that are in this lake .
The accommodation is first class , you fish right outside your bungalow in the shade of the verandah , and the aircon is only a few steps away if the heat is too much .The three home cooked meals each day cooked by Noon , are fantastic , She is a great cook . The hospitality is also terrific. They cannot do enough for you .There is no need to bring gear , it is all provided . Only bait fishing , no lures or soft plastics . There is always someone with you baiting your hook and helping you with everything . You fish from 7 till 7 if you want to .
All we want is the fish to cooperate more and it would be 10 out of 10 . In saying this , we have all gone home catching fish we have never seen in a size we never imagined . The prize was the 100kg arapaima, followed by the 50 kg red tail cat fish , followed by the Tambaqui 20 kg . See the photos below . We left a lot of first time catches still to be caught . There is always next time .
Have a look at www.teaktreefishingchiangmai.com, this is their website .

 

 

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Fishing Chiang Mai Thailand Day 3

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Day three, the fishing was slow till 5.30 but very relaxing . You don’t catch a lot of fish but the ones you do are big and give you a lot of excitement . The first caught was the ripsaw catfish , an Amazonian species , very unique and interesting . Very sharp barbs on its side . That is the photo below . The next was a Tambaqui , a cousin of the piranha , about 20 kg . This gave a great fight .
Another small Siamese carp and that was all till 5.30 . Then we hit anothe 5 fish , all red tail cat fish . The biggest was Jonathan’s at 50 kg . This was a beautiful fish . My biggest red tail was also yesterday and is below in a photo.
More to come tomorrow ,last day .

 

 

 

 

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Fishing Chiang Mai Thailand Day 1

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We are fishing in Thailand at an inland lake stocked with all different types of fish. Fishing is with bait and big rods . The tally for today was 7 fish , four red tail cat fish about 8-10 kg each , one Siamese carp , 6 kg , one wallagu leeri cat fish , and the prize , a 100 kg arapaima . See the photos below . If you can handle the heat it is exciting fishing .The rods go in a rod holder , see photo , and it is connected to an electronic gadget that beeps when the line is pulled out by the fish . This gets you going ,you rush down to the rod and strike to set the baitcaster reel into action .More tomorrow . Stay tuned and get fishing !

 

 

 

 

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Fishing Taveuni island day 2

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Day two , the wind was still up so we went out in the afternoon to a new reef . We threw poppers and soft plastics and Scott jogged wi a 100 g jig . Nothing hit . We moved to the second reef and started trolling . Adam got hit with a big GT which we boated and then released . Three coral trout came in and then I caught a small GT on the soft plastic . A very slow afternoon . Hopefully more fish are biting tomorrow . See photos below and video of the coral trout underwater . See the size of the lure these coral trout will attack !
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Fishing Taveuni Island Fiji

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Sorry I haven’t been blogging for over a week . I have had no internet connection fishing remote Fiji . Plenty of videos ans plenty of photos to come each night this week . Here’s a selection .the photo of the barracuda shows the smallest fish of the trip and are eaten by the locals . They say they are tasty . The sunset is from the resort we stayed at to fish . Much more to come stay tuned .
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Yellowfin Hook up Vanuatu (Video)

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Let me set the scene for this video . We were out at one of the fads and the small yellowfin and skipjack were busting up on the surface everywhere . Lots of white water . They were obviously being chased by bigger fish . The boat motored up to these schools and two guys at a time threw 12″ poppers into the middle of them . Plenty of hook ups and misses and lost fish but also plenty of yellowfin in the boat . All of them around 25 kg – 30 kg . But the fun was watching them hit the popper and smash it . Then the long fight as they never give up . See for yourself on the video below.
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