Saturday, December 29, 2018

December hoodies.

1.150m Yellowtail Kingfish 
Live bait did the damage. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Banging da big ones.

Live bait did the damage.
1.130m YellowTail Kingfish.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tuesday Morning Mayhem

Some crazy early morning action.

All on live bait.

Paul 1.21M 1.12m

Mark 1.21m

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ding Dong the witch has gone!

Yellow Tail Kingfish. 1.110m
Long wait,short story.
Bridled yakka of horse proportion.Sourced Stealth side. 
14ft of water with ground stood. 
Initial call.....Bronzey then eyeballed silver slab.YeHa game on. 
One rod,one bait,one technique..........lock it up and hang on.
Love the Accurate.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Boxing Day Special - Hoodlum eats a fly WTF

Kingfish 1.24m approx 18 kgs

As impossible this is to believe the fish below was caught using a clouser minnow on 30lb fluro.

I have no idea why it chose to smash the fly rather than take a nice fresh 8 inch squid strip on my other 80lb rig but it did.

Half an hour fight beats my PB by 5cm

Happy days! 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ho Ho Ho

Some excellent fishings been had by Paul and  Steve with some nice metre fish

Pauls been absolutely kicking it out of the park with countless legals and heaps in the 90 range all on live baits.

Paul's went 103 and Magnum's 101

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Another hoodlum for "The Chef"

Yellowtail Kingfish... 1.200m in length.
Live yakka did the damage. 
Great effort once again Steve !

The full story

It had been an uneventful morning.

I'd dragged baits around for a couple of hours with no sign of kingfish.

I'd had enough and was paddling in when my livie got smashed in shallow water. I knew straight away that this was a serious fish but there was'nt much i could do in that depth to stop it getting me on the reef as it towed me towards the swell zone . I eased off the drag and was eventually able to angle it out and pull it into deeper water.

I was'nt sure of the extent of the damage to the leader so it was a nervous fight but 15 minutes or so later and a half a k away from where i got hit, i got the fish up.

Then my gaff shot bounces off. I drop the gaff in the water (luckily it floats) and the fish goes apeshit and lunges back under the right side of the ski, while my rod in my left hand gets pulled across my body with incredible force and i almost lose that too. Probably luck to not go for a swim.

I didnt miss with the second gaff shot.

118cm ?? and a new PB (Steve I reckon if that was square on the mate it 1.20)

Photo taken by an old lady.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A puff of wind turns the fish on.

Pauls turn this time. 

Long reef. 
Live yellowtail. 
50/80lb braid leader combo. 
Yellowtail kingfish at 1.020m in length. 
Great effort!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Yak Spearfishing- a very steep learning curve

Thanks firstly for the edits Pants

Well its been about a year since I started  but Saturday was the day that I finally saw and nailed a decent Kingfish on the spear. Other than seeing a few rats in my previous trips I had never seen any decent kingies and certainly not seen any in a big school.

After 3 months of poor visibility I was hopeful that Saturday was the day to dive. It had been following 3 days of solid southerlies so I thought the odds of clear water was probable. So I packed my spearfishing and fishing gear just in case the water wasn’t clear and headed out.

First stop was the wall.Visibility was like excellent at 25m but the northerly current was strong so I decided to come in closer. I tried the point for about ½ hour without seeing anything  then headed south along the bomby line.

On the way I managed to shoot a small mowy.

Then out of nowhere in the shallows  to my left appeared a massive school of “metreish” kingfish who appeared to be attracted to my flasher. I was startled to see them and they were too.

They were moving fast and I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity.  

I also wasn’t going to try and cherry pick the biggest in the school so I simply picked the closest fish aimed my riffe euro and fired.

Thankfully it connected with the kingy trying its darnest to get to the bottom I grabbed the line and released the gun and reasonably calmly came to the surface. This action however whipped up a frenzy to the other kingies who thought they were in for a free feed.

I climb on board with the line in  hand 

There was no way I was going to handle the fish at the surface nor was I going to chance the opportunity to lose the fish by removing the spear.

So I threw it in the hatch with spear attached and cut the line from the stomach area . 

The shot wasn’t by any means perfect  hopefully I will hit it closer to the middle and closer to the gills. 

Frickin stoked went 95cm

Monday, December 5, 2016

Same Spot different day

Monkeys off my back this year with a 1.17m king and a good size  snapper 67 cm

 Both were caught in essentially the same spot with the same bait with and a larger kingfish dropped.

The snapper struck 5 minutes before the southerly hit

Both took about the same time to land 4 minutes with the King on 80 and the Snapper on 30lb

Love the speed of the 550

video to come 😳

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Breaking the 1.0m drought.

Up well before sunrise to beat the hoards collecting lives from the local wharf. 
Paddled out to the grounds then deployed live bait for two off 0.72m and one off 1.000m on the knocker, yellowtail kingfish. 
6.85kg for the larger specimen. 
Power boat came screaming disappeared.....Ahh, Sunday mornings. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Straight from the horse's mouth

Report from Steve -slightly edited :)

Water felt heaps colder today as I packed my wifes thermals. Dunno about vis as it was cloudy but I was back to the beach at 7.15am.

10 knots west wind, decent swell. Got in line with point x in ...9m of water.

Yakka was in for about 10 minutes. Got hit and turned it after the first run.

Came in easy until I almost had it at the the leader  then it went ballistic.

I locked it up and went hard on it but it was nowhere done and went closest to flipping the ski i've been during a fight. It went hard under the ski near the end.

3 blokes watching nearby yell out. Is it a bonito? WTF

Nice on Steve that is either 4 or 5 metres in a year ive lost count. Came in at 1.01m

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Arrawarra Mackerel

Had a awesome four days last week at Arrawarra chasing Mackerel.

Conditions were amazing except for 1 day with several good sized mackeral caught and heaps of livies around (yellowtail and slimies)

Thanks to Wayne on the green stealth for the tips.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Another Good Size King

This time to Paul coming in at 0.95m

It has to be the best season in years for Big Kingies at Long Reef

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Another Big Fish for Steve's Bar and Grill

Comes in at 0.98m

Not counting legals and rats that makes it 2 metres, 2 ninety kings and 1 86cm snapper this season alone

Great Fishing

Monday, April 4, 2016

Grasshopper this is getting embarrassing all these trophy fish

Exhibit C Species: Stonker  Pagrus Auratus

Caught: Long Reef on Live Bait

Weight: 8kg (record Sydney Kayak Fishing Snapper??)

Length: 86cm

Age: Approximately 20-40 years old (DPI NSW growth chart)

Anyway congrats on your 3rd trophy fish this year you are da man (2 metre kings and the snapper). Kicked everyones butt this year.  It was well deserved you put alot of time in sourcing live baits at all ungodly hours of the morning.

Just pity the old lady couldn't get you to open your eyes for the photo (nice background though)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The door opens and "GreenHorn" steps in.

Welcome aboard have kicked some serious arse in a short length of time!

Well done mate......great effort. 

1.020m Yellow Tail kingfish. 

0.950m YellowTail kingfish. 

1.120m YellowTail kingfish. 

Quality fish mate and a great achievement from a fishing ski. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Big Hoodlum

Finally beat my Kingfish PB of 117cm on a livey.

This beast came in at 119cm

The fight lasted 10 minutes and at 1 point almost flipped the ski.

No gaff too ... faark

Thanks to the mothership for the pickup..

Saturday, September 19, 2015

There back.

Henry and Paul get stuck into some brutes. 
Love the new ski Paul. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mark heads North.

Arrawarra Spotty. 

Day 1.....Got nothing.Steep learning curve. 

Day 2.....Two fish.

Day 3.....Dropped big Spanish at the ski, then lost my mackerel virginity with a spottie. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

North Coast Mac Tuna.

Paul removing the hooks for a release. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Henry scores a Blue Fin.

Add one off " Thunnus maccoyii" to the species caught list. 

Measured 1.250m and caught on a pilchard. 
It took a two hour fight to get this one in the hatch. 

Great effort mate.