30kg East Coast Mackerel

Have a good mate from over East, born and bred in the West, who is a quality fisherman that I regularly exchange photos with.  He was out here a couple of weeks ago for a mate’s 50th and we planned lots of trips.  Unfortunately his trip corresponded with an Autumn storm front and we could only have one session in the” calm before the storm” which produced, well, SFA size pinkies.  A mixed bag but nothing of note and a bit of a disappointment for all.

Since then, he has been on and East coast “purple patch”.  First a 5.3kg pinkie:

and then this!

Caught north of Moreton Island on a whole squid, 30lb braid with 5’0 snelled hooks on mono leader.  WTF – one hook in the corner of the gob and one in the eye and a very lucky capture.  The “photo war” is hotting up but I am not sure I could get close to that beast.  Definitely a photo worth sharing.


Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it - LH.