Christened the new mackeral esky
Been a member for a while now and this is my first post. Just like to say that I enjoy reading the website.
Caught this mackeral on Sunday 27/11/11.
BOM was predicting 8/13 knts in the morning with the winds picking up in the afternoon.
The plan was to launch early and come home by 10:00am before the winds picked up.
Me and my mate launched my boat from Dampier boat ramp at 4:30am with the intention of heading to Sailfish Reef.
When we got into the shipping channel the water was a bit rougher than expected but decided to stick to the plan.
Arrived at Sailfish Reef put two lines with plastic lures out and the plastic mirrored teaser for some trolling.
Had a few hits but no hook ups after 1 & half hours, was starting to lose interest especially with the annoying swell.
Then one of the lines went screaming, I grabbed the rod and my mate pulled in the other line and the teaser.
By the time this was done I was almost spooled so we had to chase the fish with the boat to get some line back.
After about 15 minutes of tug and war I was starting to feel sick so I handed the rod over to my mate to carry on.
After another 5 minutes he had it below the surface but could'nt make out what it was, first thoughts was a shark.
My mate got it to the surface and it was a huge spanish mackeral which was foul hooked in the guts, I gaffed it and we both lifted it on board.
After this we called it a day as I became sick and added some burley to the water.
Back at the boat ramp by 9:30am
Narrow Barred Spanish Mackeral 1400mm long, approx. 25kg, Shimano 15-24kg aqua tip rod, Penn 330GT overhead reel, 37kg monoline, red & white Halco L190 laser pro 190 2m+
4.88mt Quintrex Seabreeze, 70HP Johnson 2 stroke
Malibu Pro Explorer fishing kayak