Easy and rewarding Snapper session

 Went out for a play yesterday evening in a south metro, not so secret place along with 25 other boats and kayaks. Launched at 4:45, anchored in 10m of flat, protected water with burley in at 5. First fish was as the sun kissed the water and as the first targeted pinky on the boat (got an 85cm fluke three years ago) at around 60cm. Around 30 minutes later, the rod went off again with a Big Johns pink jig but it was rediculously small for the fish we were targeting and pulled. 

Over the next hour and a half, we landed another two fish (70 and 80), got a ray, Port Jackson, and two other significant runs that pulled out.

Best fish of the night was the final (80cm, 7kg), about 3 minutes after I said 'let's give I think another 30'. Stuffed up netting it and actually managed to hook the net with the bottom hook. Threw the net at the fish and got it in. When on the boat, both the leader on the hook in the net broke and the hook in the thinnest part of the fishes mouth snapped whilst trying to pick it up. 

If anyone else was in the area, we were the two blokes screaming and shouting like school girls when we got a fish...

After doing miles and miles and throwing thousands of dollars at these fish, was funny to get them where we did.

Pretty sure the Shore Catch block of burley was the winner as the fish were very much around us. Only heard one other boat catch something and when we left, two other boats moved to where we were.

Gotta be the most rewarding session I have had, perhaps ever. Total of 2.1m of fish at 17kg

Everything caught on Bait. Plastics, per usual, proved beyond useless.

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good stuff

Sun, 2017-09-24 11:40

hearin yawith the time and money chasin them 

fricken awesome when you bag out !

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Nice

Sun, 2017-09-24 12:28

Beyond useless    That sums up my plastic adventures too.  I put my brother on a plastic snapper on the West side of the five a year ago . He didn't think plastics worked either.

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Oh yeah

Sun, 2017-09-24 12:47

You have got to be happy with those safely on board.

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Good result

Sun, 2017-09-24 17:15

Good result there Swompa, and don't worry I would be making some noise if I got one as well! I've just about given up on catching a sized Pinky in the sound. Seems like it's the easiest thing in the world, but has eluded me for years. We were out there last night, probably caught 30 pinkys to around 35cm, nothing bigger. Doubtful I'll get another crack this year before the ban.

You will eat well this weekend, well done.

Cheers,

BD

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 Mate, best thing we did was

Sun, 2017-09-24 19:33

 Mate, best thing we did was had the burley (1kg of Shorecatch shred) in the water for an hour before sunset. I am confident it kept the fish around us.

Size 6 circle hooks with paternoster rig with chunk of herring (just cut the fish into quarters) on one hook and a fair chunk of squid on the other. One of the snaps took both baits.

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Thanks

Sun, 2017-09-24 19:42

Thanks for the tip Swompa, we normally try similar (left the shore catch "combo" berley logs in the freezer at home so a quick trip to the tackle shop to get a 1kg shredded mulie log - shore catch of course) and generally use a mix of mulies and squid. Usually have some bottom bouncing on paternoster and a couple of "floaters" out the back. Generally find the pinkies prefer to take the floaters. I'm thinking it's more a location thing, I seem to have no problem catching (little) pinkies, it's just getting a decent size one in the sound that eludes me!

Will make it all so much sweeter when it finally does happen..

Thanks aagin for the tips, and congrats on some nice fish.

Cheers,

BD.

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im pretty confident that our

Sun, 2017-09-24 20:13

im pretty confident that our catches were fluke but it worked. Fingers crossed for you, mate. 

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Sun, 2017-09-24 17:28

 Bloody nice work swompa 

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 Wicked fish broGood job

Sun, 2017-09-24 18:10

 Wicked fish bro

Good job

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Nice fish mr

Sun, 2017-09-24 22:44

 Sure can be easy there haha. Get sidescan and can make it easy easy ;)

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 There was a bloke in a yak

Mon, 2017-09-25 06:55

 There was a bloke in a yak going up and down beside us (like 10m away) and he was very curious at times. My dragonfly didn't show a thing. We were getting hook ups right under the boat and The sounder was blank.

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 Side scan is almost

Mon, 2017-09-25 08:18

 Side scan is almost cheating. Haha always good cruising past boats seeing multiple fish sitting under them and they say they've caught squat. Spotting a school 30m to your side and putting a placcie on their heads is good fun tho.

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 It is definetly cheating

Mon, 2017-09-25 09:31

 It is definetly cheating haha but that's the technology we have these days. 

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hey Robjust wondering what

Thu, 2017-09-28 07:05

hey Rob

just wondering what sort of placcys you used when snapper fishing? 

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 At night i used mad eye

Thu, 2017-09-28 07:29

 At night i used mad eye paddle prawns and durig the day i use zman jerk shadz in coconut ice. But i think if you throw any placcie into a hunting school they'll nail it. The key is a light jighead for a slow fall its as tho they fight eachother to get to it first. Majority hit it on the drop so if the line starts peeling off an open bail be ready when you click it closed they are on a mission. If you fish baits, fish them unweigted. I ran outta jigheads one night and was fishing shorcatch scaleys on a single 6/0 through the head and half hitched the tail less terminal tackle to loose when they dust ya up.

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Hey Rob, Until recently I

Thu, 2017-09-28 14:54

Hey Rob, Until recently I used the Coconut Ice paddlerz and jerk shadz almost exclusively, day and night. I am now mostly using Abrohlos Tackle 5 inch Mcpaddles in white. The only thin I will disagree with is the need for a light jighead, I use 1 oz jigheads in all depths up to about 15 mts and they still get hammered

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 well done. sounds like a

Mon, 2017-09-25 07:50

 well done. sounds like a plan all came together with the fish hanging around. going to have a great feed for sure

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 Got to love it when a plan

Mon, 2017-09-25 12:51

 Got to love it when a plan comes together. Just doesn't happen often enough

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How do you guys burley up?

Tue, 2017-09-26 09:54

How do you guys burley up?  Do you chuck a whole lot on the water surface or do you use a burley bomb to get the burley to the bottom?  Or slowly throw in a handful?

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Plastics are useless

Tue, 2017-09-26 14:46

ha ha ha I landed 6 fish on plastics and dropped 4 from my yak the other day all while the boat fishermen fishing bait not far away caught zip......yep, plastics are useless

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 Back out tonight. Got zip.

Tue, 2017-09-26 21:35

 Back out tonight. Got zip. Burley bucket opened so lost the first lot and then managed to untie itself shortly after I put the second batch in....

 

Jeez it was cold!

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Buggar

Tue, 2017-09-26 21:37

 Many crew out swompa?

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 8-10 boats out from Woodies.

Wed, 2017-09-27 06:50

 8-10 boats out from Woodies. Was constantly in 20's so quite uncomfortable even tucked right into the rock wall. Water temp had dropped 3/4 of a degree and was filthy.

Boat ahead of us (75m) landed two so they must have been around.

A mate is doing a Bait run on Saturday morning whilst I get burley and a new Burley cage and we will have another crack, with what I assume will be a high percentage of the fishing community.

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hey swompa, I went out with

Sat, 2017-09-30 06:54

hey swompa, I went out with an ex colleague on tuesday who showed me the same photos you posted. He says the pics came from his mate's son Aaron who went fishing for pinkies. 

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 Small world! Aaron is a bit

Sat, 2017-09-30 16:56

 Small world! Aaron is a bit of a Rex Hunt when he gets on the boat.