Exxy 2020 - Cut short but better than nothing

The annual 2020 Exxy trip got cut short, we had to leave on Sunday only half way through our trip, due to the impending regional road closures and increasingly restrictive social distancing rules, but we still got some good fish and had a lot of laughs.


67 cartons of beer, 15 blokes, 14 bottles of spirits, 7 boats, 2 houses and 1 mother of all parties prior to the restrictive social distancing rules coming in........what a trip!

I only have a few photos from my phone and I took very few, lots of other fish but here is what I got.....


On way up....a bit apprehensive with the whole Corona thing, but we still went.

Arrived Exxy midday after a stop over on the way up, first fish on jig to Daz by 2.30 pm:


Finally a red on jig after many, many years trying for me, first half day was a good one!


First half day with lots of red stuff, these go hard on jig. 


First night in Exxy......everyone with sad faces looking for Langa, who missed the trip at the last minute due to Corona work issues.....the other crew similarly had a crewmenber missing due to quarantine from overseas travel........we "relunctlantly" drank Langas beer and used his brand new 200 series for the tow up.


Nek day, it was skippers vs deckies......me and Bodie took my boat out, the 4 deckies took Bodies boat......and the winner is.....THE SKIPPERS....easily ! We bagged out on reds, goldband and a stonking jack by 11.30 am, the deckied dicked around all arvo for a few Charlie Court.....


Some of the weather was brilliant.....me and Troy from the other crew fished in pidgeon pair Whalers within a few meters of each other for over half an hour. 

Went out for blues one day, raised one and had a hit, 14 small blacks raised in closer and 4 landed between me and Bodie over two days. 


Heading home early......to Zombieland........




Boston Whaler 235 Conquest......getting the flogging it was built for.

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Quality work JF, as always

Wed, 2020-04-01 17:13

Quality work JF, as always ;-)

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 That's living the dream

Wed, 2020-04-01 19:00

 That's living the dream right there



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Nice whaler

Wed, 2020-04-01 19:03

 Thanks John and Bodie for another great trip it was cut short but we had a great time and i got the biggest red haha bring on next year

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 Glad you guys found time to

Wed, 2020-04-01 19:11

 Glad you guys found time to get some drinking in. Looked the most amazing trip, thanks for sharing.


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Wed, 2020-04-01 19:16

 Hope you still managed to drink all the grog.

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Wed, 2020-04-01 19:40


Finally a positive story, with all thats happening currently it might be a while before we get to see or read another one,

Thanks for sharing, that would have been an awesome trip even when cut in half.



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Yep was a good trip

Wed, 2020-04-01 20:01

 Even though it was cut short by a week. 
has Daz put a shirt on yet? Hahaha




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 Nice work as usual lads! Did

Wed, 2020-04-01 20:12

 Nice work as usual lads! Did you get some of that cheap unleaded boat fuel up there?


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 Well done all round. Some

Wed, 2020-04-01 20:16

 Well done all round. Some nice fish for sure. Pity about it being a short one. At least you got the trip in unlike many others . Enjoy the fillets as it will b e a while before the next ones. 

Nice size jack and them chinamen go hard on any hook not just on jig


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wow, for a short trip looks

Thu, 2020-04-02 12:54

wow, for a short trip looks like you came up with the goods!

looks like some fantastic conditions too!

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emu bitter!

Thu, 2020-04-02 14:23

Good boy!


what bait did you use for the chinaman.... bat or pangolin?

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Dat sum pharnee shit Scotto

Thu, 2020-04-02 18:43

Dat sum pharnee shit Scotto


Boston Whaler 235 Conquest......getting the flogging it was built for.

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Honest question

Thu, 2020-04-02 21:20

Did I say sum ting wong?  

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Great fun in a group like

Thu, 2020-04-02 14:28

Great fun in a group like that..couple boats! awesome.

The Whaler sure is a sweat looking set up!

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Thu, 2020-04-02 16:31

67 cartons, fark


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 Nice . . . .   the way a

Thu, 2020-04-02 19:23

 Nice . . . .   the way a fishing trip should be even though it was cut short