Well it has taken me two weeks to post this but it has taken me 5 months to catch it! I headed out on a friends boat 2 Sundays ago. It is a large 45 footer but it was well and truley needed that day.The forcast wans't great and by not great i mean it was for 20 plus knots and 2.5 mt swell.... We didn't have many options of another day to go out so i made the call to go as the forcast (very unusally) for Perth was for this howling westerly to drop during the day.
So we putted out of the heads and straight to the lee of Carnac to grab some squid.7 in three drifts was good but as skipper and "fisherman" on board i knew we couldn't sit there all day in this awesome boat catching squid.... So out past the reef, line in the water and a slow troll towards stragglers was the plan. Man, to say it was rough was a massive understatement. Lets put it this way, I didnt see one other boat on the water fishing all day(never seen that before).
It was blowing over 20 and a good 2.5 meter swell side on. My brother inlaw was lain out in the cabin for a good hour sick as a dog. So I called it to pull the lines in and head to the lee of Rotto for a try for whitting. This was a waste of an hour other than for those who were a little green to get some colour back and for the rest of us to have a beer. The forecast had been for the wind to drop midmorning but unfortunatly it was after 1 and it was still blowing. Another call and we dicided to head aorund from the lee and try for a mack and brave the wind.
The wind did start to drop and even with the 2.5 meter swell it was fishable once the westerly died down. 10 mins in a fish, lots of whooping from me before it was dropped. We 20 mins later I was on! A quick fight and after who knows how many hours, how many shark mackeral and how many liters of fuel this summer my first metro mack was boat side. Gave the rod to my mate and made the gaff shot my self. Wasn't going to miss that one.
It took a while to stop rocking but at least the day was salvage somewhat.
I wish i had a photo of the weather, this one really doesnt do it justice.