First Light Tailor Trip

Went to visit the better half’s friend on the weekend and got chatting with her husband and drooling over his 6.5m Coastrunner with self-deploy Minn Kota and awesome fishing deck.  Over a few chooks, we planned a first light tailor run to see if we could find any around the inshore reefs.

Got to the ramp about 4.40am in darkness with a 10kn southerly blowing.  The swell was forecast about 2m so we fished a close reef first up where you didn’t need to see the waves.  No luck there so when the light allowed we headed further out.  Used the Minn to hold us in a spot very close to the breaking reef, deployed the burley and soon had bait fish around the boat.  The swell was building so we knew we didn’t have long to fish safely.

At about 5.50am we got the first decent hit and after a good fight had a nice tailor in the net.  This was a quality fish and it was excellent to land the target species. 

5 minutes later we had another one, although not quite as big as the first it was still a good fish.  Then the waves started to break a bit close to the boat so it was time to move on.

Headed to an adjacent weed bank, got the burley out and had our bag of nice big herring in about half an hour.  Back at the ramp around 7am for what was an enjoyable couple of hours before work.  Definitely one to do again while the ban is on.

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 Gotta love it when a plan

Wed, 2019-10-23 16:33

 Gotta love it when a plan comes together. 

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 rather be fishing

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great looking tailor

Wed, 2019-10-23 18:57

Very good pics of the fish with no blood and guts all over them, did you release them. Just wondering.

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Tailor Release

Wed, 2019-10-23 20:55

The fish were photographed immediately after capture (nice clean hook ups on extra-large mulies cast into the reef holes).  I generally release all the tailor I catch and just enjoy the challenge of hunting and getting them, as they go so hard in testing spots.

John is a fish eater so the tailor were kept.  Add in the big herring and the trip produced a lot of quality fresh fillets.

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 Belters

Thu, 2019-10-24 18:07

 Belters

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 well done. would have been

Thu, 2019-10-24 19:00

 well done. would have been stoked to see that beauty in the net

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Metro?

Fri, 2019-10-25 09:23

 Love the fight and great eating same day. Well done might give it crack out inthe boat and off the beach. Thanks for the insperation.

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Hillarys

Fri, 2019-10-25 13:08

Yes, out of Hillarys.  Most of the close reefs hold tailor, but they are generally there or not so you need to be prepared to try different spots.  

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Awsome

Fri, 2019-10-25 13:45

 Thats what i hoping. Got a few spots in mind. Thanks Mick

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