Great end to the year!
Here's a bit of background story before I start the report on lasts weeks fishing.
I am half Balinese, half Australian. I lived in Bali for 3 years from the age of 3 to 6 years old, we then moved back to Perth where my mother is from to start my schooling. My family has been going back to Bali for holidays nearly every year since then. Last year my parents decided to fly my Uncle and and Dads cousin out to Australia for a 3 week holiday so they could experience how we live in Australia and how we celebrate Christmas, something they dont celebrate in Bali. They flew back to Bali just last night. Turns out my uncle loves fishing, although never has the time to do it back home. In the weeks leading up to xmas we took them both fishing off the rocks in Henderson a couple times, where they had a blast catching whiting, bream, undersize snapper, and we even let him keep a trumpeter to taste after he begged us he wanted to try it! I wasnt game to eat it but he said it tasted like mullet!
Well Christmas came and it came a day early for myself, picking up my new car on Xmas eve! 2011 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L.
Every Xmas my family spends at least a couple days at my Grandparents house. I made it down there on Xmas day and my family had arrived the day before and told me of the schools of salmon they saw and that one man had hooked and lost a few using snook for bait! We headed down to our spot on boxing day to find a mass school of fish sitting just metres out. The bulk of the school was Buffallo Bream in the 2-6kg range, which kept us amusingly happy when things went quiet, and simming with them, almost rounding them up, were quite a few salmon.
My cousin after netting my buff, taken on 8lb line.
We threw nearly everything at the salmon, frustratingly hitting them in the head with x-raps, stickbaits, plastics, and mulies, and not a second look was given. I knew there was only one way to get them and that was to leave, fish the shore for sand whiting then rush back while they were still alive and send them back out. We managed 5 whiting between us, resulting in 5 takes and landing only one! Dad onto the only salmon for the day...
A nice one..
We did the same thing for 4 days straight, spending the time catching bait, then catch the salmon. Other fishos couldnt believe it, they would be there all morning then we would rock up, catch the fish and leave! Salmon swimming over the buffs..
Live and not-so-live bait..
Giving the Nitro a hard time..
First ever netting attempt from the tourist :P
And another one..
Excited school coming over to investigate the splash..
Nom Nom Nom..
We ended up with 2 at 75cms and 6 or 7 around the 60cm mark. After a couple hook-ups the bream would get spooked from the comotion of the salmon and drift to an out of casting range reef, and the salmon would follow. A couple of the bream my brother managed to catch, quite impressively..
We also managed some tailor in the evenings, catching them on mulies and plastics..
And the tourists..
The skippy were running hot also, especially on plastics and marabou jigs.
We caught a couple in excess of 45cms, the biggest we have ever caught and seen in that area! Probably one of the best stints we've had staying there, great way to end the year! Cheers, Beau