Hamelin Bay Hezza

Popped down to Hamelin Bay for the weekend and went for a midday fish while the kids had a swim in perfect conditions with crystal clear water. Been a while since I’ve had a decent shore bash so I brought a frozen burley block from home and staked it where the waves were washing up to in my scaling bag and was firing out a diving minnow with no joy for about 15 mins. I slowly started seeing a few bubbles and hooked and dropped a couple so changed over to a micro jig with a single hook and nailed a few bull herring. By this stage the water was boiling and they were hitting the micro jig all the way to my feet so changed over to the Sugarpen and had an awesome session sight casting into the school and watching them smash the surface lure with big acrobatics and lot of laughs with my mate as we sucked back stubbies and managed to land 15 before the berley ran dry and the hezza disappeared. 

Ended up trying a couple of methods of cooking later on. First one was chucking them on hot coals whole, scales, guts and all and then running a fork along dorsal fin to skin them which was delicious fresh and the guts shrivelled sway to nothing. Also sat them on top of a piece of jarrah and baked them which gave them a nice smoky flavour but this method would have been better if I brined them first.
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Good session

Mon, 2023-05-22 16:59

 Nice size by the looks, how's the Hamelin ramp looking, had some fun it over the years. 

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Didn't make it down that far

Mon, 2023-05-22 19:07

Didn't make it down that far and didn't see any boats using it. Not much weed around though

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Well done. The hezzas can be

Mon, 2023-05-22 17:51

Well done. The hezzas can be frustrating but fun at times. I mainly used a bit of straw with a single hook


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 Nice mate, not sure about

Tue, 2023-05-23 05:21

 Nice mate, not sure about the dink selection though.


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I concur.

Wed, 2023-05-24 05:56

Nice fish Frosty, yet you could have done better on the drinks. I tried a Sabbath pastry stout by Otherside when I was back in Perth, possibly the best thing I've ever tasted out of a can. You think I could find it in Queensland?

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 Otherside brewing is

Wed, 2023-05-24 09:19

 Otherside brewing is probably the best in town IMO, their Cloudburst Hazy is my fave and their experiemental Imperial stout is off the planet, I have 4 cans left and it's almost like savouring Grange for me. 


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fresh herring are a great

Tue, 2023-05-23 05:35

fresh herring are a great feed. another different method of trying them is =boiling them in salt water whole. a pro did this one night when we were camping at rotto. cant remember if he gut them but they were pretty good from memory


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 Can't go wrong with fresh

Tue, 2023-05-23 11:23

 Can't go wrong with fresh herring Frosty. I usually roll the fillets in Panko, fry them and make fish burgers. Can recommend with a nice cold drink!


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Nice one Jack, sounds a treat

Tue, 2023-05-23 13:11

Nice one Jack, sounds a treat and they are great fun.

Much more fun than watching the footy.

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Listening to it on the way

Wed, 2023-05-24 10:26

Listening to it on the way home made the 4 hour drive seem like I was driving back from Shark Bay.

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Whiting ..

Wed, 2023-05-24 17:53

Where's the whiting frosty ?
cheers pirate..