lucky bay mulla

i have been chasing my 1st mulloway for a good while now and thaught while i still have a few days off i should give it a red hot go. so with a packet of mulies and the rods on the roof me and the mrs jumped in the car and headed north for lucky bay!

day 1 found us driving up the beach at ledge point finding a place to camp the night and spend my packet of mulies on catching some decent mulloway bait. after setting up the deck chairs and flinging a mulie out past the breakers, it was less than a minuit before i saw my rod tip nibble and in no time i had my first taylor. this continued for the next couple of hours until the bait esky was full.

the next day after stoping in geralton for some fuel, bait and beers we were on our way to lucky bay! after lifting my feet crossing a train track i had high hopes and a smile on my face as the excitment grew. as we hit the gravel road to lucky bay i new we were close and i would be soaking a bait soon. we hit the beach and had a quick swim in the lagoon, then it was time to find a good place to fish and camp. we drove the strech all the way to waegoe and back before deciding that the beach was the way to go.

we set up camp just in front of a patch of reef with a good gutter running in front with an entrance through the breakers on the other. looked really fishy. so with the camp set up it was time to soak a bait. with the rods out it did'nt take long before one went off and a couple of minuits later i had dirty 4ft shovelnose. i fished the rest of the night catching taylor, dart and a nice silver bream going 42cm.

as the sun came up the next day a already had my bait in the water and about 2 hours later my big rod went off. i yanked it out of the holder and tightend up my drag as i watched my line peeling off the spool. i chased the fish up the beach for a good 50m or so however after getting a small amount of line back the weight dissapeared. i quickley wound in the slack to find i had been bitten off. i re rigged and had my taylor fillet back in the water.

i had two mulies on my other rod that was consistentley catching taylor and dart, even a small threadfin salmon. while rebaiting my taylor fillet my mulie rig went off pulling the rod over and down towards the water. i picked it up and struck! nothing. i left it there for a second and felt a bite, i set the hook and new i had something. while there was not much weight there was a heap of small head shake and in no time at all i had my first mulloway. wooohooo i was over the moon. at 47cm my first mulloway was no horse but certainley nothing to forget.

i rebaited and pegged my mulie past the breakers and a couple of mins later i had my second mulloway about the same size. i ended up getting four little soapies in the next hour then things went quiet. not a bite not even a nibble for the next 3 hours or so. time passed and baits got soggy and i had found myself out of mulies. the only option was to have two big taylor baits soaking while i soaked up some sun and some beers.

as i got up off my camp chair to check my bait the big snyder glas bent over and line started peeling off at an incredible rate. i picked up the rod and held on tight as i wached my spool empty right in front of me. so i tightened up the drag and started getting line back, as i was getting towed up the beach the wife was ready with the camera to take a video. but the fish turned and started heading towards my other rod so the video was cut short as my wife wound in my other rod. i was taking it easy in the heavy surf not to put to much strain on my 20lb mono line as i did'nt want to lose it. then finaly i saw the silver flank in a wave and new exactly what i had, the reason for all those cold nights spent fishing beaches and rock walls finaly paid off with a trip north to lucky bay.

with my new pb mulloway landed just over the 1m mark (the fish ruler on my car only goes to 1m) i was one happy camper, or fisho, and after a quick few very happy snaps i ran back to the surf held the big girl by the tail then watched it dissapear under the foamy blue white water at lucky bay beach. i fished for a nother couple of hours till dark with no more fish but it did'nt matter, i had got what i came for, my dream fish ticked off. what a way to end 2012. next 1m+ flathead!

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great report and what a way to close off the year

Tue, 2013-01-01 06:30

great report and what a way to close off the year. well done

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 great fish off the beach

Tue, 2013-01-01 07:41

 great fish off the beach

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No real fish on the internet!

Tue, 2013-01-01 07:44

yep, even in this day and age , best way to catch your dream fish is to turn the

computer off, turn phone to silent/or off and get out there and fish!

Smell the breeze , the sand under your feet, and the mounful cry of the lonely seabird.

 

Great result well done, well deserved.

 

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Thats a healthy looking

Tue, 2013-01-01 09:06

Thats a healthy looking mulla, congrats.

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Great result

Tue, 2013-01-01 09:55

Great result Crezz, great way to end the year.

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good stuff

Tue, 2013-01-01 12:32

Good stuff Crezz and that mulla pic is a cracker.

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 Great pics crezz, nice

Tue, 2013-01-01 13:09

 Great pics crezz, nice mulla, good gutters. Good way to bring in the year

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Well done.

Tue, 2013-01-01 13:11

 Pay dirt from lots of knowledge development and work. Good to see someone else using older styled fishing rods and reels. Hope you post your flattie capture. All the best in 2013

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 Aye  - that icon aint meant

Tue, 2013-01-01 13:13

 Aye  - that icon aint meant to be there, maybe subliminal jealousy!!!

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yep, next dream fish is the

Tue, 2013-01-01 17:12

yep, next dream fish is the 1m flattie... anyone on here had the privelage to catch one yet?

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In pic #4 (inline with your

Tue, 2013-01-01 19:39

In pic #4 (inline with your sunglasses) is that darker water the gutter?.. infront of the whitewash at the back?.. I'm trying to learn how to read a beach so I can actually get something and am still having trouble with reading gutters/rips etc.

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Yes I believe so

Wed, 2013-01-09 20:32

There is clearly a large gutter in front of the rear breakers but there may also be second gutter in front of the waves breaking closest to the beach that you can see in pic #5 and the 2 gutters seperated by a sandbar. The whole area looks really fishy so if you are scouting a beach and you find this you would be halfway to a good result!!

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Magic stuff!Great report and

Tue, 2013-01-01 22:33

Magic stuff!

Great report and as said, that mulla pic is a beauty. POTM entry I reckon....

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pigdaddy, yer that darker

Wed, 2013-01-02 06:26

pigdaddy, yer that darker water infront of the whitewash is a narrow but long gutter. or a fish highway haha

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Cheers bro, now I might have

Wed, 2013-01-02 12:34

Cheers bro, now I might have a chance knowing where to lob my bait hehe, great catch too can't wait to put a saddle on a mully.

 

 

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 beautiful looking mulla bro.

Wed, 2013-01-02 17:51

 beautiful looking mulla bro. Well Done.

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nice fish mate im a bit

Tue, 2013-01-08 21:38

nice fish mate im a bit jelous i just got back from there and i didnt get to do the fishing i wanted as i was with a couple of non fishing families, i only got out beach fishing one night and got a bag of tailor in about half an hour after the sun went down. got plenty of crays though 52 over the 4 day we pulled the 1 pot we had with us

we went from the 28th december to the 4th of jan when were you up there?'

did you end up fishing on the luckybay side of the lagoon or wagoe side?

 

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dan, we were fishing the

Wed, 2013-01-09 19:53

dan, we were fishing the lucky bay side and we were only there for a few days from 28th to the 31st december. sounds like ya had a goot go at the crays mate

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Howd you do the panaorama -

Thu, 2013-01-10 01:20

Howd you do the panaorama - do you have merging software or was it a super wide angle lens?

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haha nothing flash, lust a

Thu, 2013-01-10 15:05

haha nothing flash, lust a setting on iphone