Metro Deep Drops...an ongoing saga.

After investing in some new electronics (FCV295/3kW/50kHz), been last few months giving this deep Drop thing a crack. (What a mugs game). Without any marks to go on, it’s been lots of time invested with sporadic small Greyband, knife jaws and big nannys, some surprisingly big pinks and LOADS of green eyes. I’m Learning to be very snobby around what to drop on and has resulted in much less green eyes captures though.

Last weekend tried off two rocks for first time, didn’t find any ground before wind kicked up, with a very strong N to S current too. Sounded around, and found the smallest spot where fish showing no bigger than a house. Landed it first two drifts, with 2 greyband. Then they went off bite and wind kicked up so called it quits. Nice eating size at around 10kg, with a smaller 4-5kg model.

I've noticed this supposed scatter/descending layer of bait regularly out there, Is there any value in following these depths it sits at for fish?? This is where the GBs were sitting this day. 

Added some sounder porn from weekend :)

 

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Well done

Fri, 2018-05-18 08:46

 Reward for effort. 

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nice fish - and nice

Fri, 2018-05-18 08:50

nice fish - and nice sounder!

I am not set up for deep drop but have fished in the high hundreds a bit with little success so feel your pain and fuel bills! - what is the reason for using bent butts? - just easier in terms of terms of the spread on the bait and the waiting game or is it to do with load on the rod?

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Rod is level with the water

Fri, 2018-05-18 09:44

Rod is level with the water and not high sticking.
Otherwise having a more angled rod holder would work just a well with straight butt. 

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makes sense - thanks

Fri, 2018-05-18 11:49

makes sense - thanks

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Though with more level rod

Fri, 2018-05-18 13:59

Though with more level rod holder, i suspect high potential of falling/pulled out. 

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 At least a few fishHow many

Fri, 2018-05-18 14:51

 At least a few fish

How many trips  have u done out there and how many hours on average do u spend sounding around?

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About 8 trips so far, and

Fri, 2018-05-18 14:56

About 8 trips so far, and feel more time in drifting, dropping and lifting over sounding. Few hours sounding I’d say.

up north with some marks I have, haven’t missed once. Big greyband and Ruby’s all day long. Metro is the struggle.

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I feel your pain dude, its

Fri, 2018-05-18 15:58

I feel your pain dude, its hard work.

I have been trying for a few years now, and I pretty well bag out every trip, but I still have not found the blue eye yet, and only got 1 bass to date. (was a monster though).

Getting tired of greybands, and I have nailed a fair few puka.

Once I get the blueeye box ticked, might be able to go back to dhuies.

I have not been given any spots, so each one you find is hard earned.

Stick with it.

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hey bucko

Sat, 2018-05-19 10:15

 caught a few on charter out of Lancelin ,can understand blue eye as bucket list all in all lots of slime lots of red meat ,certainly didnt live up to the expectations in regards to  star rating IMO Grey band far superior but star rating is average , guess its all on peoples preference .

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Ha Ha yeh you are prob right

Sat, 2018-05-19 19:39

Ha Ha yeh you are prob right mate.

Its just the last thing on the list (other than a flame tail) to tick off.

Nothing beats sand whiting but where the thrill in that!

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  What are you calling a

Tue, 2018-05-29 05:43

  What are you calling a Flame tail Bucko?

 

I'm assuming a Ling, correct me if wrong...

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Long tail rubies

Wed, 2018-05-30 13:49

We used to call them long tail rubies, look similar but with very long tail fins

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Flame snapper

Tue, 2018-05-29 16:45

 Like a ruby on acid...