Metro Drift ... Random Drops. You never know

Tried to spend some brief time before the demersal ban prospecting for new fishing spots ... rule has become 1-2 minute drops only, and only drop when the sounder lights up with significant activity, or else move on. Love looking for new ground ... you never know what you are going to get! Fish pulled off random sounder drops below. Cheers

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nice work

Wed, 2017-09-20 10:04

 thats exactly what ive been doing, last trip out with the new crusher we found 5 pretty nice bits of ground out of hillarys and the search continues , been fishing mindarie for 5 years now and have a ton of spots that usually do not fail but keen to find that elusive 20kg dhu so we are on the hunt for new horizons!

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red snapper

Wed, 2017-09-20 10:06

 i gather the pic in 82m held the red snapper?

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yep the 82m sounder shot was

Wed, 2017-09-20 11:29

yep the 82m sounder shot was a school of pinkies/nannygai.

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 Nice ! Whatever your doing

Wed, 2017-09-20 10:09

 Nice ! Whatever your doing working very well. Must admit I never have much luck finding new ground although I never commit to it like you have - which is probably my issue.


Are you just heading out to a certain/random depth and slowly moving along the contour lines or do you sound around area's that you already know has a bit of ground.

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 Yep I do exactly the same

Wed, 2017-09-20 10:22

 Yep I do exactly the same thing, have my regular grounds but as Ryan says trying to find that big boy requires hunting around.


Love the West!

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 theres some awesome fish

Wed, 2017-09-20 10:42

 theres some awesome fish there

wicked job mate

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Seek and ye shall find

Wed, 2017-09-20 10:53

A very good looking freezer of fish there, well done guys. It is quite funny I think that you will sound in places you never gave a second thought too, then whala all of a sudden the sounder lights up. Which leaves you thinking why didn't I ever try this area before.

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New ground

Wed, 2017-09-20 11:33

 New ground is the key. Alway travel a different track when heading out and coming home. When I find a lump or fish I'll always sound the area first to see if any other ground is near bye. When you find that secret spot protect it! I only fish mid week and if other boats are around I'll just keep searching and marking spots for later. Just keep your old tracks on the GPS this will help traveling new territory every time.  

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Reason why new ground is so

Wed, 2017-09-20 13:42

Reason why new ground is so important for me is that I know that come summer when boats are everywhere, the odds are that there is someone near one of my spots. I personally don't like stopping in the same vicinity as others if they were there first regardless of whether I have a similar spot in the area ... Also, last few weeks we have been out deep and someone has come and parked right next to us ... so rather than get upset, I now just pull up rods asap and move on to another spot(regardless of whether we are catching fish there or not).

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 well done on the scouting.

Wed, 2017-09-20 15:02

 well done on the scouting. certainly getting a great feed . gotta be in it to win it. 


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 Great stuff! I have the

Thu, 2017-09-21 00:17

 Great stuff! I have the lazier approach of burley and drift until I catch stuff



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 Great few catches there

Thu, 2017-09-21 08:10

 Great few catches there fellas, wondering why you have kept a gurnard tho got stung by 1 of those fukas last time out. Also don't always rely on a fish show on the sounder. It may be a bit different ground down this way but I've caught heaps on low lying coral or sandstone where the fish come out from under cover to investigate yr bait. Anyways some great fish there.


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 Good stuff - thats smart

Fri, 2017-09-22 10:15

 Good stuff - thats smart fishing


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 Well done! What fish is on

Fri, 2017-09-22 14:01

 Well done! What fish is on the plate at the bottom? It looks delish!



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Hi mate - it was some tuna we

Fri, 2017-09-22 21:09

Hi mate - it was some tuna we stumbled across whilst out one day. Cheers

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 do the same thing - only

Sat, 2017-09-23 22:52

 do the same thing - only drop when fish showing or bait schools.  Last big queen snapper I called, saw a big bait school and called for a snapper as I dropping the jig down (mind you I was thinking a pink one) dropped it onto my biggest blue mowie - I'll take that 


Tuna looks nice


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