Metro Mackie and recent catches

Hey guys, long time no post by me, have been trying to upload reports regularly but seems my phone and its photo resolution is not compatible with the forum and the pictures come out all skew-whiff, so have had to upload to a third party photo sharing website first.

Finally ticked off the metro mack for this season, didnt think it was going to happen after a run of bad luck with 2 fish going full airborne on the strike and missing the hooks and getting snipped off by another while targeting sambos in the shallows. New PB for me at 1.44m

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Took dad out a little while ago to chase some fillets. Halfway across the sound I realised I had forgotten the sounder and only had the GPS. All the fish come off the one spot, and after only ever catching 1 baldie off Perth before, we ended up with 3 in one session.

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Have been taking advantage of the very little swell off Perth lately and sneaking into some gnarly ground hoping for some tailor out of the whitewash, some sessions better than others but I think if I het them at sunrise or sunset I would be in for a hot session. Havent had any luck on poppers yet, all the fish have been caught on stickbaits or plastics.

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Last year I won a $1400 reel through Recfishwests FADs photo comp and was honoured to find out they were going to run the photo on the front cover of their 90 page Annual Report. You can check out the online version here https://recfishwest.org.au/news/recfishwest-2020-annual-general-meeting-reflecting-on-a-year-of-great-gains-despite-big-challenges/

I also feature in the current Western Angler, where I answer some questions about how I got into fishing and some of my favourite styles and share some techniques on how I target YTK.

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On Good Friday I took the young fella out for a quick session around the inshore reefs for some fun on herring and we come across a little school of big snook which was a lot of fun on the plastics. We had a good laugh as he got to experience first hand at how smelly and slimey they can be.

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I snuck out yesterday arvo for a quick anchor and burley session in the shallows hoping for some big autumn skippy but with the lack of swell recently I might have to wait a bit longer before I see any around the reefs. Had a red hot session just flicking back mulie cubes on the 12lb gear, landing a handful of 50cm kings and a bunch of 40cm pinkies and skippy. As I was packing up so I could be home before dark the big rod went off and after a decent tug of war I boated one of the best kingies Ive caught in a long while, going just under 1.1m and with very fat sides, this fish had been gorging on the abundance of bait out there at the moment!

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Wow ..

Tue, 2021-04-06 12:13

What do you say too that !!
wow !! Epic mate.
cheers pirate. 

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Great photo's Beau and well

Tue, 2021-04-06 12:29

Great photo's Beau and well done on being rewarded for the dollie pic.

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 Well done all round . Sounds

Tue, 2021-04-06 12:45

 Well done all round . Sounds like you have been hitting it hard and having some fun 

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1000 hours

Wed, 2021-04-07 09:12

Thanks mate. Yeah have been going hard, just ticked over 1000hrs on the motor last week, boat is only 5 years old eek

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Awesome stuff mate

Tue, 2021-04-06 13:00

Awesome stuff mate

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 Good write up Beau, some

Tue, 2021-04-06 13:13

 Good write up Beau, some great catches there. I went out yesterday morning for a snapper session had heaps of runs but only managed a 49cm snapper and a 50cm Samson back to the boat had a good run that clean bit me off probably just a shark but I keep telling myself that it could have been a Mackie. That kingies certainly is fat. 

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Cheers! Always sucks getting

Wed, 2021-04-07 10:24

Cheers! Always sucks getting bitten off during mackerel season. I would rather tell myself its a shark, I got bitten off by a flying mackerel that hit a popper about 5 years ago and it still gives me nightmares haha

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 You're sure getting into

Tue, 2021-04-06 14:11

 You're sure getting into some good fish and also some good press Beau! Metro mackie is high on my target list. I've caught some big greenback tailor in very gnarly country but always on unweighted mulies. You had to land them right on the edge of the reef and it was awesome fun. Tried poppers without luck.

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 Thanks Dave! Yeah the tailor

Wed, 2021-04-07 10:27

 Thanks Dave! Yeah the tailor don't like straying too far from their ledge especially in the middle of the day, I had to land the lure in about 1 square meter and only room for 1 hit before having to try again

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 Always quality mate 

Tue, 2021-04-06 14:40

 Always quality mate 

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Great catch report and good

Tue, 2021-04-06 18:44

Great catch report and good to see your little one also getting in on the action!

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 Epic as usual. That mackie

Tue, 2021-04-06 18:50

 Epic as usual. That mackie looks awesome on the deck. The mackies have been big this year from ones ive seen. You've got one lucky young fella there to learn your skills. 

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Cheers Rob. It had been that

Wed, 2021-04-07 10:29

Cheers Rob. It had been that long since I had caught a mack that I didn't realise how solid it was until I got the tape on it back home. Haha yeah he loves it, still at the "eww his eyeball is squishy" stage lol

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Good stuff beau

Tue, 2021-04-06 22:29

 I heard young Dano has been fishing with you a bit of late? He's on coral bay at the moment and doing not bad considering he's in a tinnie. 

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Thanks scano. Dano? Never

Wed, 2021-04-07 10:30

Thanks scano. Dano? Never heard of her 

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Daniel

Wed, 2021-04-07 23:18

 With the 4.7m bow rider quintrex. Trolling for mackie's and ytk's?

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Well done

Tue, 2021-04-06 22:40

 Good effort Beau. 

Lots of hours and lots of effort, paid off

And the odd heave or 2 

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 Always seem to get more when

Wed, 2021-04-07 12:39

 Always seem to get more when Ive got the burley going 

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welldone

Wed, 2021-04-07 08:39

 great work man! selling the yak - gettn a boat. 

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Can still get macks off the

Wed, 2021-04-07 10:48

Can still get macks off the yak mate, id say its probs easier.

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 Have done some long and

Thu, 2021-04-08 08:29

 Have done some long and lonely hours... location is key, still figuring that part out.

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I'll send you a message on

Thu, 2021-04-08 11:14

I'll send you a message on the Gram

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Stop mucking around with the

Wed, 2021-04-07 14:52

Stop mucking around with the yak Ush, get the boat already!

 

Definitely no jetskis! 

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 Definitely no jetskis! Spend

Wed, 2021-04-07 20:26

 Definitely no jetskis! Spend more time zooming around and jumping waves than actually chasing fish

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 yeah I hear ya - plus the

Thu, 2021-04-08 08:31

 yeah I hear ya - plus the little ones are growing up, its inevitable. 

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 Good stuff, put in the hours

Wed, 2021-04-07 14:36

 Good stuff, put in the hours and reap the rewards! Good pics and i might have to get the wangler to see how you get the kings, would love a couple from metro as they go hard.   cheers

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Mmmm mmm

Wed, 2021-04-07 16:29

You're the fillet King Beau!. Lots of good feeds coming your way by the looks of things. 

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Cheers SF. Out of all that I

Wed, 2021-04-07 18:10

Cheers SF. Out of all that I only kept about 1kg of mackerel for myself 

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Love your work

Wed, 2021-04-14 20:47

 You are a great ambassador for the Perth Metro fishing fraturnity Beau 

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