Monster Blue Groper off the rocks

 We have stepped out gear up and got some heavier stuff to try land some bigger fish and so far it's working. My brother Aron yesterday landed this monster while fishing solo. Gear used: Stella 20k, JC Customs built CTS GT fight 37-45kg blank, 80lb Tasline and 200lb Varivas leader. Loosing a lot less fish now and getting better results compared to the pe4-6 gear we have been using in the past. 

Bit of a quick story Aron wrote up about the capture.

 

Had a sleep in for once in my life this morning, woke up and checked the swell realised it was a full lake so I rushed around and grabbed my fishing gear and set off, headed to a local spot I haven’t fished in over a year, collected a few crabs then after about an hour I caught and released two smaller blue grouper and then it went quiet so I moved spots to where I lost a massive grouper last year, had a few casts and straight away grouper bites got a small one to the rocks then pulled hooks, started to bring crabs back in so I did a fancy burley trick my mate told me about 5 minutes later I saw a big blue brute cruise in, I quickly raced back to the crab stash and put the biggest one I could find on, watched it pick up speed and nail the crab I don’t think I’ve set hooks so hard before, I braced myself as it took its first run but it was no match for a Stella 20k 3 clicks off locked I pumped it close to the surface and it still took another run, finally got it to the surface and started steering it to the landing ledge,biggest moment of joy grabbing hold of the beast! My new personal best blue grouper took me soooo long to beat my 22kg one

getting much closer to the 30kg+ ones we are looking for on rod and reel which is a massive achievement 

 

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 Nice fish!

Sun, 2017-11-05 11:27

 Nice fish!

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What a brute

Sun, 2017-11-05 12:11

Awesome effort that. Well done. 

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Nice fish!  I can imagine

Sun, 2017-11-05 12:45

Nice fish!  I can imagine some real beasts that have gotten away while you been using the lighter gear.  Looking forward to the results, can't beat the heavier gear I reckon.

I swapped to 100lb awhile ago and I wouldnt go back. At least you can land what you hook most of the time now.

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 What's the bottom your

Sun, 2017-11-05 14:55

 What's the bottom your fishing  down that way? that's a fair effort not getting bricked with that size fish and landing it solo

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Lots of rock

Sun, 2017-11-05 18:05

 just big bommies and a deep drop of into 20-30m of water next to the gnarly 5-10m deep shallows that we burley them up onto to see them. The new gear makes a difference we have been bricked by smaller fish on better ground before.

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 Sounds like a good spot,

Sun, 2017-11-05 19:25

 Sounds like a good spot, that's neat trick to lure then in the shallows too.

Gear sounds like a winner helps keep them in line hey.

 

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Epic catch

Sun, 2017-11-05 15:16

 Epic catch, hopefully not too much of a hike out!

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 Fillet it at the spot and

Sun, 2017-11-05 18:06

 Fillet it at the spot and fillets in the bottom of the backpack. About ah hour walk back out from this spot

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 Great catch you gotta be

Sun, 2017-11-05 16:40

 Great catch you gotta be happy with that

 

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Bulldozer

Sun, 2017-11-05 17:06

big blue bulldozer well done to your brother .

you both put in the hard yards and get the rewards. 

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Horse

Sun, 2017-11-05 17:35

Cracker blue.

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It's hard to imagine the fight

Sun, 2017-11-05 20:07

 Locked up on 80lb must be close to scary, well done . Thx for sharing.

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 It's the scariest thing

Sun, 2017-11-05 21:17

 It's the scariest thing ever. One wrong foot placement and your going in it's brutal fishing but the only way to stop these. Over short distances nothing we have ever hooked comes close to the power of these fish. 

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A very good catch from the bricks

Sun, 2017-11-05 21:21

Congratulations to your brother on an epic catch.

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Sun, 2017-11-05 21:48

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