Quick night fish

Shot out late yesterday arvo for a solo inshore bash, weather played ball and was bloody beautiful. Heaps of bait playing on the surface on the way out, which had me frothing for a couple of 90+ snapper. Anchored up and got the berley going, got the baits out and picked up a small pinkie (yes, it was legal). A bit of time passed and just the usual skippy/herring/flathead hanging around. Bit of current happening so I had to muck around a bit until I got the weight right on my rig. The amount times i picked up a bottlebrush nut thinking it was a ball sinker was quite funny. And trying to thread them on in lowlight without a headlight is frustrating. Anyhoo

Just on sunset I got a run and started getting my hopes up for the big pinkie, strange fight ensued which was unlike a pinkie or stingray. I find it hard to pick what it is on the lightish gear. Had the other rod go off at the same time which turned out to be a small stingray. Got the original fish close to boat but had given up on it being a snapper. Saw the blue fins and my heart jumped a bit but it ended being a small sambo. Shortly after I had another run but pulled the hooks, I rerigged and fed the bait out with the current and hooked up, not fighting like a snapper but I still took care as it was giving me curry.  5minutes later there was a nice little dhuey on board which ended up weighing 6.9kg. You can see in the pic my net has a hole in it (cant really see but its quite big) and the fish swam straight out of that 3 or 4 times before I finally got him. Stoked with that fish I started packing up and headed home stoked with an hour of hectic fishing under my belt. Nothing huge or spectacular landed but happy with the action.  cheers Jim

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 Well done nice little dhue

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:55

 Well done nice little dhue there I swear they like coming in nice and close on the full moon. I went out with the misses on Saturday arvo but made the call to head home right on last light to make it an easy trip home, we should have stayed a little longer we had hoards of Skippy and herring in our burley trail the misses caught afew. Those holey nets can be a pain. 


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Good feed

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:26

Fat dhue . Good eater

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Well done...Few fresh fillets

Mon, 2020-07-06 12:09

Well done...Few fresh fillets there!...and some slabs of bait :)

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awesome!i would be stoked

Mon, 2020-07-06 12:26


i would be stoked with that!

what do you use the samson for? do you eat them, or iif bait, waht do you usually target with them?

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Cheers fellas. Cooked up the

Mon, 2020-07-06 21:19

Cheers fellas. Cooked up the swim bladder for the first time (heard about it from you guys on here) and my missus reckoned its exactly like pork crackle but couldnt eat it because its gross! go figure! Probably best not to say about the sambo on a public forum but I dont bother putting them in the esky. If he wasnt gut hooked he'd still be swimming.

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 Well done. That dhuie is the

Mon, 2020-07-06 14:30

 Well done. That dhuie is the best eating size in my books. As far as sambos go i eat them all the time if I get one . They go great in curry or a nice creamy lemon sauce with mash. Never wasted. 


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Cheers FF. Yeh he wasnt wasnt

Mon, 2020-07-06 16:18

Cheers FF. Yeh he wasnt wasnt wasted, I wouldnt do that. they do eat ok on the barby marinated with whatever i ve got.

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Sambo ..

Mon, 2020-07-06 17:29

Ate a rather large model years back

on the barbie .. was bloody magic

fresh !! Good work on your catch

mate ... cheers pirate ..  

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 Nice looking  dhu there jim

Mon, 2020-07-06 19:38

 Nice looking  dhu there jim ,well done  mate 


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Awesome effort Congrats

Sat, 2020-07-11 19:28

Well done mate .im missing my boat .I am over fishing here Land based i recon the last few weeks i could have bought 5 crays and 5 dhue fillets the amount of cash ive blown trying to get a feed of herring lol

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Just found out my scales are

Sun, 2020-07-12 18:36

Just found out my scales are wrong! didnt get a length but still tasted good! cheers cap, i know the feeling sometimes i think buying seafood is cheaper but thats not why we go fishing hey!