Saturdays boat bash

Our plan was to go further afield than usual but the weather gods weren't on our side. We were hoping to get a rankin cod for the first time up here .

We got out to around the 14nm range and decided not to go further as it was slow going heading into a small swell so stopped on an area we have caught reds and blacks before. We managed to get 7 blacks before they shut down out there . Decided to go into a spot to target trout but on the way in I saw a nice flare up so spun around and dropped on the spot. First drop down the baits were smashed straight away and I managed to land my first ranken only tiny but it was a ranken . Sandy pulled up another ranken but a better size that could be turned into a feed and after that all we managed was feeding bait fish and pulling a few on board . We gave up and Moved on to where we have got trout before but no luck , only a couple of blacks came aboard . Decided to clean up and head in with 9 fish on board but on the way in made 1 more stop where we nailed a trout a couple of weeks back. Lines down and straight away we both got nailed . Small black for me which went back and sandy got a double of a good size black along with a small one. That was that bagged out and on the way in. Managed to get what we were after even tho it wasn't a monster

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 Nice bag there. Probably

Sun, 2023-02-05 18:39

 Nice bag there. Probably going to drag my boat up there sometime this year depending on work load. Have you caught a Mackie out there yet?

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Havnt realy targeted mackies

Sun, 2023-02-05 19:52

Havnt realy targeted mackies . We Got one by chance a few weeks back.

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 Great feed Russ. Lucky you

Mon, 2023-02-06 10:47

 Great feed Russ. Lucky you were shallow as those rankins seem to suffer barotrauma badly in relatively shallow water.

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The tiny one in my hand swam

Mon, 2023-02-06 12:53

The tiny one in my hand swam off real strong, however the other one was hooked in the gills and as it was big enough for a couple of fillets it didn't go to waste . Went in our guts for dinner last night, damn tasty too .

We did check the size limits on them and there is no minimum.  Luckily for us lol

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 I caught a pretty small one

Mon, 2023-02-06 13:21

 I caught a pretty small one at the Mackerel Islands last October in 70m and it was never going to survive so I was gald when I found out there was no size limit. Got two nice fillets off it anyway.

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The fillets off this one was

Wed, 2023-02-08 09:03

The fillets off this one was enough for a feed for Sandy and me. Only problem was I wanted more as it tasted so nice

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