Solo Run

Been a while since ive been able to get out for a fish with work being pretty busy, and lost a bit of mojo on the fishing front lately, howevever managed to get a couple trips out over the last 2 weeks. Been struggling with deckies being unavailable or out on other boats so solo runs it was...time to blood some new deckies i think!!

Do get some strange looks and comments at the ramp when trying to launch and retrieve a 26ft boat on your own!

Went out early Saturday with the light winds, nice morning on the water. Ended up about 14nm out of Mindarie on some older spots, only to find someone had beaten me to the punch and fishing very close by. Kept on moving past them as its not kosha to fish too close. Found a bit more ground another mile or so away and had a fish, first drop on the money with a nice 50+cm baldie coming ove the side. Good start!

Kept moving around a bit being plagued with rat pinks on jig and bait everywher ei went, must have caught 20+ of them. Came acros another piece of coral and looked the goods, i could see some big fish sitting well up and knew they would be sambos. First drop with the KG rig resulted in an instant hookup, but was not thinking KG, then up popped one of the fattest and longest KG's ive seen in some time, going 59cm on the ruler!!!

Couldnt get another KG off the spot so dropped down a jig, only to hook up on a suspected sgt baker.. then nec minute monstered by a Sombo I'd seen earlier.. this happened 4 times and on my little PE 1.2 gear didnt stand a chance! Time to move on 4 jigs lighter.


Couldnt find a dhu to save myself and was time to head in, so thought I'd push back in and see if the boat and left the spot i wanted to try at the start of the day and it had. I had a baited rod ready and my jig and thought, last drop, drop them both over... jig jig and im on, nice fish knew it was a dhu, only to look at the rod in the corner starting to load up... thought up the fish on the jig first and if a keeper i will keep and let whatever is on the bait rod go. Always the way, cant find one all day then bang, Both released strong, no release weight required

The result! Home by 12.30 or so, cleaned up and cooked the wife fresh KG and chips for dinner, needless to say she was suitably impressed!

A bit of Mojo back, Leeman next!


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Yum...aged balsamic on the salad

Mon, 2018-09-03 18:56

 To go with fresh fish.....unbeatable!

Know what you mean about strange looks, I regularly launch my boat single handed without any issues but other boaties still give you quizzical looks but my deckie is a plod so shifts need to work in with flat weather and this season it simply hasn't gelled

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Nice work mate!Hunter,

Mon, 2018-09-03 19:11

Nice work mate!

Hunter, gatherer and cookerer :)


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As a regular

Mon, 2018-09-03 20:30

 solo fisherbloke myself, I say well done mate.

Good catches!

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 Great feed there. Certainlt

Mon, 2018-09-03 20:44

 Great feed there. Certainlt cant complain with them on the deck


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Table setting fit for royalty

Mon, 2018-09-03 20:59

Food there fit for the finest, great going with the catches.
When you can sit down to a spread like that you are living on the best the sea can provide.

I'm a lone sailor and when using a ramp here in Mandurah I'm amazed at the amount of people (not just other boaties) who come up and ask me if I want a hand to get the boat on the trailer. Generally these people both men and women are of the mature age group and I always think the values of yester year are still alive in most of us oldies, god bless 'em.

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100% agree, i had 2 nice

Mon, 2018-09-03 21:03

100% agree, i had 2 nice fellas ask me if i needed a hand retrieving, good to see people willing to lend a hand without being asked. Drive on trailer makes the retrieve pretty straight forward

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 You got twin outboards?

Mon, 2018-09-03 21:15

 You got twin outboards?

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Hey hey hey

Tue, 2018-09-04 22:08

 what’s this needing new deckies business? Have I officially been sacked? 

On a more serious note, been travelling a bit for work of late so understand about the itch to get out on the water again.

good work in the solo mission and cooking up a storm thereafter. But you know provided I’m in the state, I’m always dtf. (Down to fish)




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 Where do I sign up... haha

Wed, 2018-09-05 08:24

 Where do I sign up... haha

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Bloody good effort solo!!

Tue, 2018-09-04 22:57

Bloody good effort solo!!


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