surprise fish in 15 mtrs

After being checked by d o t to find the flares were out of date but managed to get some in date ones from the dive shop across the road from the ramp. Headed out today for the first time since Sandy fractured her back in Coral Bay. The fishing was hard for most part with the fish not biting . First 4 hours resulted in only 3 fish . Moved around a fair bit looking for the fish that would bite.

Ended up at a spot we found on the way out that turned it on in the last hour and a half. In only 15 mtrs of water we landed a few nice black snapper with a couple of smaller ones. The last 3 short drifts resulted in a red that was legal then next drift a much bigger red that realy went hard. Last short dift sandy hooked up big time bat after a short time she couldn't gain any ground thinking it was a shark handed her rod to me. Meanwhile my line went off and sandy pulled up a nice black and after a long fight I managed to get sandys fish to the surface to see a 90 cm cod come up . Also got checked by fisheries on return to the ramp. They took a quick look at our catch and gave us the all clear. Goes to show they can be anywhere any time. Pays to double check size limits of fish and double check the size of the fish you keep. Threw some borderline blacks back .

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 Nice results Russ!

Mon, 2022-08-15 11:04

 Nice results Russ!

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 fillets there

Mon, 2022-08-15 16:35

 fillets there

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 Quality

Mon, 2022-08-15 18:16

 Quality

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Yup

Mon, 2022-08-15 19:02

 Nice Russ. Yeh i heard the fisheries had a field day up there.

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Only seen them here once

Mon, 2022-08-15 19:27

Only seen them here once before.

Dot got a few with expired flares

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I just checked mine, expired

Tue, 2022-08-16 22:11

I just checked mine, expired in 2016. Lucky I read your post.

Nice fish too.

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Easily forgotten when they

Wed, 2022-08-17 08:59

Easily forgotten when they are tucked away in a waterproof container

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 At least you ended up with a

Wed, 2022-08-17 14:45

 At least you ended up with a feed.

Yep I got checked the other day too in Mandurah. 

I went to launch my boat at the Dawesville ramp and the police boat was at the jetty. They watched me launch and tie up saying nothing. Then watched me park car and walk back down, still didn't say anything and they motored off first. I followed a few minutes later and headed into the Dawesville Channel. Now we've had a lot of rain and the tide and freshwater was rushing out real fast making the channel dangerous with swell trying to push in. Well guess where the police boat decided to check me. Yep in the fast running current. Long story but my flares were out of date too even though looked brand new and I had two extra expired sets and  an indate epirb and a second expired as a back up. They wouldn't allow me to go out in the ocean. No idea why they didn't check me at the ramp which would have been common sense.