When the stars align

 With work, weather and family all taking their toll on our fishing time it is great when the stars align and things just go your way.

Tuesday the 16th was one of those days. I had the day off and my buddy Darren was going to finish work a bit earlier than normal. The wind was forcast to blow a bit easterly and drop off in the arvo so plans were made and an arvo bash was sorted.

I made a quick trip up to see Mick at Shorecatch and got a bit of his majic mulie shred, the best pinkie attractant IMO that you can buy.

We launched at Mindarie with a pretty high tide and headed out to some new ground we have been exploring in the last few months. Just in the 28-30m range. 

The plan was to sound out some spots while waiting for the wind to drop and the sun to go down a bit. The sounding was difficult with very little to show up and the area we were checking has a very small difference in height as well as ground composition. Basically if you dont know that there is a possibility of something being there you would miss it. A great spot because everybody else misses it..Lol

We had about 1.5h before sun down so we set up a few drifts to see if there was some random bottom action before we anchored up and berleyed. Good move as Darren snagged up a 5.5kg Dhu and a few random small snapper were hooked and released.

With 1 Dhu in the esky and the wind dropping off we decided on our spot and launched the pick. The majic shred was bought out and a small but steady stream if chunks were sent drifting down. It didnt take long for a few of the smaller pinkies to pick up the scent and Darren the stink baiter soon had a size one to add to his Dhu.

As the sun got close to the horizon the shred was increased and pretty soon my Abrolohis paddle tail loaded up with a solid strike. It did a few good solid runs but just didnt have that pinkie head shake we all like to feel. The last 8-10m was just a weight so we had pretty well called it by the time a 7.9kg Dhu was visiable. Netted her aboard and had just removed the hook when my second rod, yes i stink bait also, did a bit of a twitch. As i took it out of the rod holder it loaded up and took off with enough head shakes for me to call a pinkie before the reel stopped unloading. A nice tussel later and a good 5.5kg pinkie was added to the bag.

The sun was just kissing the ocean as we pulled the anchor and headed back in leaving them on the bite.


IMG_0706 by Merv Hall, on Flickr


 Sometimes when the water is quiet, you can hear the fish laughing at you !

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nice work

Wed, 2018-01-24 07:51

 good stuff mate , good session there!

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 well done. its great when a

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:21

 well done. its great when a plan comes together like that. fresh fish in a short time and not up till midnight cleaning catch and boat


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 Was good to hit the ramp in

Wed, 2018-01-24 19:26

 Was good to hit the ramp in the light on a night fish.

I thought it was high tide when we launched but the water was slapping the underside of the jettys when we returned. Never seen that at mindarie before.



 Sometimes when the water is quiet, you can hear the fish laughing at you !

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 onya merv

Wed, 2018-01-24 16:56

 onya merv


lucky i love to fish because i cant catch any.



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Nice haul and good variety of

Wed, 2018-01-24 18:14

Nice haul and good variety of buckets on board :P 


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 Buckets are like eskies.

Wed, 2018-01-24 19:22

 Buckets are like eskies. Never really have to many..lol

Normally just 1 bucket for the bleed out but 2 thumpers in 10min and the bin bucket gets pulled into service.


 Sometimes when the water is quiet, you can hear the fish laughing at you !

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 Nice, good photo to. 

Thu, 2018-01-25 09:17

 Nice, good photo to. 

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good write up

Thu, 2018-01-25 09:53

be happy with that result for a night sesh and still a bit of light coming in!