A dozen trips to rotto trolling last year and more on the 3 mile for no mackies. Second attempt at mackies this year and finally nail my metro mack!


Lots of baitfish on the southside of rotto, but none were touching lures. Trolled for 3 or 4 hours for not even a sniff with a full spread of lures. Anchored up and started burleying, hoping for some sambos/kings/pinkies if the mackies werent around at least. Only took about 10min once the burley started going and my reel screamed off. Nice light spinning rod meant for a long fight. After taking me around the boat a few times, just as it was starting to come up, the hooks slipped and I got my whole rig back. Ah well, just a a sambo I thought (I only had mono on) and rebaited and chucked it out.

About 3 min later, zzzzzzzzzz, rod took off again. Nice fight again, lots of curry, took me around the boat, rubbed against the anchor line, and finally got it in view to realise it was a spaniard! You beauty! Not as big as the one that got away but good to start somewhere. Only mono, so luckily one of the hooks got caught in the gill plate and stayed there for the whole fight!


A few minutes later, Graeme (uncle on here) got a nice screaming run, but just as he started to turn it, the line got snipped. Wound in, rerigged, only to have the anchor line snap (wore away on the reef) so no more anchoring for us. Dragged some lures around through the area after but no takers.

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you look like a very happy

Sun, 2012-04-29 19:04

you look like a very happy chappy...... so would i be

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Nice fish

Sun, 2012-04-29 19:17

reward for your time. Well done

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Well rewarded and good pic

Sun, 2012-04-29 20:09

Well rewarded and good pic

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Good work

Sun, 2012-04-29 20:28

Nice to see they are still around.


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Nice little fish mate

Mon, 2012-04-30 00:24

Pretty nice conditions considering the weather we've had


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Way to go, Matt!

Mon, 2012-04-30 04:46

Obviously a few around, interesting that they didn't want the lures...did you get it on live or dead bait?

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just mulies

Mon, 2012-04-30 10:26

cast out in the berly trail,cubed mulies


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Didnt have time to catch a

Mon, 2012-04-30 12:21

Didnt have time to catch a livie! Was rerigging up with smaller hooks on a second rod to catch something small and alive but two drops of being picked and the main line went screaming off.

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Well done Matt not massive

Mon, 2012-04-30 05:19

Well done Matt not massive but a nice fish all the same .nice.


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nice.  good pic too.

Mon, 2012-04-30 05:27

nice.  good pic too.


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Mon, 2012-04-30 06:43

Great fish. Nice to get your target, no matter how.


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Mon, 2012-04-30 10:40

great fish matt

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That's a freaky photo ! Looks

Mon, 2012-04-30 13:59

That's a freaky photo ! Looks like you can see straight through the mackie's shoulders blending into your blue shirt.

Nice pic !!

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Haha. Only just noticed

Mon, 2012-04-30 14:34

Haha. Only just noticed that. Partially invisible mackie!

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Nice one Matt

Tue, 2012-05-01 22:46

I'm still trying for one but don't spend much time trolling.  A couple of 15KG ones were caught up off Lancelin a few weeks ago near biscayne.