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 Going Snapper Fishing Wed 29th July 2009
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kevtherev
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Australia
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Posted - 28 Jul 2009 :  21:25:17  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
We are Going Snapper Fishing in the morning (just 2 of us) and we will let you know what we get, I hope there is some good ones out there.

We are leaving at 5:00 am expected back around 1:30pm - Going to Blackhead and maybe Riodans Shoals

Taking a 4.5m centre c**kpit tinny with a 60HP Mercury on the back and a 4.5 hp evinrude auxillary just in case - we expect to stay within the 32 Fathom line. we have all safety gear and epirb etc.

Loaded with 50 litres of fuel. 4.5 kg Pilchards, 1.5 kg small squid, 6 fish carcases for sharks or burley, 5 Rods - 1 is a game rod just in case, and one is an estuary rod, mostly we will be using patanoscar rigs and going for snapper, but we will see what bites out there.

lets just see what happens

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kevtherev
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Australia
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Posted - 29 Jul 2009 :  19:14:19  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Ok - we went about 20 Km off Lennox head, stopped about 1 k off blackhead - picked up a squire and some returned red rock cod, In about 15- 20 metres of water.



We went out further to see what was out there, and at 70 -75 Metres depth about 18 k's we drifted out to about 20 k's - we got a small pearl perch just under legal size, another snapper and hordes of leather jackets.

We got another Squire and something else and those pesky Leather Jackets ate everything in sight - we lost about $50 worth of tackle they even bit off 100lb steel trace.. argh...
so we started catching a few and as we both have never eaten them before, we thought we would bring some home to eat - as people tell us they are good to eat - so we will see - they are so plentiful out there you cant not get a fish, if there good I will be back out there with some serious 200lb wire trace and see what we can do, as most people consider them pests.



We learnt how to skin them - they are really easy to skin once you work it out. The problem is they are nearly all head and guts - so you can look at keeping about a third of the fish in weight and size as food.



The weather was good - about a 10 knot south westerly breeze and a 2 knot southerly current - the drift was due east - directly off shore.

The chop was a bit awkward - but no-where near as bad as we have been out there in before - so for the distance off shore it was ok, until the trip home, that’s when things get a pounding in the short small swell.

I thought I was doing great hooking up an extra 25 litre fuel tank - but when it came to swap over time - wouldn’t you know it, the connecting fuel line was too short - as it is a red removable type that is only bungy strapped into place - I could of still used it. But I thought I would give the auxiliary a run and conserve the fuel so I didn’t swap over. The auxiliary went well at about 7.6 Km an hour “speed over ground” - so its no mover and shaker. We used it for about 5 k's, 40 Minutes. Switched over to the big motor (60HP 86 model Merc) for coming in over a dead flat bar(that’s Rare in Ballina). All up about 24 litres over fuel - big motor and 1 litre through the auxiliary.

With the gear loss, the bait, the fuel and the wear and tear on the body - it doesn't make sense to go fishing.

But hey, I must crazy - I'll go out again soon.

Oh and I cooked the Squire up for lunch about 3:00pm today and just melted in my mouth – cost about $110 for the day – what an expensive lunch

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davo
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Posted - 29 Jul 2009 :  21:32:44  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
LOL great report! looks like you had a ball, c'mon you can't complain it's the whole experience, not just catching a fish, look on the bright side, you went out for the day doing some physical stuff in the open air, some socialising .. and you got lunch for free! BONUS! :)

Usually when I am fishing Lakes Entrance, and it's really quiet, I go near to the entrance and their is Barrier Landing, pull up at the jetty there, and the tides have really made it very deep. Just dropping a line off the back of the boat and it's leatherjacket city, you can always get a feed. Throwing back the smaller ones just trying to keep the bigger fellas to eat (not worth it taking the little ones;)

Edited by - davo on 29 Jul 2009 21:33:47
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