Mike and I went out together looking for some Trevelly and Queenfish action. The plan was to throw lures around – I personally think Queenfish are very underrated as a table fish, though everyone agrees both are terrific fighters.
We went out and it was one of those (great) days! We caught loads, in fact, I twice caught two trevelly on the same lure! I had not seen this before, but it is not likely not that uncommon. They swim as a pack and because of the clear water I could see a fish follow the guy I had on my hook and try to grab the “food” out of its mouth and in doing so get hooked.
Mike caught something huge, it took him a very long time to even get a glimpse of it – brassy trevelly! 74cm and it fought like all hell. Was quite entertaining too, he would get it to the boat and I would get the net out, suddenly the fish would take off and threaten to spool Mike so I would have to start the boat up and chase him down. Then Mike would win the fight, get him to the boat and I’d get the net… only to have to start the boat again. That happened 4-5 times, we started calling him the “gym junkie trevelly”.
My best fish for the day was a 58cm Queenfish (a PB).
We finished the day with some bait in a hole. Not much was happening when suddenly I hooked something huge! I thought perhaps a ray because of how it could stick to the bottom. But it went on long runs, so I was daring to dream I had caught a monster jewie! It took me about 20 minutes to get it to the surface, and it was a turtle. Dissapointing and also a bit upsetting, I love turtles. It went back under and the line snapped right at the point which was good, hopefully it gives it a fighting chance.
Got: Me – 58cm Queenie, approx 6 queenies, approx 10 trevelly. Mike – 74cm Brassy Trevelly, approx 3 queenies, approx 15 trevelly, and lots of catfish on bait!
Dad was keen to go out fishing with Maggie for his 70th. Maggie was beyond excited! But the problem at this time of year is the wind. Not to mention launching and retrieving boats with the tides and the winds. In the end we went to Corroboree Billabong knowing that fishing would be difficult but the boating would be easy.
We didn’t even a bite! But we did have a lot of fun – Maggie got to drive the boat which she thought was amazing.
Dry season appeared to come early, and I was concerned about the wind. But my quest to get Maggie into fishing is on track, we got really lucky with the weather, it was total glass out there. Tough going fishing wise… I got 1 30-35cm goldie and 1 stripy. Maggie got a 35-40cm cod, and a 20-25cm Goldie. No one else got anything. However my live bait got chomped and spat (no where near the hook) when I wound it up the estimated 70cm-80cm Cobia was following it…. gah!
Claire and myself finally managed to move back to Darwin, so hopefully this blog can come alive once again. Today I took Maggie off for her first fishing adventure via Darwin Harbour Fishing Charters.
We went and it was a fairly quiet day at first. Maggie caught her first fish (I believe a grunter) and things came alive at the tide, the boat caught a couple of jewfish and some golden snapper. I hooked a couple of good sharks (probably sharks) but they busted me off.
The good news was that Maggie absolutely loved the trip and is looking forward to the next time we can go.
I was very fortunate when I was up there that Judda (and Andy and Reef) were able to take the boat into the Hamilton Island Marina and pick me up.
We started some drifting but we were getting absolutely nothing. So we tried to trawl for some mackerel and Judda picked up a 1m long barracuta. Not the best start. I then managed to get a 43cm Coral Trout, which was very nice, and quite surprising on the trawl.
We drifted quite a bit more and were successful in getting a lot of small nannygai, nothing that we could keep. Reef managed to pull up two very nice Grunter (Javelin Fish).
In our last spot we once again managed to hit the small stuff.
Not the best days fishing, but it certainly wasn’t the worst. Just great to get back out there.