Friday, 28 November 2014

2014 Snapper Camp

The 2014 Snapper season turned out to be a cracker with 23 Snapper over 40cmSince i'm getting older i figured overnight camping on the old stretcher is due to be replaced with a comfortable swag. The downside of course is carrying it in so the plan was to set it up once and hide it well in the bush and leave it there. The first session was to be mid September.

Once i was all set up i hiked back out for an hour to get my fishing gear and back in. I was buggered before i even started fishing. 
I was keen to try my new Anyfish Anywhere Six & Bait rod and Akios Scora 80 reel and early morning i managed a nice Snapper on my new gear which i was very happy with. Then another smaller one followed. 
All up a great weekend with lots of hiking, bush camping and fishing. What more could one ask for.

The following weekend the preferred tide was at 2am on Friday and i decided to have a nap first in the car after work and then head out to fish.

Fishing during the night i managed to land and release my first Seven Gill Shark and contrary to what i heard, the fight was fantastic.

Then just as the sun came up, the rod went off and i managed a nice Snapper.

The last weekend of September turned out to be great with both the weather and the fish playing ball and 4 nice Snapper were landed.

Start of October the wind was howling from the west for a few days and a few fish came in at the eastern side of the bay. to beat the crowds i slept in the car and got up at 4am and managed a nice pair of Snapper in the morning before heading to work.

Then mid October i strapped on my old hiking boots again, hoping for some more Snapper action.

The weekend was amazing, with bags of Snapper on both days and another 2 nice fish released. Also another Seven Gill Shark grabbed the bait and needlefish.

End of October i went again, armed with my new favourite rod, the Anyfish Anywhere Six & Bait and the new Akios Scora 80 and again i was lucky to land another 3 nice Snapper, with one released.

Start of November was the last trip with a small Snapper and Gummy and it was time to carry Snapper camp 2014 back to the car. What a great couple of months it's been and i very much enjoyed not only the fishing, but also the solitude of camping out in the bush. 

The gear used this season was the 13ft Anyfish Anywhere Six & Bait with the Akios Scora 80 reel with long cast spool. I also fished pulley rigs with our new Busted Pulley Beads and the grip leads we sell in our store, plus on the shorter casts i still fish my Ducks Nuts sliding rigs.
The Needlefish from New Zealand also got a good workout and worked very well as an attractor with bait.

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Marlin Madness 2014

2014 will be remembered by many as the best LBG Marlin season in history. For myself it was bitter sweet as my only hookup left an empty feeling once again. My fish took the live Slimie Mackerel bait slowly and after almost a minute i hit it hard and came up solid. I thought this was the moment i been waiting for and when the Marlin launched in the air my heart missed a few beats. The feeling is hard to describe as there is so much hope that all the fishless days and preparation might finally pay off.

Needless to say i was shattered when the hook pulled. Upon closer inspection we saw the point of the Seamaster 7/0 was slightly bent, suggesting it might have been hooked in the bill. With LBG Marlin fishing there is such a fine line between tears and triumph and over the next ten days i was lucky to witness some of the best LBG marlin fishing possible. Some guys spent years and even decades of hardcore Marlin fishing from the rocks without success and it's quite something when somebody lands the fish dreams are made of.

My mate Adem Latifoglu and myself were lucky to get a good spot for 10days as it gets quite busy. Our tarp was up and our pool was full of bait. Adem was staring at his balloon first thing in the morning, wondering if today could be his day. But for Adem it wasn't meant to be either.

On the second day Nathaniel's reel went off and the marlin whisperer was on once again. His fish provided some spectacular aerial acrobatics and a great tail walk which is very surreal to watch as you stand on a rock.

Nathaniel made short work of this fish and it was in perfect condition for release. Just as Jason was to cut the leader, the hook fell out and the Marlin swam off. What an awesome experience to see a land based Marlin released.

Just when i thought the day couldn't get much better, Jace The Ace hooked up on 15kg line.

It was touch and go as the line came close to the rocks and another crew to the left almost gaffed the fish when he swam back out in the bay. After a great fight, the fish was eventually secured with a Busted Longtail Gaff.

Landing the fish was only half the battle and Jason carried the Marlin on his back, up all the way to the car.
I'm sure he will remember this day for a long time and for all the right reasons.

The Marlin madness continued the next day when Rami hooked up to a massive fish at the end of his line.

The fight was awesome and at several moments we all thought the fish was lost as it went around the headland and somehow came back around, then got snagged up and somehow came loose and in the end it popped up right at our feet with a big lump of seaweed on it's bill. The Busted Marlin Gaff got the Marlin on the ledge and it was high fives.

What an awesome few days we experienced and even though we didn't land the fish of our dreams, to experience part of the Marlin madness 2014 was simply mind blowing.

Also it was pleasing for myself to see the Busted Fishing LBG Marlin Gaff and the new LBG Longtail Gaff performed flawlessly.

Please click on here for some video footage:

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

2013 Snapper Season

For any Melbourne landbased Snapper fisho, spring spells excitement as the red army moves into the bays every year. My 2013 Snapper season started a few months before in winter, with the gathering of Calamari for strip baits. October and November are usually my favourite months and the first trip was preceded with another squid trip from the beach.

Then Friday after work i drove to my spot and slept in the car until 3am and then made the long walk to the rocks as i wanted to fish first light. While it was still dark i caught a couple of those annoying Droughtboard Sharks and Skates and when the sun had come up my rod buckled over with some tell tale signs of a Snapper and while i brought it in, the headshakes were confirmed by some red colour popping up. Being solo i gaffed it and pulled the 4.8kg Snapper out of the water with a few shouts to myself.

 Then i made my way back to the car over some rough terrain and i noticed i'm not getting any younger.

Driving to another spot, i caught up with my mate Brad Palmer and we planned to fish the incoming tide on a pier for another Snapper.
I fished for Squid for a while and to my horror a massive squd had gone around the pier pylon and somehow got stuck. All i got back was this massive tentacle.

Later that night my rod went off first and another nice Snapper of 4.3kg hit the planks.

Just when i thought the day couldn't get any better, Brad's rod went off and there was some massive headshakes. The fish gave him a great battle and when it popped up we thought it might be a 20lb'er as it looked huge. I netted it with some difficulty from 3 meters above with my Busted Net and eventually it pulled the scales down to 6.34kg which was Brad's pb Snapper. What a great day.

The next weekend the weather forecast wasn't the best so i packed the tarp for shelter and the camp bed for an overnight stay on the rocks.

All i managed for the weekend was a small Snapper before the nasty weather set in and i made the hike back to the car.

With all the Snapper reports from Portland during the week i decided to head back down and have another crack, hoping to land a big Snapper on 4kg line. When i got there Friday night, it seemed the hot bite had slowed down with only one fish caught in the morning.

In the meantime i spun up a couple of Couta for bait on my Barrett 20 lures.

Fishing was tough with side wind and lack of fish. The only thing i caught by lunchtime Saturday was a Squid which hooked itself on my 2 hook rigged Pilchard. The Squid went straight back out and about 2 hours later the rod finally buckled over with the telltale signs of a Snapper.

The next weekend once again provided a mixed bag of weather with 30knot winds, rain and sunshine all rolled into one. As i often do, i ventured out catching a couple of Squid before making the track to the rocks.
The nights fishing was great with a small Snapper of about 2kg which i released and then another nice Snapper in the morning of 4.92kg which i kept.

The next day i hiked back in with all the gear to stay two nights on the rocks and i was planning on fishing 4kg line for an ANSA record.
Another Snapper followed which i released and i set up camp for the night. 

After loosing a quality fish on the 4kg gear trying to land it i spat the dummy for a while. Somehow the sinker wrapped around the gaff head after the first shot bounced off and it was all over. I estimated the fish to be around 6-8kg but will never know.
I did manage to release another smaller fish.

By the end of November i went on another overnight trip, hoping for a big Snapper. The night was very slow with just one small Snapper and plenty of rays. In the morning the showers rolled in with breaks of sunshine and by about 8am the rod buckled over and when i picked it up i got the telltale head shakes of a good Snapper. It was a rather good fight on my new Penn Prevail 11ft rod and Stradic 8000 which i had spooled with 10kg Platypus Low Stretch mono. When the fish came up, i was a bit nervous recalling what happened two weeks ago when i fished 4kg and the sinker wrapped around the gaff, but this time it was all good and a 6.4kg fish hit the rocks which was my best one for 2013.

During the 2013 season i used my tried and proven Ducks Nuts to make sliding rigs. The Ducks Nuts helped me catch some memorable Snapper in the past, including this 8.45kg fish a few years ago.

I also tried the Busted Pulley Beads for distance casting with good results and found during the day the extra distance helped to get over a drop off into deeper water where i had more hookups.

Here's a short video on how they work:

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