We didn't have much luck fishing wise and as the weather blew up we couldn't fish. Then we got a call, Francois had secured an overflow site at the caravan park and we packed up and concentrated on fishing the bay instead.
Previously we slept down there on the rocks, but now we had to carry all our stuff in at 2am and back out every night. Pumps, hoses, pools, backpacks, rods and reels, burley etc. Setting up pools at 2.30am and catching bait til the sun comes up, then fishing all day. After 3 days of this routine we were stuffed.
All i managed to hook was a Hammerhead Shark, which we released.
After the first week, Adem and Francois came up and Brad had to go back to Melbourne. Neither of us had any luck over the next 3 weeks, but we saw Antonio catch a magnificent Marlin, which gave us a lot of motivation to get up early in the mornings and fish, eat, sleep, repeat.
At the end of my 4 week stint, i stopped for a fish down the coast and reflect on the 4 weeks with a cold beer or two. Having just left, plans were already set in motion to make the 9 hour drive back up the following weekend. Work commitments, relationships and sanity can be pushed to the limits in the pursuit for this one fish of the stones.
Motivation on Saturday was at an all time high after young Wil Scheibe had just landed a magnificent Marlin and everyone was buzzing.
As it happened, i fed out a live Slimie Mackerel on the southern end and coundn't control it. The bait snagged me around a boulder and i lost my rig and had to retie the double. I was spewing.
Finally back in business, i fed out another bait on the northern end just behind Nathaniel's bait. All of the sudden as i feeding out line, it went a bit quicker and the float went under. I said to Nathaniel "I think i'm away". He said "you reckon?". I said "not 100% sure". He said "wait a bit". It just kept cruising off at a steady pace and my heart was in my pants. Nathaniel said "I think you're on, maybe hit it". I said "you reckon?". It picked up a bit of speed and i hit it. To my delight a small Marlin launched out of the water. It put on a great show, jumping all over the place, to the left of the bay and then back to the right. It's all a bit of a blur as i was so worried the hook would pull again or something else would stuff up like it had before.
Young Brett Rushton managed to take a couple of great jump shots.
A big thanks to the local guys for sharing the ledge with us again this summer, to Phil for gaffing the fish for me and Corbo for taking some great pics.
Also a big thanks to the guys from ALBAA and ANSA for the effort to make the changes in access hours. It's much appreciated.
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