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    Posted: 25 Dec 2017 at 7:02pm
Some photos from the last few days. Wal and I hit the rocks. The first day saw heaps of follows from barra, coral trout and some big unknowns. Wal then scored a 65 cm plus barra yesterday (released - out of season), then today a 44 cm (fork length) coral trout.

Wal outfished me using his lures. But I did get a few follows and short strikes.
 

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That’s a great Xmas haul. Well fished
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Amazing tail on that Barra. Must pull like a train. Beutifull Fish that Coral Trout
Keep them coming Martin. 
By the way am i right Wal also outfished you in the last report Embarrassed

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Originally posted by p.j. p.j. wrote:

Amazing tail on that Barra. Must pull like a train. Beutifull Fish that Coral Trout
Keep them coming Martin. 
By the way am i right Wal also outfished you in the last report Embarrassed

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That is a larger then normal tail, it seems that the tail grows first during a growth spurt.

Coral trout come in a lot of beautiful colours, the bright red with blue spots are stunning to look at.

And yes, Wal has outfished me latelyEmbarrassedLOLLOLLOL
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Wal outfished me again today with a 15 kilo plus giant trevally, but he was bitten off by a huge Spanish mackeral that swallowed his lure and wire trace, he was also taken into the coral by what we think was a coral trout. 

I lost a big giant trevally when it cut me off with it's tail scutes.I was also hit twice by what I think was Spanish mackeral (judging by the bites in Richard Lee;s "big mack trap" lure) and lost a lure made by Seaweed - lost it once to coral, floated up, then snagged it for good a second timeConfused

Wal's big giant trevally on one of his poppers.
 

My effort for the dayEmbarrassed - a tomato cod on a Fugly Martin's Minnow

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Your living in a beaut part of the world. Mind blowing estuary, creek and blue water fishing. Keep the pics coming
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Good to see the SE has allowed you to get out the front Martin, enjoy mate !!
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some good fish there ,dont worry Martin your turn will come and anyway that tomato cod is more purty than Wals Wink
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Martin well done on that tomato cod, never seen one before and the colours would be great on a Fugly Martin's Minnow.Wink

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Originally posted by MadDogLures MadDogLures wrote:

Martin well done on that tomato cod, never seen one before and the colours would be great on a Fugly Martin's Minnow.Wink

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Originally posted by puglee62 puglee62 wrote:

Originally posted by MadDogLures MadDogLures wrote:

Martin well done on that tomato cod, never seen one before and the colours would be great on a Fugly Martin's Minnow.Wink

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we'd have to get Nicho to help he's the dot specialistWink

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Why do I take Wal fishing when he always outfishes me .......?

On the reef today-
My score, some small wire netting cod, a legal school mackeral and two long toms.
Wal's score - 3 legal coral trout and a few undersized ones, and a bunch of stripeys.

First photo- a long Tom on a Cam Cupitt Headland lure. The others are of some of Wal's coral trout.


Oh yes, I also lost a Lee's Lure Mega Mack Trap to the reef
  
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hang in there Martin, some of Wal's mojo is bound to rub off eventually LOL

Besides you are allready winning just by being out on the water up there! Cool
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Martin have you considered ditching that enormous snap swivel?
Failing that it might be time to knock Wal overboard and claim his lure box.
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Originally posted by Ducks Ducks wrote:

Martin have you considered ditching that enormous snap swivel?
Failing that it might be time to knock Wal overboard and claim his lure box.

Yeah I had a mega huge popper on that rod just beforehand. The only other snaps I had with me were on wire traces and  the gap on them were so small they were restricting the lures' actions. Usually don't like using wire, but the bigger mackeral have been attacking the head of the lure (Wal found out that even a 15 cm wire trace is too short).
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Martin, give Wal the B... bananaWink. Macks do very much like to hit the lure front on! Had a bloke years ago wanted big single hook mounted on head of lure!!! Made a couple, he did not get back to me re success or not!! You`ll be needing more lures soonLOL. Cheers Richard
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Well Wal and I tied today with 6 fish each (but Wal had the heavier bag of fish).

Wal got a 12 kg Spanish mackeral, 4 bludger trevally at around 5 kgs each and an over 50 cm coral trout on his lures.

I got a 15 kg giant trevally and a bludger trevally on a Mark A Lures bibless, a bludger trevally on a Cam Cupitt Headland Lures bibless, 2 lutjanid reef species and a 40 cm coral trout on a Lees Lure.
      
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look out Wal!Thumbs Up
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You are gaining at him Wink
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A half day today chasing pelagics. 

Now the weather reports were saying - 10 kilometre/ hour easterly winds until 10 am swinging to east south eastery to 15 kilometre/ hour. Now the south easterly winds seemed to be over 25 kilometres / hour and must have been blowing all night as the rise and fall between the waves were close to a metre with a sometimes aggressive surface chop. But we had been out in similar before and survivedLOL.

Anyway .... results-
Wal - 2 big bludger trevally (at this size these things pull hard, and a school mackeral. Wal also lost a huge giant trevally near the boat that he had on for about 10 minutes.

Me - 3 bludger trevally on lures from Richard Lee (Lee's Lures), Cam Cupitt (Headland Lures) and Ollie Hardt (Stingray Lurres).

Wal and I also had numerous brief hook ups on what were are sure were huge Spanish mackerel - savage strikes and gunning the boat for 10 - 20 metres, 30 metres of line peeling off and they still "drop off" sometimes leaving a tooth in the lure.
  

Wal now- 
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Living the dream...those stripeys eat well, nice fleshy fillets for their sizes as good as any reefy.
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does look windy look at the angle of Wals beardLOL.good stuff mateThumbs Up
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does look windy look at the angle of Wals beardLOL.good stuff mateThumbs Up
I thought just the same when i saw the Pict. LOL Another great report thanks Big smile

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Now for something a little different- not directly fishing related. But for a while now somebody has been feeding the crocodiles at Croc Bend on the Annan River. Somebody was feeding them fish frames at a fishing access point at Four Mile Creek.

The problem with feeding crocs is that they then expect it and associate humans with food - not what you want when you are fishing or close to the water's edge.

I have only ever seen one crocodile at Croc Bend and that was a 4 metre one about 15 years ago, but the signs are always there. Just because you don't see them doesn't mean that they don't know where you are.

this photo - the distance between those claw marks going up the beach is about 1.3 metres. Just after this photo was taken, a boat stopped off and people got out to check out these tracks, this gave me something to judge the width of the tracks. Clear tracks on the left as it ambled out of the water lifting it's belly up, less defined tracks on the right as it scurried back into the water dragging it's belly.


This photo shows some old fish frames, and recent tracks of a croc that came up for a feed. 

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Scary stuff Martin
I would have thought that most locals would be Crock wise and defiantly well away from such antics.
Of course tourist operators and tourists may be different.
I`m hoping for a trip to King Ash Bay NT in March, will be my first real venture into crock waters, looking forward to the fishing but a bit anxious or perhaps apprehensive to the crocks.
In regard to your feeding, findings.
In the early 70`s I did a stint in the QLD Corner shooting Brumbies for pet meat
In those days there was a $5.00 bounty on dingo scalps so it was practiced to sinide bait some the left behind carcass of the horses in areas that we would travel past regularly.
Is it possible some one has done the same, not sure if it would be acceptable today but might be worth a look at as a posibility
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You will have fun in KAB, I know two people with houses there, with one of them I used to be her boss in the warehouse then last year I was her son's manager. The other is an uncle's friend that lives part time there and part time in Victor Harbor S.A. that I often see when I go to South Aust.   Make sure you fish the lead up to the full or new moon, seems to be very important there, more so then in other barra waters I have fished.


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Thanks Martin I haven`t set a date yet , got the eldest granddaughter`s wedding in early March so it will be after that.
I always try to work around 3 days before and 3 days after the full moon for the best periods of any fishing but I haven`t even looked at the calendar as yet, still organizing a crew.
My wife is usually the main occupant but she is saying to soon after the wedding, to hot and no love for fishing and living with crocs. I think she has gone soft or may be they have changed her medication.
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