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An hour session with Wal and Shaun flicking lures off a rock wall near the wharf chasing mackerel. Wal had a huge hit that turned out to be a giant trevally around 80 cm long. He attributes the oversized surface hit to competing fish as he saw another buzzing around his hooked fish right next to the rocks - he got cut off as his hooked fish dove around one of these rocks.

10 minutes later as he was pulling his lure out of the water, he got hit by a 75 cm plus barramundi. This fish was green and leaping all over the place on a short piece of line. During one of these leaps Wal yanked the fish onto the rocks where it was pounced upon. A few photos then back into the water - closed season.


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Great fish off the rocks! Love this post...….
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Great looking lure,as well as the Barra.Wink
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Smashing them Martin, get into it 😁👍
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Another go off those rocks this morning. I scored a 43 cm mangrove jack using a stick bait made by Billy Stringer's friend - Gary Ransom. I also was short hit by a huge spanish mackerel hard up against the rocks. There were big boils everywhere during this time but they were short lived. I'll have another crack at them tomorrow morning as I'm sure the source of the boils were from big GTs and spanish mackerel.

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nice fish H/H !!
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Topwater Jacks are always good fun...
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that Jack looks tasty,good stuff!
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Another flick session at the rocks again early this morning. I landed this 55 cm giant trevally  with a 120 cm plus model following close behind it - but alas, that dude didn't return. Another brief hook up on a similar sized GT a little while later. But as I casted parallel to the rocks, I gave it some slack line as I hurried closer to it and it spat the lure out. I had 4 different barra short strike me closed to the rocks when using a stick bait, the biggest around 80 cm. If I had switched back to a diver lure, I could have hooked any or all of them. But as it's closed season, I let them be.


Some good news, the local IGA has chook AND duck lures back in stockLOLLOLLOL

In the afternoon, Wal and I had a session at Archer Point for very little sign of fish. I did however land this coconutConfused


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Was that coconut on a Mark A Lure Martin??
I had heard that the market was going Nuts on them !
Is there any particular technique used in firstly acquiring the hook up and then landing it
The reason I ask is that coconut is still more than I am catchin at the moment, gota get my A++ tail into gear
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Originally posted by Kimo Kimo wrote:

Was that coconut on a Mark A Lure Martin??
I had heard that the market was going Nuts on them !
Is there any particular technique used in firstly acquiring the hook up and then landing it
The reason I ask is that coconut is still more than I am catchin at the moment, gota get my A++ tail into gear
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HA HA Kimo, no the lure was one of Wal's Illusion Lures. And surprisingly, it did put up much of a fight at allLOL

Another morning flick off the rocks. The GTs were there but few and far between. Wal managed one a little bit smaller then mine of yesterday morning. We both had a couple of great hits but no solid hook up. At this spot, the half hour before dawn seems to be the prime time with very little afterwards. I tried about 5 different makers, Wal kept to his own lures.


No signs of a spanish mackerel today. Haven't taken the boat out as the winds are still up and predicted to be the same for the next 5-6 days -I'll be on my way to Brisbane by then.
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We flicked the rocks again yesterday evening for no result.

This morning I went back to the rocks and tried a variety of lures (my normal practice). I scored this 64 cm giant trvally on one of Wal's lures. Then everything went quiet. At this time of the year the herring disappear for a day or 2 a few times until one time, they do not re-appear until Jaune / July the next year. This morning was one of those herringless days so not much was going to happen.

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How's the boat going??

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Originally posted by MadDogLures MadDogLures wrote:

How's the boat going??

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Boat is going great, love it. I could have taken the boat out today but I have a cancer treatment on my neck and it makes it very very sun and heat sensitive.

Wal and I treid the rocks today. Our secret spot has been compromisedCry- Scotch and Dry found usLOL. Not that it is hidden as it is a well visited spot.

Wal got hit by a metre plus mackerel that once again took to the air and jumped towards him. He could wind in the slack line fast enough and the fish spat the lure upon re-entry. That was our only hit but a few mangrove jack smashed through some small bait right up against the rocks.
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That's great wookiee, Sounds like you are still smashing it and all the best with the skin cancer spot.

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Dozens of spots Dave, but all good and under control
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Tried again this morning and this evening back at the rocks for one 40 cm or so giant trevally. There were some big surface smashes this morning but they were all on the other side of the channel and too far out of my casting range. Both times today I had a couple of other minor skirmishes for no further hook up. Once again I tried a variety of lures with the "usual" lure doing the damage.

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Tried again at the rocks this morning. The barra were still there smashing through little bait less then 2 cm long. Included in them was a very black little barra. Obviously came down from a very dark tannin stained waterway to breed. As they were hanging close to the rocks, when my lure got close to them I burned the last of the retrieve so they would try to hit it.

I got smashed by a big fish of some sort that "rolled" on top of the lure to hit it from the top missing all of the hooks. 10 minutes later I was followed by, obviously, a very big giant trevally that boiled behind the lure four times leaving holes in the water the size of a dinning table - still no hook up and the last of the action.
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