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I hope the weather gods are kind to you tomorrow Martin,
very nice fingermark!Clap
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Originally posted by HARTE HARTE wrote:

I hope the weather gods are kind to you tomorrow Martin,
very nice fingermark!Clap

Unfortunately the weather played up AGAIN. The wind once again didn't drop out but I did try up the coast a bit for some small flower pot cod, a little barracuda, stripey and a parrot fish and 2 very small spotty mackeral - again nothing worth bring back. A few other mackerel hits and a couple of hits from a big queenfish (going by the teeth marks) saw a bit of excitement.

I did see a mackeral about 1.5 metres jump right near the boat - straight up then straight back down. Just when I thought it was the closest I had seen one jump - it (I believe it to be the same fish), jumped over the bow of the boatShocked - that was awesomeClap.

Roly was out in his boat with his wife, he lost a big mackerel as he was lifting it into his boat.

Using the Mark A herring again for the reefies
flower pot cod


parrot fish



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that parrot would have been good chewing if it was a little larger mate
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Yeah, it was just that little bit too small. Put up a good fight for it's size though.
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Too many horrorheadsLOL or is it to many scotch&drysLOL 
How big do those Parrot fish grows Mr HorrorheadErmm

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Originally posted by MadDogLures MadDogLures wrote:

Too many horrorheadsLOL or is it to many scotch&drysLOL 
How big do those Parrot fish grows Mr HorrorheadErmm

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How about - too many  HORRORHEADED SCOTCH DRINKERS?Big smile

Most of the parrot fish I have caught (mainly on bait) are around 55 - 60 cm. But I have seen quite a few over 80 cm.
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Originally posted by horrorhead horrorhead wrote:

Originally posted by MadDogLures MadDogLures wrote:

Too many horrorheadsLOL or is it to many scotch&drysLOL 
How big do those Parrot fish grows Mr HorrorheadErmm

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How about - too many  HORRORHEADED SCOTCH DRINKERS?Big smile

Most of the parrot fish I have caught (mainly on bait) are around 55 - 60 cm. But I have seen quite a few over 80 cm.

That's funny Horrordeaded scotch drinkersLOLLOL They get fairly big then Mr Horrorheaded scotch drinkerWink
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On the rocks today. Wal scored a small shark on one of his 75 mm Wedgetail lures, sight casting to it on the first cast.

After about a dozen casts I hooked a nice 50 cm + coral trout using one of Wal's lures - that dropped off trying to lift it up the rock I was standing on.Cry - yes I was sookyLOL

There was plenty of bait around the head land, when they move into the river then the fishing will improve big time at the wharf.

While casting from the rocks I noticed bait keeping away from a particular patch of weed. Eventually a 70 cm + barramundi poked it's head out. Too shallow water and my lures were too big. Anything falling near it scared it off before it would show itself again.

Wal's little shark

The weed patch - notice the bait avoiding it?

the barramundi (circled)



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Sharp eyes Marty !!
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Well I finally HAD a good morning on the reef - or started toConfused. I scored a nice 61 cm school mackerel on the troll out on one of Wal's lures (no photo). On the reef I used an FML lure kindly supplied by Billy Stringer. Once the top of the tide had past and the run out started in earnest, I scored about 20 small / undersized reef species before I  scored a nice 46 cm coral trout...... hmmmm.

This trout extracted his revenge upon me. I used a long pair of long nosed pliers and held the trout over the esky being held open by my right hand. The trout contacted the inside wall of the esky and leveraged off that launching itself upwards driving a barb to the bend into my little fingerCry. Because the hook was facing the wrong way. I couldn't get the lure off so I could put too much force in trying to remove the hook without the risk of driving the other treble in somewhere else. So I packed up, drove back to the ramp, loaded the boat on the trailer, drove home, unhitched the boat, found the bolt cutters and cut the split ring before going to the hospital so they could use the string / hook removal method. I needed a tetnus booster anyway.

the revengeful trout


the war woundWink


Some of the other fish before the trout episode
    
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Ouch! Cry
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That's cool getting the treble in the finger MartinWink 
Trout looks great and lest you got out on the reefThumbs Up

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ouch!,but hey it was worth it eh!Wink
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Ouch mate, that does look painful Cry
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Had this happen to me in a remote fishing location in the NT, Luckily I was caring a small pair of cutters in my kit,cut the barb and left in for 3 days, as I did not want to go to Darwin and ruin a few days of fishing. Needless to say what the doctor said to me I cannot print on this forum, But I can guarantee if it did happen to me again, of to the doctors I would go ho ho.
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Back on the reef today to extract revenge upon the trout - but they got the last laugh - AGAIN (can still hear them gigglingWink). Four lures lost to BIIIG fish and  2 Cam Cupitt's Headland Lures to snags.

On my way out from the ramp I saw Mike pull up. A quick turn around and I had a partner in crime for the day. A troll out to the reef and I was hit a couple of time using a 16 cm Illusion Lure before I hooked up to a 62 cm spotted mackerel ( no photo) that decided it liked the coolness of my esky. Closer to the reef and line screamed off the reel from a huge mackerel hit - then it spat the lure leaving big gashes in the lure's body. Later at the boat ramp I was talking to others and they baited up their limit of spanish mackerel.

Some fish on HJK (Transom's) lures
Now where is that lure?


oh THERE it isWink....            53 cm coral trout


this HJK stick bait was later  taken into the reef by a HUGE trout
 

and a red throat on it just before it was lost.


this very pretty HJK lure was lost on it's second cast to another HUUUGE troutCry. Wal did warn me not to use it because the trout would love it - but hey, it's a lure, and a lure's gotta do what it's gotta doWink


another trout that tried to play - hide the lure. This time a Headland Lure. This sinking bibless was later snagged and lost.



Another Headland Lure was snagged before it caught a fish.

Steiny's DJR lures next. One of these was lost to an 80 cm + gold spot cod
 

A couple of fish on Roy Durre's C.R.A.F.T. lures. By the time I started using these, the fish were taking deeper diving lures.


Mark A Lures next. I lost a Creekybait on it's second cast to yet another HUUUGE trout


Mike had some good and bad luck. Here he is hooked onto a tea leaf trevally (which he enjoys eating) at about 65 cm. It dropped off right next to the boat. He used a lure he found on the beach a couple of weeks ago, only to loose it later to another HUUUUGE trout.


On that same lure Mike scored this 58 cm trout. He scored a nice 47 cm trout on a bluish  Bomber (no photos).


Now Mike is a very excitable bloke Wink. I never know when he's hooked up until I hear something flapping beside the boatLOL.

When I say a HUUUUUGE trout, I mean something that is over 60 cm. The average size of the trout that we lure up is around the 46 cm to 53 cm mark.

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good onya big fella, the conditions look really badConfused.......mick
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Very nice Martin, fantastic fishing and do you lose too many lures on that reef??

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Originally posted by Demon Lures Demon Lures wrote:

Very nice Martin, fantastic fishing and do you lose too many lures on that reef??

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                                                                                                                                                    Ha ha yes Dave, I loose a lot of lures. Big trout and cod that just head straight to the reef. I’m going have to up my gear from 8 kilo braid and 20 kilo leader to at least 12 kilo with 25 kilo leader. A good trout can rub through 20 kilo leader in the reef within seconds. You really have to give the fish a lot of stick to stop them from reefing you and that is not always successful in 2 metres of water.
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Originally posted by horrorhead horrorhead wrote:

Originally posted by Demon Lures Demon Lures wrote:

Very nice Martin, fantastic fishing and do you lose too many lures on that reef??

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                                                                                                                                                    Ha ha yes Dave, I loose a lot of lures. Big trout and cod that just head straight to the reef. I’m going have to up my gear from 8 kilo braid and 20 kilo leader to at least 12 kilo with 25 kilo leader. A good trout can rub through 20 kilo leader in the reef within seconds. You really have to give the fish a lot of stick to stop them from reefing you and that is not always successful in 2 metres of water.


Very clever fish up there Martin and if you used a wire leader would it spook the fish?Smile

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I often use a short wire leader. But only if I think there could be something toothy around. With the very fast jerk action I use, it doesn’t give them much time to study the lure or the hardware. The fast jerk causes a reaction hit. I should also use a stiffer rod, but then that means less casting distance and most of the hits come from more then 60 metres away. A trade off has to come somewhere.
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