At first there was much speculation as to what had inhaled the octos, but as the initial gut-busting runs turned into more of a slug fest against dead weight, it became clear that we’d both hooked big cod.
I really don’t like catching these graceful monsters.
They are an integral part of any marine ecosystem and unfortunately they just do not release well. Once they blow their swim bladder and their eyes pop, there’s little to nothing you can do to release them, so rather than risk killing any more, we moved on.
Nothing, however, could stop the onslaught of fish.
Big nannygai and spangled emperor were coming up one after another and the swell was dropping out to nothing at all. It was amazing and by just after lunchtime we’d well and truly sated our need for fish to take home. Greg made the call we’d always talked about.
We’d all agreed that if we found them biting hard we would enforce a ‘no bait rule’ where, being all keen lure fishos, we’d dig amongst our overloaded tackle bags and use jigs and rigs that we’d always wanted to catch fish on, but had never had the confidence to try.
This is an interesting phenomenon. We all have no hesitation buying lures off the walls of tackle shops on the slightest whim, but once out on the big blue there’s a sense of not wanting to miss out by risking an unproven technique or product.
The results being that we, as anglers, often limit ourselves and because of a degree of fear or narrow-mindedness, we end up missing out on discovering new and exciting things that can really shine in different situations. This was the perfect opportunity to learn and test products without the risk of ‘missing out’.
We had quite the mix too.
The old man was running a 7” jerkshad on his new Shimano Stella 5000, Greg, Keith and I all had Reidy’s Seabugs, Jamie had a twin hook paternoster rig with a PE Tackle Fly rigged over a Berkley Gulp Squid Vicious plastic on the top and a Zman GrubZ plastic on the bottom, and Horto had a massive Berkley Powerbait Grub on one rod and a Sea Bug on his new Shimano Terez rod.
There was just one problem – our catch rate didn’t slow down!
The old man was hoping for a trout and mentioned pretty quickly that anything else was going to be ‘interesting’ due to the light (6-8kg) spin stick he was using with the Stella. We would soon find out, because as we started the drift over a patch of rubble bottom the rods began to bend. I couldn’t miss the photo opportunities so wound my Sea Bug off the bottom a few cranks and went to grab the camera.
Horto had his Terez loaded up to a monster and it was doing it magnificently. These are an ideal rod choice for deep water shoal bashing as they have the fast taper and soft tip to hook and cushion the fight of big soft-mouth reds while still having more stopping power than the cast of The Expendables.
Everyone else was likewise locked up and as I snapped off a few shots my rod gave a lurch in the holder, forcing me to ditch the camera and scramble over to it just in time to sink the hook into another horse. This drop ended up mostly being big nannygai, except for my fish which was a nice spangled and the old man who got his trout – talk about lucky!
The next drop was more of the same, except that this time I didn’t make it to my rod in time. My favourite LJ Custom’s Pinnacle Jigstick was loaded up in the holder and I gave Jamie the O.K. to rescue it while I kept snapping away. This drop saw more big nannygai come aboard, including one to Jamie on my rod, as well as an assortment of less desirables like trevally, chinaman and even a triggerfish – all on Reidy’s Seabugs.
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