Headed out from Hillarys around 5pm to new ground about 5 minutes from the marina. There are a lot of reefs in close so the plan was to fish just off a lump, burley hard and present a variety of baits. It was a random selection of a new spot and we just chose what looked good on the sounder. The sea was messy with swell, chop and current all going in different directions.
Within 10 minutes I had a solid take on my bottom rig. It was a mini pink of about 300mm but a good sign. Not long after another mini pink and hopes were high. The bite was generally slow however as there were no other species taking the baits which was a little unusual.
As it got quite dark, and right on the change of tide, my floater went off big time. This was a fish that picked up the mulie and was heading to the horizon. The bait runner was screaming and I let it run before setting the hooks. Solid, and then the drag started to scream which is always a good sign. No doubt that this was a big fish as it headed to the rock with a lot of repeated runs and head shakes on the relatively light drag settings. After a while it came to the surface and the concern was that it was a shark because it did this. As it approached the boat we saw the colour and shape, and this was no shark. A nice pinkie in the net for a happy end result.