We set off from Ocean Reef just after 4pm and motored north west to a rock that breaks in swell located a metre or so below the surface. We anchored up in about 9m of water and conditions were as good as they get. The water was like glass, above and below, and you could easily see all of the features of the bottom. Perhaps a bit “ideal” but just nice to be out there.
Of course I took some of my burly and the cage and it went straight in the water. With the clarity is was good to watch how it dispersed in the water column. True to form, within a quarter of an hour we had fish all around the boat feeding in the trail and the species in abundance were schools of skippy, and nice sized ones as well. They were taking any bait or plastic we threw at them and it was an enjoyable time of non-stop action – there is always something to enjoy by sight fishing. In the end it was catch and release as we had enough. The sea was alive with everything devouring the burley, and even a pod of dolphins moved in to feed on the things that were feeding on the burley.
As it was starting to get dark, Adam threw an unweighted strip bait at the rock searching for a pink. Just like last week, he was smashed again by something large. The first call was shark as it hit the bait mid water and came to the surface when hooked. It was peeling line at will and as it headed for the rock we were all waiting for the bust off. A bit of heat from Adam pulled it away and then the fish broke the surface to reveal a nice sized salmon. Adam had it in the deeper water and then it was just 10 minutes or more of “play” to get it to the boat. After a few shots with the net (it was lucky to fit in) we got it onboard and indeed it was a nice fish. It was “damaged” with the hook right down its neck so it came home for future use.
After dark, it became quite slow but we did land a couple of octopus and dropped a cray at the boat (bugger). As usual the snook/pike came in, and we were busted off a couple of times by what were likely to be large undesirables. The wind was building and at about 8pm it was time to come in. Although no pinkies, it was a good night and nice to get a big salmon this far NOR.