The weather was really good on Saturday so why not give it a try? Michael (zOOm) was keen to take his boat so a 5am departure from Hillarys was arranged. The wind was light but the swell was at 2.5m, which means it is not wise to take on the crossing of the near shore reefs in the dark. The “plan” was to stay in close, burley up and fish sunrise for the pinkies with good quality rigs and baits. There was no spot, we just looked at likely reef structure, anchored and set up a burley trail. Let’s just say we didn’t go more than a few kilometres.
A customer ordered 20kg of burley last week so I made a “special” batch. Lots of fish, lots of oil and a high proportion of pilchard. I must admit I had my first “2016 pinkie trip” in mind and It was a high strength fine grained burley that dispersed at about 1 to 1.5kg per hour, enhanced with pilchard shred every now and again.
Within 20 minutes, Michael’s bottom rig went off. This fish was a pinkie of about 450mm so back it went, but the signs were good. About 10 minutes later my bait runner made that sound that you love to hear. Wait, wait, wait and when the fish clearly had the bait set the hooks. This was a nice solid fish that was peeling lots of line with the characteristic head shakes. Very pleased to see the big pink flash as it came into sight.
After first light, and after the pinkies, we headed deeper. Anchor and burley again and the results kept coming. I got another good pinkie (released) and Michael got a nice baldie.