Arrived at a spot I haven’t fished for about a year to see what it would produce. Spent a bit of time sounding the ground as it is quite “patchy” but did find a small area of hard bottom away from my mark. One of the real benefits of the Minn Kota is that I could “spot lock” right on top of the target area and it held us there all night. It would have been almost impossible to anchor on it!
The burley “experiment” went out and the bite was hot from the start. We boated a just undersized Dhu and a 400mm+ Pinkie within the first 15 minutes (returned of course but that excellent pan sized Pinkie would have been “treasured” in most parts of the world other than WA – I completely support the 500mm size limit though). A big Sargent Baker followed (returned as fresh bait) and then a couple of really nice Breaksea Cod (the biggest was 450mm). I then dropped a bait on top of a 440mm KG and followed that up with a 370mm Tarwine shortly after. A few other undesirables and it all looked good for the Pinkie schools to move through when the sun went down.
Absolutely nothing. The bite actually shut down and there was nothing after that except for a 5-6kg Port Jackson and a mongrel eel. Once the burley ran out we headed in at a rapid pace in the excellent conditions.
I think there was more “celebrating” from the better half when she looked at this bag, than for most I get. A couple of kilos of fillets of some of the best eating fish in the sea.