Big Kingscliff Snapper!

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Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby unsinkable 2 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:29 pm

Had a few blokes looking at heading out for a session out from Kingscliff so I figured that I may as well come along!
The launch from the beach wasn't anything too special- I did however mistime it so copped my usual few foamies in the chest instead of having a nice dry bum which ended up sucking a bit as it was pretty damn cold once out there and exposed by the westerly winds!

Started off before the sun got up by jigging up a couple of yakkas to sit in my footwells to use as live baits, during which time a whale swam quite quickly underneath all 5 or 6 of us which was an experience and a half in shallow water- its tail created a massive line of boils which popped up only a few metres away from me!

Headed out and had a look around which is always interesting in a new area- there was plenty of reef and a few fish sitting over it here and there, none of which were deciding to eat my live yakka or plastic which I soon got snagged...
After re-rigging I headed out to some deeper water and started casting my placcy around, and much to my surprise got a hit despite a very bland looking sounder. 40ish cm pannie in the hatch and I was on the board!

It was pretty damn quiet for the next hour or two after that however, with only a couple more half-hearted hits and not much to report from anyone else out on the water. I positioned for another drift off the edge of a patch of reef and dropped my livie down as per usual. The drift was quite fast so I just assumed that it was going down at its normal rate until I put the clicker on to start my drift and instead of holding it in place as per usual the reel let out a good scream- Fish on!!!
I flipped my penn jigmaster out of freespool and let the rod load up to let the circle hook find its place then started pulling up whatever I had hooked from 28 odd metres of water. Some good headshakes and tail beats here and there had me guessing (and quietly hoping for a jewfish) but I was stoked when I saw the shape/colour of a good snapper coming up to the kayak. Had a couple of bad spear-gaff shots hit the guts and slip out due to not having enough flesh to grab, but then landed a solid one in some bone on the head and got him in without drama.

Didn't stick around for too long after that so I paddled back in and rolled at the creek mouth for good measure! Sometimes I don't know what I would do without the hatch on the stealth...
Fish went 84cm and I'd put it at around the 7kg mark- Nice when the drive pays off to a new location and to get a good one in for winter!

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I caught a cobia which could eat the rest except for the mackerel which could also probably eat a lot of the things
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby PA Pete » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:15 am

Great read, great vid, great fish!! Well done old mate. :wink:
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby muzza111 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:52 am

Lovely snapper mate. PS my gaffing skills are so good I prefer a large landing net :wink: I suppose a big net wouldn't fit in your hatch though.
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby Pollycraft » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:23 am

A quality specimen. :grin: Nothing like a winter dip in the water to wake you up.
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby BrettoQld » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:17 pm

That's a horse of a fish.
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby unsinkable 2 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:02 pm

Cheers all!

muzza111 wrote:I suppose a big net wouldn't fit in your hatch though.


Correct! I had a look at the folding ones but they're too expensive and they can't be operated one-handed so I reckon I'll stick with the stabby things!

Pollycraft wrote:Nothing like a winter dip in the water to wake you up.


Can confirm no caffeine was required that day!
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby suncoaster » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:11 pm

nice
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby NorthSIKer » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:09 pm

That be one big ugly fish!

Think you need some barbs on your Kage gaff :)
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby pazz » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:37 pm

Great snap Owen.
Good to see you have been to the same gaff class as me...I need to catch more fish to get practice with the gaff.
Well done.
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby Ads22 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:05 pm

Super fish mate! Can't wait to catch one of those beasts. Hell, I'd settle for the little fella for a start!
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby rocketV » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:50 pm

The whale encounter would have been worth the trip alone, but to get that snapper was cream :cool:
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby Leper » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:38 pm

Very Nice! Head out again sometime and enter one into the Social Snapper competition! :lek:
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Re: Big Kingscliff Snapper!

Postby unsinkable 2 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:18 am

Cheers again all!

rocketV wrote:The whale encounter would have been worth the trip alone, but to get that snapper was cream :cool:

Was definitely one of the coolest things I've seen in a while- have seen whales before but that was something else

Leper wrote:Very Nice! Head out again sometime and enter one into the Social Snapper competition! :lek:

I will say that as much as I would like to, photographing fish with entry numbers and the like while they are alive on a brag mat offshore isn't exactly a walk in the park!
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