May Mackerel Sessions

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May Mackerel Sessions

Postby Pollycraft » Wed May 09, 2018 1:02 pm

It has been a tough offshore season chasing the pelagics and I have barely been out on the water. The ocean has been very cruel to the kayakers with consistently rough seas and unfishable conditions.

Finally, my prayers were answered and everything began to line up. The ocean conditions began to improve, the bait had arrived and there were a few fish around. I was able to convince Benjay, my usual partner in crime, to tag along with me for one last trip to get some pelagics. We fished hard and sometimes the conditions were less than ideal but we were rewarded for our efforts. The slimy mackerel had started to turn up and we knew the fish would not be too far away.

The next couple of mornings yielded some extra large spotties, all hovering around the 100cm mark. The big spotties along with the odd tuna kept us busy each morning but we had come seeking the prized spanish mackerel and would not rest until we had each caught one for the season.
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The weather forecast for the final morning of the trip was not looking great. A southerly was predicated to pick up early and make things very uncomfortable. Benjay and I devised a plan to do a quick hit and run session of some of our productive marks. With live bonito and slimy mackerel rigged up, we began our trolling run south with the aim to ride the wind back once it became too rough. Just as conditions began to deteriorate on the low tide change my rod went off and my line exited the reel with exceptional pace. At first, it felt like it could be another extra large spottie but soon the headshakes let me know it was a spanish mackerel.
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It was a great feeling to round out my season with a spanish and to get out on the water with some mates as well. My mind is already thinking about the next season.
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Re: May Mackerel Sessions

Postby rocketV » Wed May 09, 2018 8:12 pm

Nice fish! Good reward for braving the conditions :cool:
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Re: May Mackerel Sessions

Postby pazz » Fri May 11, 2018 12:28 pm

Well done, some quality fish.
My mackerel season was a complete wipe-out.
Fished hard a few times and watched fish caught by neighbour kayakers but zip for me.
Seemed to be foiled most other weekends with crap weather.
All up a very quite mack season in the Coffs area.
Fingers crossed for a better snapper season.
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Re: May Mackerel Sessions

Postby unsinkable 2 » Fri May 11, 2018 3:08 pm

good stuff mate! It's been a bit of a funny season up here too- the fish have generally been there but they only seem to have been biting really early on in the morning just before or around sunrise. have had a couple of sessions where I could see a few fish cruising under the yak completely uninterested in eating anything
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: May Mackerel Sessions

Postby Jamie D » Fri May 18, 2018 6:26 pm

Mate some ripper fish there awesome
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Re: May Mackerel Sessions

Postby Brendon » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:40 am

Nice work .Reward for effort put in.

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