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#1 Post by Whisky » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:50 pm

After several months without kayaking, took Dorado out to Mag yesterday. Trolling a hard body for 2 hours for nothing. Then used plastics at Picnic reef, only bommie cods, good fun anyway. Then hooked the Halco to the rudder mechanism. Didn’t want to jump into the water to untangle it. Headed to shallow water at the flat. Removed the hard body from the rudder and put the rod inside and forgot about I still had a soft plastic jig hanging in the water from another rod. Just within a minute of paddling back to the beach, the Spheros screamed.
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Not a big one but it did fight very hard.
Anyway I am going to have a small kayak trailer due to back/arm/shoulder issue and hopefully I will hit the water more often from now on.
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#2 Post by arpie » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:31 pm

Nice one - he would've given you a good workout!! Well done! It's always the 'surprise ones' you love the best! :gu:

Hope the shoulder improves - they are buggers of things when they go crook. I've had both worked on over the last 20 years! :?: Surgery on one & manipulation under block anaesthetic on the other! NEITHER procedures were fun! Took 12 months + to recover! :cry:

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#3 Post by NorthSIKer » Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:11 pm

Nice work - good to see you back on the water and putting in a report. Those trevally always pull hard.

What is the back/arm/shoulder issue? I had a frozen shoulder a couple of years ago and put me off the water for over a year. Back to 99% good now. I hope yours doesn't last so long.

I have been struggling to catch those rat trevally this year (hand sized ones are plentiful) which is a pity as they are the best for making into cerviche. Even pretty good filleted, floured and fried when fresh. And most years pretty abundant.

I have had most success right up in the shallows (down to 40cm-50cm water) or just on the drop off on the first of the incoming tide with unweighted flys and plastics. Sounds like you were in that territory.

Big snake store has Halcos on sale at the moment if you need a replacement.

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#4 Post by Whisky » Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:16 am

Finally looked it up. It is torn shoulder rotator cuff which happened 5 years ago after flying over a bike's handle bar. Recovery has been slow by lack of blood flow around those tendons. I could not cast a rod for 3 months. It got much better afterwards that paddling is not affected at all. It still hurts slightly when loading the yak up the roof racks.

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#5 Post by LODO » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:29 am

I so love Trevally!! Fun to catch, and nice to eat at the right size.

One of my favourite fish actually.

I had a damaged rotator cuff too where the cartilage inside the socket had actually folded over and was causing agony. One the day of me going to the specialist about it he couldn't find anything. I told him that night, I felt a "pop" and shot of intense pain and then it went away. He reckoned I was the luckiest shoulder injury person he'd ever seen. Apparently, that "pop" was my cartilage folding back to its rightful place. Otherwise, it was surgery for me.

Then not long after that ... frozen shoulder ... now there's a pain I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy (literally). It was horrible for a year ... managed to get it in both shoulders.

Now ... alas ... it's just family commitments and weather conditions preventing me getting on the water. I haven't been on the water in several months and it's driving me batty!!!

I see the tides are big this weekend ... with big run, it usually means for me that there's less swell which is always good. I just need to keep the fingers crossed and hope that the conditions stay good for the weekend so I can get out.

Absolutely desperate ... if for nothing else, a trip over to the island for breakfast while trolling a couple of lures behind the yak.

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#6 Post by NorthSIKer » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:43 pm

LODO wrote:Absolutely desperate ... if for nothing else, a trip over to the island for breakfast while trolling a couple of lures behind the yak.
Yeah, watching the forecast and I am hoping for a leave pass Sunday (yet to check). Was toying with maybe Forest Beach and the shoals north of there just to go someone different, but haven't firmed on an idea. Island is always good too.

Might be a weekend for a group trip finally?

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#7 Post by LODO » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:08 am

I'm in ... if the conditions are conducive to a trip.

I just want to get on the water!!! With the TI ... still stuck to boatramp launches until I can save enough $$$ for a good strong cart.

I shall continue to watch this post to be sure to align with anyone heading out. Hoping to actually bring the Mrs out on the yak with me for a first time on the TI.

It's a very low low tide this week I see 0.12 ... But ... I can walk the trailer out that far if required. Swell is anticipated (at present) to be uncomfortably lumpy 0.7 on Sunday (Willyweather). But Sunday is a long ways away.

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#8 Post by NorthSIKer » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:10 pm

LODO wrote:It's a very low low tide this week I see 0.12 ... But ... I can walk the trailer out that far if required. Swell is anticipated (at present) to be uncomfortably lumpy 0.7 on Sunday (Willyweather). But Sunday is a long ways away.
What is the name of the law of nature that says that once one looks to lock in a trip on the water, the forecast winds go up 10 knots in the next forecast iteration? :lol:

Both models on Windyty have Sunday calm - either flat (3-4 knots) or calm (8-10 knots). And Willyweather has dropped back under 10 knots - so basically expect glass most of the day. Might even be boring calm.

Forest beach has a boat ramp - a bit like Pallarenda but only one lane. No idea how it is on low tide. And if a bit of a swell it would be exposed (like Pallarenda - maybe more). Not locked in for Sunday and not locked in on location but I do like to get out to new spots when I can. Lady Elliot shoals a few km north of Forest beach seems a bit like Paluma shoals when I've been there - only pulled up a few small cod but haven't fished it for long (only as a detour coming back from Orpheus and it was pretty lumpy and middle of the day).

If I can get out open to any suggestions - but if a really good day preferably not the Bay :)

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