Reef Donkey Roundup

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Reef Donkey Roundup

#1 Post by Brendon » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:10 pm

The last few weeks have seen a number of weather windows that have allowed my self and a few fishing buddies to fish reefs rarely accessible to us which coincided with the Samson fish moving into shallow inshore waters .


A couple of weeks ago I invited Todd to join Joel and myself to see if we could repeat a hot snapper session I had solo the week before.
We launched in the dark and by first light were aproaching the zone. Lots of arches on the sounder but spread out.
We spilt up and started looking for the big schools of snapper from the previous week .

Just on sunrise my squid gets engulfed on the drop and the drag buzzes as the fish takes off a classic bottom hugging and yak circling fight takes place and soon I have it up to the yak .You beauty a nice 83cm Samson opens the account for the day off nicely .
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It's well after sun rise when I saw a couple of classic big elongated arches and dropped a squid down and hooked up to a fish that did short powerful runs and slugged it out near the bottom before busting me off buggar!!!

Its quiet again for another half hour or so and meanwhile Joel and Todd have picked up a couple of wrasse for live bait . Todd hooks up big time on a live wrasse and is soon being towed by it out to sea and after several minutes on 50lb tackle Todd has a lovely meter plus Samson that I would estimate around 12 to 14 kg in his lap that is quickly released and swims off strongly.
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Joel has to leave for family commitments so gives Todd a live Wrasse which by the time Joel has hit the beach Todd has converted into a 99cm Samson that he kept and it smoked up a treat.

Its getting towards late morning and we decide to have a final crack at trying get a pink snapper as the wind is starting to freshen . I drop another bait down and its snaffled by a fish that's takes off at a rapid pace in a long straight run that sees me cursing my self as my Stradic 4000 is well overdue a new top shot of 20lb braid. Pedalling hard I soon get a few wraps of braid over the backing and eventually get another 83cm in the yak .It was weird ,like he had turned his mates and said "watch my Tuna impression !"

A safe landing on the beach ended an amusing day where we could not get through the Samsons to the snapper.
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Another week passes and I head out with ex KFDU mod Paul Tuckwell who is a Samson master and my teacher in all things Seriola . You may remember Paul as the guy who caught the 35kg Samson from his yak a few years back.
The Morning of the Launch the weather is a bit sketchy with stronger winds and different direction to what we normally favour but we both have bought our Finn out rigger equipped hobbies which are great in poor weather. I whilst moving my alarm back from 5.15 to 4.45 the night before failed to change the 5 to a 4 on my phone and after my usual bad nights sleep wake check my phone and its already past the time we agreed to launch Arghh !!! leap out of bed have trailer on car and at launch unloading in 35mins .Paul has headed out and picked up a couple of squid in the dark . I meet up with him right on sunrise and within minutes he has hooked up on a live squid by a very strong fish that bit him off after a while with the 40 LB leader bitten through between the snelled hooks .As I pedalled up to him to commiserate his next squid gets inhaled by a 73cm snapper giving that tell tale snapper head shake.

With Paul still hooked up he says "there is a big school still under me" so I lob a Scaly Mackerel at him which is grabbed by a 45 cm Pink snapper which is soon thrown back as its undersize . Another couple of minutes and another snapper comes up which was probably size but I drop it trying to put it on the measuring sticker on my Haka board on the Outrigger.

I scan around for a bit and spot a couple of big arches so a whole squid on the Heavy outfit is sent to investigate .Almost immediately it reports back via my 20lb braid that its been eaten and now will be leaving the immediate area....A strong fast run soon makes it obvious its another Samson and on the heavy I soon have a 87cm Samson in the fish bag. After unhooking the fish I note I have knocked the top guide insert out of the heavy rig so now only have the Nitro Viper left .
Meanwhile Paul has landed a 54cm pannie snapper and having bagged out puts his heavier outfit away and picks up his Nitro Baby Viper 3 to 6 KG outfit with a Daiwa 3000 series spinning reel.

He drops another squid head which is taken by 74cm snapper that gives him the run around on the light gear before being released.

I finish resetting and look up to see Paul has a good hook up on the light outfit about 40 m away and thinking to myself I will go over and get some pics in a minute, drop a large squid head over the side . Whilst watching Paul to judge what he was onto my Squid heads off and its soon apparent this is a really good fish .Making no impact on stopping it and rapidly heading into the backing again I head off after it after covering nearly 100m in straight line it just stops and I have dead weight on the bottom .Thinking its run me around a reef or been eaten by a shark I sit there for a minute or two pulling max force on it and then try and change angles and then give it some slack eventually after some weird vibrations it moves off again dead slow .Thinking "aww shit I've been sharked" I sit over it giving it heaps but the 6 to 8kg tackle is not able to do much lifting . After a few minutes of dead slow he has had enough and lights the burners heading now out towards where Paul is still hooked up to his big fish and being pulled out sea . Still more minutes pass of me chasing/ being pulled after my fish and again I get over the top and from here the rest of the fight degenerates into me trying to pedal forward and get some angle on him to plane him up and going in circles with short runs.
After 20 minutes I am now within shouting range of Paul who is still playing a hell of a good fish on really light tackle and also cant lift it either.. Paul offers to break his fish off and come over and get some pics but I say thanks but not yet as the fish was stuck 8m below me . Another couple minutes pass and I get the feeling I am making progress and within a minute or two have leader in sight .Yelling to Paul I have colour He starts to try busting his off and suddenly his is coming up as well .
Being super patient I finally get the fish along side the yak and after a few goes slip the gaff in the jaw. As I pull the 27.5 kg (60lb) 1.35m Samson into my lap into my lap I am instantly grateful for the outrigger setups stability . It feels like I have a bag of cement in my lap and its a struggle to get it across onto the haka board. It's totally spent and won't release and has left me covered in slime and blood. Hearing the Jaws theme in my head I quickly clean as much as possible off .
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Paul has just got his into his lap as I pedal up and we take grip and grins of each other .Pauls fish is about 5 to 10cm shorter than mine and about 24kg (52lbs) on 15lb braid!!! Pauls fish is also spent and both were kept and eaten .
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The whole 30 o 40 mins this has been going on the wind has picked up and the chop and its a hard pedal the km or so upwind till the starting point of the fight .

Back where we started whilst chatting to each other how cool it was to both be battling big fish at once I decided to have a few more casts as I did not have a legal snapper onboard for the day …several minutes and a few drops on fish later my Scaly Mackerel is munched. Thinking to my self god I hope its not another sambo it soon shows colour and you ripper a nice Pink snapper is in the net again about the 63cm range .
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Whilst I was doing this Paul has caught a lovely Flathead .

Running out of time and energy with a heap of cleaning to do we land on the beach and draw a fair bit of attention from beach goers which is not good for keeping spots quiet..
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Huge thanks to all the guys who came out on the past few trips and especially Paul who is an awesome Kayak Fishing Mentor.
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Re: Reef Donkey Roundup

#2 Post by Jamie D » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:14 pm

What a report and some really good fish there Brendon well done

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Re: Reef Donkey Roundup

#3 Post by Brendon » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:22 pm

Thanks Jamie ! Was an epic day .
Weather gods have decreed we leave that spot alone for a few weeks by the looks.
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Re: Reef Donkey Roundup

#4 Post by Leper » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:49 pm

Some cracking fish there Brendon especially from the kayak and great to see a blast from the past in Paul who was at one point a moderator on this site
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Re: Reef Donkey Roundup

#5 Post by rocketV » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:16 pm

wow. :lek:
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Re: Reef Donkey Roundup

#6 Post by Ads22 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:18 pm

A great report and some ripper fish. Would be an awesome tussle, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing, got me very jealous that those stonkers aren't in range here! :?: :lol:

Also, I see a GoPro, any videos for us to view? :grin:
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Re: Reef Donkey Roundup

#7 Post by Brendon » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:43 pm

Ads22 wrote:A great report and some ripper fish. Would be an awesome tussle, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing, got me very jealous that those stonkers aren't in range here! :?: :lol:

Also, I see a GoPro, any videos for us to view? :grin:
Thanks mate .
The go pro and I have a love / hate relationship....
I ran out of card about 5 minutes into the fight on the big sambo .there is a lot of background in the vids that would give a spot away that was given to me . I do have a couple of short grabs i will post.
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#8 Post by yaqdoq » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:21 am

Awesome .




Great fish and jealous .

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#9 Post by mirage583 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:33 pm

That's Sumo wrestling. not fishing. Since when was a 540 mm snapper a pannie? I'm fishing in the wrong state

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#10 Post by Brendon » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:47 pm

mirage583 wrote:That's Sumo wrestling. not fishing. Since when was a 540 mm snapper a pannie? I'm fishing in the wrong state
When its 40mm above legal lol
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#11 Post by NorthSIKer » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:33 pm

Unbelievable.

My eyes were almost glazing over by the fifth or sixth photo of a fish of a lifetime in a day.

Amazing captures.

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#12 Post by Ads22 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:52 pm

Brendon wrote:
Ads22 wrote:A great report and some ripper fish. Would be an awesome tussle, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing, got me very jealous that those stonkers aren't in range here! :?: :lol:

Also, I see a GoPro, any videos for us to view? :grin:
Thanks mate .
The go pro and I have a love / hate relationship....
I ran out of card about 5 minutes into the fight on the big sambo .there is a lot of background in the vids that would give a spot away that was given to me . I do have a couple of short grabs i will post.
Cheers Brendon
Shame about the footage mate. I much prefer watching YT vids than watching the rubbish on television these days! So much junk!! I know what you mean about giving away areas. I don't really care who fishes the areas I go to, provided they leave it tidy! However, it's a different story if someone points it out to me, and have left video footage out for these purposes in the past.
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