Always Expect the Unexpected.

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Always Expect the Unexpected.

#1 Post by allane » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:11 pm

The local estuaries are finally settling from the recent weather systems. It's time to pull the Kayak out, and hopefully, score a Flathead or two. I decided on an early start, and slipped the Yak in just on daylight. Conditions couldn't have been better, no wind, and a slight cloud cover. I clipped on (yeah I know, but I prefer the convenience of clips) a Scumdog and began fishing the edge of the shallows. After half an hour, not a touch, so I changed to the reliable old Crawfish. Another hour or so, covering quite some distance, still not a touch. To make matters worse, numerous puffs of sand were seen, as spooked Flathead raced off in different directions. They're obviously here, but not interested in my offerings. Now round 8am and still not a touch. Looks like a zero score for me today. I decided to go back to the Scumdog. I could occasionally see small shrimp, skipping along, being chased, possibly by Bream.
After a couple of casts, the lure is smashed during a pause, the fish misses. I continue retrieving and again its smashed, missed again. Two more hits and still no hookup. Now, just meters from the Yak, I let it sit for a few seconds. Smash again, and this time I come up solid. A sizeable fish strips line from the reel, as it races off. After quite a battle, I get a glimpse of what appears to be a large, grey/silver fish. Monster Bream I think. I get it close to the net, and no Bream, its a Mangrove Jack, certainly not expecting that, especially mid winter. It's a new PB at 44cm, not a monster but still a great fish.
A quick pic, measure and release. Only one bite so far, but what a bite it was. I continue with the Scumdog and after numerous casts, its monstered again. This fish also hit three times, before hooking up. Another series of blistering runs has me calling it for a big whiting. Finally in sight and its a Bigeye Trevally, these things certainly go well for there size.
Another photo and then release.
After a few misses by small bream, I head over to the opposite bank. A slight breeze has sprung up, so I'll soon be heading for home. A nice long cast, with the usual retrieve, and during the pause, I see a shadow come up from below. I twitch the lure and give it a couple of skips, then pause again. Looks like a big Flathead, it's hovering just below the lure. After letting the lure sit for at least 20 seconds, I see another flash of red as the lure is smashed in a shower of spray. What appeared to be a Flathead shadowing the lure, turns out to be another Mangrove Jack, unbelievable. These things fight like hell and fortunately it's out over sand. Another epic battle ensues, and soon my second Jack is in the net. Not as big as the first, but still nice at 39cm.
Can it get any better than this?
Now around 10am, I decide to fish a little longer. Still using the Scumdog, I pause during the retrieve, and again see another flash of red. The lure is again smashed during the pause. Line screems from the reel and I think, here we go again. Not this time though, as the hook pulls free. Definitely another Jack! I continue working the edge of a drop off, and soon a small Whiting climbs onto the Scumdog. It releases itself beside the Yak. Time to go, but I think I will just have a few more casts.
A quick retrieve sees the lure again smashed. Again no hookup. I continue the retrieve and pause, again the red flash and unbelievably, another Jack smashes the lure. This time the hooks find their mark, and for the fourth time I have a Mangrove Jack stripping line from the reel. What a morning its been. Finally in the net and measures 33cm, the smallest of the morning but who cares, it really doesn't get much better than this.
11am and I'm heading for home. No Flathead today but I'm not complaining!
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Yak PBs: Bream 38cm FL, Bass 46cm FL, Estuary Perch 36cm FL, Flathead 61cm, Whiting 43cm, Luderick 41cm, Silver Trevally 47cm, Mangrove Jack 44cm

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Re: Always Expect the Unexpected.

#2 Post by sigs » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:37 pm

Wow, that's incredible mate well done! I can't get a sniff of a jack in summer let alone 4 in winter! Great report thanks for sharing

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#3 Post by Hakamike » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:08 pm

Great photo's, great report, well done on your new PB!
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#4 Post by Mackayak » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:40 pm

Great session congratulation on the new PB :wink:
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Re: Always Expect the Unexpected.

#5 Post by pazz » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:51 pm

Jack champion,
Great report Al, well done.

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#6 Post by Ads22 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:56 pm

Well done, that's a cracking session!
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#7 Post by Dodge » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:41 pm

What a bonzer outing that proved to be mate.
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#8 Post by arpie » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:33 pm

WOW!! AWesome session ..... Allane!! Massive jacks on small top waters ..... I am amazed the hooks held and weren't straightened!!

Terrific and well done on your PBs!!

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#9 Post by rocketV » Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:49 pm

now that is a cracking session at any time, but even better in the cooler months! well done indeed. :cool:
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#10 Post by AshG » Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:08 pm

When they're on, they're on!
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#11 Post by Sway9 » Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:59 pm

Rippa mate. And to think this time of year, off the top, bruiser Jacks and a big eye, lucky little pocket of the world mate. Great report
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#12 Post by staffo25 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:46 am

cracker of a session mate and a great read also. Cheers for the pics, it always makes for a better read :-)

one of those unsuspecting sessions that won't be long forgotten

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#13 Post by action1974 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:26 am

That is incredible for winter, I have heard picking up one in the colder months but 4. That's just silly. :grin: Hopefully they stay locked in your local and get bigger over the next couple months.

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#14 Post by Freewily » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:47 pm

Whoa!!!!!!!!! What a catch! :lek: Well done on the Winter Jacks & especially the PB! :grin:
Love the pics & colour. Will be a little while before our southern species go for top water. Except the usual Tailor & Salmon. :roll:
Good to hear the expected donut turn satisfyingly productive. :grin:
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Blue Morwong 48cm, Mullet 38cm, Bass 39cm, Garfish 34cm, Leatherjacket 27cm, Flounder 28cm, Snapper 50cm, Bonito 60cm, Whiting 38cm, Tailor 52cm, LongTom 66cm.

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