Offshore - Kiama
went out with 3 other guys and Dan Bennett on Predator Charter back on
30 Oct. Left Kiama at 3.00 AM yes that early - steamed to 25 mile
offshore Kiama Canyons hoping to catch yellowfin. Drift burleyed till
around 7.00am and then radio contacted a pro boat out some 50 miles who
said the water change from 19 degrees to 21 was alive with fish - tuna
mainly - he was pulling a long line and his catch rate was very good.
trolled to 70 miles (radar) and lost the depth at 5000 fathoms or 2500
metres - found heaps of bird life, whale pods travelling north,
dolphins etc on the way out but zero fish - at all.
1300hrs we headed back in and around 60 miles we came across school
after school of albacore - we picked them up on skirted - trolled lures
at first but then they took a liking to bibless minnows.
stage, the whole school of alberts came to the boat with some hooked
fish, so we burleyed them up and tossed live baits, cut baits, plastics
and just about everything else.
I dragged out the #10 shooting
head - 8kg tippet and my own tied orange headed white deceiver and
hooked up on the second serious cast. The boys saw the alby take the
fly from their side of the boat and estimated it around 12/15kg - the
last I saw or felt was the 100 foot running line parting with the
backing - like a rifle shot - on the tuna's initial run - tackle
destruction at the worst possible time.- my fault for not checking ALL
connections - it came apart at a braided loop that was sewn thru
horizontally, super glued and heat shrink finished. ????
loaded the spare spool on - type 3 deepwater express sinking line
($150) and pre tested most of the connections. - second cast with my
own pink squid - hooked up and landed about 20 minutes later.- pending
Sportfishing State record - 6.165kg albacore on 8kg tippet.
all we landed unknown number of alberts on lures - kept 2 each for the
table. The photos show just how flat the seas were- back at Kiama 2100
hrs and kinda knackered in a big way
I now have albacore 6.1 on
8, longtail tuna 5.1 on 8 and mack tuna 4.75 on 6 - stuffed if I can
get a shot at a bloody yellowfin.
Next target is a big dolly - mahi - dorado... watch this space..