I am afraid I have to say it but the Pakula ‘Brad ‘J” bullet has done it again with the capture of a very early season Spearfish.
I went out on ‘Shukudu’ owned by Gerard Searle on Monday to see if we could find those elusive Yellowfin. The damned things are out there but not in great numbers. Over the last few weeks the ‘fin have been evident with just enough caught to tease us into chasing them, such is their allure.
The plan was to troll from the shelf, in the hope of a Marlin, then out wide to the thousand fathom line and depending on what we found to turn either North or South. As so happened out wide the current was going hard to the South. We decided to travel down as far as the Southern canyons then turn for home as the radio reports were not very conducive to optimism. And that’s when we got the strike, as we made the turn to head inshore the shot gun with ‘Brad’J” screamed off. The initial run was impressive but after that the fish came in easily. We expected to see a middle sized Yellowfin the last thing we expected was a spearfish. I must say though that later, on the bar BQ at the club it tasted great.
Later I heard there were a few ‘fin taken between Wollongong and wide of Port Hacking as well as a couple of 30 kg. fish somewhere East of Sydney.
The Kingfish are as elusive as the damned Yellowfin. On the offshore reefs they are on one day and who knows where the next. The one constant is that the Jackets are always there. The best you can do is keep going, eventually the timing will be right
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