After hearing reports during last week of yellowfin ranging from mid 40 kilo’s to around 70 kilo’s I was obviously keen to get out there. I managed to raise a crew and headed out on Saturday. Reports during the week had been from widen of Broken Bay down to the Southern canyons. Since there was a Southerly due I went South. Just wide of Browns the water had reached 24 degrees so the lure were deployed and we went hunting. There was little action in the form of birds and bait until I found a temperature break from 24 degrees down to 23.6 degrees.
Further down the coast on the break birds started to appear then suddenly they were everywhere. I worked the birds for a couple of hours seeing the yellowfin busting up but unable to get to them in time.
I decided to look further afield and hadn’t gone more than a couple of hundred metres when the ‘shotgun’ went off.
Sadly after nearly an hour and with the fish just out of gaffing range the ‘wind-on’ gave way. It was devastating to lose such a good fish after a very tough fight so near to the end. Anyway these things happen.
On the radio during the day there were several reports of Striped Marlin on the shelf both up around the ‘Bait Station’ and further down inshore of where I was. There was one Blue
Marlin being fought but after a 2 hour fight I didn’t hear whether they caught it. There were also quite a few Yellowfin taken .
So though Saturday was a great day to be out wide after hearing the reports it was decidedly better on Sunday.
It is such a shame that this unbelievable bite is coinciding with this virus.