To get back out to sea was indeed good for the soul. Though the relief was great the results left a lot to be desired at least as far as the Game Fishing went.
We left the harbour on Saturday in beautiful weather it being a surprise that the BOM were quite accurate.
Reports from out wide indicated that there were Yellowfin and Marlin off Port Stephens and that the Yellowfin run to the South had eased but there had been Marlin encountered down there. So again Sydney was missing out. Consequently Kingfish became the best option. Reports through the week indicated good catches of sizeable fish on the offshore reefs. However when we got to there there were a million and one boats already hard at it. We dropped a couple of baits to no avail and didn’t see anyone else catching so I moved off to try the other reefs sadly all with the same result. Whether we’d missed the bite or the full moon or the number of boats had anything to do with the shut down we’ll never know but at least we had excuses.
We ended up going wide on the off chance that something would give.
I did end up finding birds working over some bait and Striped tuna just over the shelf. I worked the area for some time but there were no takers so headed off to home.
On the way in we had another shot at the Kings but there was even less showing on the sounder that earlier. Again we had no takers so we were throttles down and homeward bound.
Though it was frustrating as far as the fishing went it was still great to be at sea again and in good weather to boot.
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