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Headed up to Port Stephens this weekend for some well earned r and r. We stayed at the Shoal Bay Resort and spa and had a nice apartment right on the beach. On Friday night we had a lovely seafood buffet included in our accom package. Over a wine with dinner we discussed our plan for the next day. Many of you may remember that I had a cardiac arrest exactly 4 years ago and if swordie was not accomplished at giving effective CPR I would not be here! So this was a sort of 4th birthday celebration We were lucky enough to find out that Reef Magic had Saturday available for a charter. We asked a few friends to join us but they all had other commitments. We also hoped to catch up with Scratchie but he didn't have any time free to see us so we went alone. My main aim was to complete a hat trick of marlins and catch a blue to go with my blacks and stripes. Swordie had brought along his 9wt saltwater flyrod hoping to catch a dollie and create a new fishraider record, as you do. We woke up early and the resort people had a box with our breakfast and some fruit and juice, great service. Headed out on a beautiful day with excellent conditions in anticipation of scoring a big blue or black marlin. Stopped at the live bait grounds and grabbed a tank full of small slimies and zoomed around the little island and picked up 4 nice sized skip bait bonnies. We headed out towards the 350 fathom line but on the way out the blue water temp jumped from 21 to 25 degrees so we commenced trolling. Now for the wait and we trolled and trolled and waited and waited. Radio reports told of 4 hook ups on big blue marlin not far from our location. We saw a huge free jumper but alas it wasn't our day and not for the lack of trying. Mike and Damo tried every trick in the book even skip baiting the fresh bonito with no lookers. We pulled the pin at around 4pm and headed back to the FAD'S and fish traps hoping to get swordie his dollie on fly. At the outer FAD the current was raging almost pulling the buoy under the water and difficult to fly fish with the wind and current. So we decided to try the fish traps in closer. After a few tries swordie finally gets a hit and misses it grrrrrrrrrrr @%$$@%^&. A few more casts and he was on and caught a nice 60cm dollie and although no monster it was a new fishraider record for the species on fly and a first for Stewy. I had a go and also caught one on fly and several others live slimies and what a buzz it was. A pleasant day was had by us. It was beautiful out on the sea and we were entertained by pods of dolphins beside us and Damo took a fabulous Go Pro video of them from the bow sprit where they were surfing the waves. Lunch was delicious and thanks to Captain Mike and Damian for looking after us so well. Here is the moment of glory
Admin is pleased to announce Reef Magic Charters and Scent Blazer Lures have signed on for another year with Fishraider. Please welcome back Peter from SCENT BLAZER LURES and Mike Clarkson and Damian from REEF MAGIC CHARTERS. Fishraider is happy to have premium advertisers on our forums and please support these businesses that support our great forum. Regards The Fishraider Administration
I just had to write a post about what a great job Reef Magic Charters did for me last weekend. Some of you know, while in Sydney on business I was looking to book a Tuna charter. Got lucky and the yellow fin arrived around Sydney just in time. For any visitors or even locals looking for a charter,, Reef Magic is truly a first class operation! I wanted to thank Damo, and especially Dave the deckie, for a great day. Dave the deckie was very patient answering a ton of questions not just for me but everyone on the charter. It was a great day and a fun learning experience for me. Honestly I was a little skeptical because they are a sight sponsor, but I see they were selected as a sponsor because of the quality of operation. You can't go wrong with these guys if you are looking for a charter service in the future. Here's one of the yellowfin we got that day (not me in this picture)!