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Headed out early to the Hacking, in the deep a bit out from Lilli Pilli.

Fishing started off slow, then the flattie grabbed a fish bait on a handline. Put up a good fight. It had swallowed a pair of ganged hooks (not stainless hooks, but the easy rust type), so I cut the line and placed the fish into the esky with a bit of water. Placed it in upside down and it turned over very quickly. If a flattie is going to kick up it's toes, it will stay upside down. If it is healthy, it will flip over, which this one did. It swam inside the esky, so I picked it up for a photo, placed it into the water and it swam off strongly from my hands.

Yakkas were not about, but I did catch 5 fat pillies that I cut in half for 10 baits. These baits and squid strips were the go. The salted pillies only caught little reddies.

Pulled out 2 just legal reddies and a bream. Also caught and released a jewie and kingie, both around the 60 cm mark, and a salmon about 45cm. All on the handlines for finger burning fun.

Something grabbed a half pillie on the rod, and when I loaded up, there was some weight and power on the other end. Could not gain any line. It did feel more like a big ray than a fish. Took about 100 metres of line into the deeper water, stayed down near the bottom, but I felt some rubbing on the line from a rock and it was gone.

It was now bottom of the tide, so I moved to near the ballast heap and waded the flats with soft plastics. Not a flattie to be seen for an hour's wading. Plenty of whiting about, some maybe just over legal size, so headed for home.

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Nice flattie. The reddies a nice plate size.

I hope to get out there one day next week.

Your reports always encourage me to do even a short trip.

bruce

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That’s a fair lump of a flatty yowie! And kings and Jew on handlines, love it!!! Nice work! 

Cheers scratchie!!! 

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13 minutes ago, hookerbrucer said:

Nice flattie. The reddies a nice plate size.

I hope to get out there one day next week.

Your reports always encourage me to do even a short trip.

bruce

The fish are coming back, you just have to find them.

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1 minute ago, Scratchie said:

That’s a fair lump of a flatty yowie! And kings and Jew on handlines, love it!!! Nice work! 

Cheers scratchie!!! 

Thanks Scratchie. The flattie felt like a nice jew at first, then the head shakes gave it away.

Nothing like a bit of handline fishing to liven things up. The finger burn marks from last weeks oversized eagle ray have just healed up. :lol:

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Nice flattie Yowie. And good tip on if it stays upside down. 

 

Cheers

Rah

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Great session and some nice fish.....flatty looks fat and the reds look tasty!

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1 hour ago, Rah said:

Nice flattie Yowie. And good tip on if it stays upside down. 

 

Cheers

Rah

Thanks Rah

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1 minute ago, jenno64 said:

Great session and some nice fish.....flatty looks fat and the reds look tasty!

Thanks Rob. It was an interesting session. Just finished the reds as fillets, rather nice.

Dave.

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One thing I forgot to mention, was that the bottom reddie in the photo was missing some of the dorsal spikes. There was a thread recently about this.

It is hard to see in the photo, but the first couple of fins are present, then the next 6 or 7 cms are devoid of fins, then the rest of the fins are normal. A bit hard to say what caused the problem, but when I filleted the reddie, there was no apparent deformation of the internal bones.

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29 minutes ago, Yowie said:

One thing I forgot to mention, was that the bottom reddie in the photo was missing some of the dorsal spikes. There was a thread recently about this.

It is hard to see in the photo, but the first couple of fins are present, then the next 6 or 7 cms are devoid of fins, then the rest of the fins are normal. A bit hard to say what caused the problem, but when I filleted the reddie, there was no apparent deformation of the internal bones.

It was from the hard fight it put up on the hand line! :) 

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35 minutes ago, Yowie said:

One thing I forgot to mention, was that the bottom reddie in the photo was missing some of the dorsal spikes. There was a thread recently about this.

It is hard to see in the photo, but the first couple of fins are present, then the next 6 or 7 cms are devoid of fins, then the rest of the fins are normal. A bit hard to say what caused the problem, but when I filleted the reddie, there was no apparent deformation of the internal bones.

called saddleback syndrome?

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4 hours ago, Regan said:

called saddleback syndrome?

That was what was mentioned recently. Still tasted O.K.

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Just now, Yowie said:

Still tasted O.K.

yeah ok

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