After reading and researching about longtail tuna in Port Stephens I decided to give them a crack and see if i could catch my very first longtail. After sourcing some slimies at the heads headed to where i thought they might show up. Needless to say locating them was very easy with information out on the internet but seeing them bust up all around you for hours and not get a hook up was very frustrating, due to the fact they were chasing very small bait fish.
But persistence paid off as the rod buckled over and after a couple of nice 30m runs and about 10mins of back/arm breaking circling under the boat I finally manged to get it onto the deck. Its measured 107cm to the fork. High fives every where
After burning my arms out decided to do some more laid back fishing and chase some Jewfish on the tide change. Dropped the livies down and 20mins in the rod bend over and after 10mins on 20lbs trace pulled up this jewie just shy of a meter. Couldn't believe my luck. Fishing its a funny thing....many days for doughnuts but its day like these that make it well worth it