Hit the river this morning at 7am to catch the middle of the run out with a few livies in search of a jew or flatty. Once I was set up I realised I left my lifejacket at home 😢 and after watching the previous night's news and realising the river would be full of cops on jetskis and maritime boats, I decided to ask one of the waterfront owners to borrow one for the day, which worked out well, thanks Rocky!
Dropped my poddy trap in and prospected with a blade and a diver over the flats but things were pretty quiet. Came back to check the trap and found a few nice 120mm poddies and a few smaller ones so it was out to the spot and down with the baits. First drift saw one of the rods get some attention with some nervous twitches and the first bait had been kidnapped.
Next drift saw a good bend in the rod and I was on with some good head shakes. Soon after a very fit and long flatty slipped into the net but a vertical launch and death roll somehow "high sticked" my rod and it was RIP T-Curve😱, this rod had accounted for some very good fish over the past 5 years including my metre jew a few weeks ago! I managed to lip grip the girl and slide her onto the hull of the yak before pedalling over for a release video.
On the lie detector she just tipped 80cm and I slipped her back into the water for a nice release, including a bit of acrobatics through a branch in the water.
Had another drift and a large poddie was mauled by what I think was a jew that grabbed it tentatively and let go leaving a crush mark and a fair few scales missing.
The big westerly hit about midday and it was time to pack it in. Now for some rod shopping.😏