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  1. Another fantastic Hairtail social this year attended by plenty of new and not so new fishraiders. The team of Donna ,me,Fiona and Stephen worked our fingers to the bone to make sure everything ran smoothly and even the weather on Saturday morning couldn't dampen our spirits. First to arrive were Rod and Jay and seeing they were there when I said I would go through all the rigs and catching hairtail they both got my undivided attention. We re-rigged all their reels which were on the low side so backing was added and braid put back on and plenty of gangs I had made on pre-rigged single strand with Reggie Rabbits stash of red glow stiks they were set. As the arvo moved on plenty of raiders signed on and it was great to catch up with old friends and new members alike,then it was time to hit the famous Scratchie hairtail spot ,well anywhere you liked in Jerusalem bay First to hook up was Scratchie and as I rounded the cape of good luck I spotted Scratchie and proceeded to do donuts around his boat for good luck...bye bye hairies Then it was on for young and old and I anchored right on top of Trout Stalker and Jeff and they pleaded with me to give them at least 5 mts but you all know what I said @### off ...plenty of sledging began and we all scored hairtail to get our great social underway with some fish and a few monsters were lost boatside including Harold whopper that busted him off on his 47ft Riveria,nice boat by the way Harold.The weather was very mild and we all enjoyed ourselves until it was time to go to bed and get ready for a big Saturday Night. Saturday dawned a bit overcast with a few showers but by the time it was hairy time again it was bright and sunny and I am pretty sure Ray Senior bought the sunshine with him and his very nice 22ft Trophy which I fished on Saturday night and Ray scored his very first hairtail.The young blokes aboard their Dad's boat didn't take long to start sledging either...yes that's you buggers Seamus and Gianni with their Dad Martin who was a very nice gent indeed. "How big is your hairtail Stewy?" and to Scratchie "have you caught any yet" as they started to pole the Hairtail one after the other and show all the professionals up...BLOODY KIDS the bite was red hot for a few hours and everyone caught hairtail except Pirate Pete (TideNknots) who indeed won the pirate flag for doing donuts around Ray and I on Saturday night ARHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.There was some sort of dealing going on behind the scenes with everyone asking who has the REDS and all going to Reggies boat to score a bag with red things in them(glow sticks) he had the only stash...big dealer..made a fortune. The fish were measured and there were clear winners and losers. The next morning all gathered for a fabulous feed prepared by Stevie and Fiona whilst Donna and I tallied the scores. The bloody kids had scooped the pool with Seamus bagging the biggest hairtail and his first of 1.25mts ..congratulations mate on taking out the social. The ladies division was taken out by Ruth with Laurie as skipper...nice catching up with you both again and her fish was 1.2mts The youngsters award went to Harold's son Jeremy with a nice 1.2 mt fish and his first as well. On the same boat as Seamus was Gianni with a very credible 1.17 fish as runner up and his first hairtail as well. Fantastic effort by all involved and congratulations to all the winners. Pete scored the pirate flag and is already planning revenge after taking the flag off of last years winner Luke(trout stalker). A few mentions go out to Luke who travelled all the way from Merimbula and the gang from Oberon ...James,Leanne and Brodie great effort from you all. Big thanks to Stephen and Fiona for all their awesome help from getting the food to cooking it all...it really means a lot. Last but not least Mrsswordie who is the guiding force behind all our Socials and the reason Fishraider is such a force to be reckoned with. Already planning for next July and I hope to see you all there with your winter woollies on. P.S the losers are all the ones who decided to go Bluefin fishing and caught bugger all instead of coming to the social Regards Stewy and Donna