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Hacking 41cm PB Whiting

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My mate was kind enough to pump some nippers for me yesterday, but due to the windy conditions we decided to put the fishing off until this morning. His father in law is over from Canada and is a pretty keen angler himself.

We hit the flats with an out going tide, normally we prefer to fish the incoming, but as Australia Day will see our favourite spot covered in revellers we thought we'd try something new.

I picked up a new rod yesterday specifically for flats fishing and was really keen to try it out. lox yoshi 1-3 7'6.

The nippers didn't fair too well over night and most of them had died. After about 20 mins with no action I decided to move up the bank a few meters to where I could see about 6-8 big whiting feeding on the bottom. I flicked the biggest nipper I had in the direction of the fish and was on.

Fishing 3lb flouro carbon straight through I really had to take my time. I lost a really big fish a few weeks ago and was determined not to make the same mistake twice.

As it slid into the net I let out a big hoot.... Pumped!

I stashed it in the live bag to carry on fishing, hoping to get a few more for a feed. The bait situation was not the best as all the other nippers were dead and too soft to use.

My mate and his father in law caught a few legals and threw them back.

At the end of the session, we put it on the lie detector and took a few snaps of my new 41cm PB, let it swim off to be caught another day.

Always great to score a PB on a new rod!

Happy Australia Day

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Nippers will keep well if placed in a large shallow container, water 1 to 2 cms deep.

I have a couple of lids from 50 litre plastic storage boxes. Place water in the indent on top of the lid, keep them in a cool place and the nippers swim about until the next day.

Very few die, but when placed into a deep bucket of water, most will die overnight. Not enough oxygen in the deep water.

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we keep them at work for 3-4 days just change water once a day and keep them cool also pick any dead ones out asap cause they will set the rest off

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Mate,

a 41cm whiting is Huge. Great to see the Hacking is still in such good nick. Used to play, fish and snorkel thereabouts 20 plus years ago.

Cheers

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Congrats on the PB and especially as you sighted the school and christened your new rod!

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What more could you ask for? Fishing with good company, Fish in sight, fish on the bite, new rod, PB whiting. And all on Australia Day. can't beat that. Well done Jet.

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Thanks for all the replies.

I've put my fish in for Catch of the Month, please take the time to vote for me.

Cheers.

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I dropped one that would've gone 45 today. Spewing.....

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I whitnessed jet buying whole Whiting from the local fish monger on Friday last week.... I predict he took one down to the flats and took a pic in hope of winning a competition....

he's desperate....

ha ha .... nice fish Jerky...

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Great stuff and congratulations on the PB :thumbup:

Good on you for the release too.

Keep up the great work.

Ian

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I whitnessed jet buying whole Whiting from the local fish monger on Friday last week.... I predict he took one down to the flats and took a pic in hope of winning a competition....

he's desperate....

ha ha .... nice fish Jerky...

Thanks for the taking the photo while I held the fish still mate. You're a champion...

Oh and thanks for pumping the nippers too. A true gentleman.

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