Pongrass18ft

Port Hacking long overdue trip

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Hi Raiders

It's been a while so just thought I'd put in a report on my last Wednesday's trip to the Hacking.

Fished Bate Bay early morning and was happy with anything really as haven't been able to get out in a while due to work commitments.

Tried all different reef areas in the bay on the drift and found it was very quiet until around lunchtime where I started my berley trail in the northern side of the bay.  Anchored up in 60ft of water.  It was a nice feeling pulling up fish (haven't done that in a while).  From 12.30pm to 2.30pm I was able to bring up some Trevally, Snapper, Black Spotted Goat Fish (which is a first for me), Flathead and a few squid and the usual reefies.  The finishing touch to the day was having a very large Macko come up to the boat which I got him on the heavy gear with a floating pillie soaked in tuna oil which gave me awesome fun and then released him boat side.

Only used Pilchard for bait.  Was a great day out.

As us Greek's will say "to barbouni irthe spiti".

Sorry, only have pictures of the goat fish as fishing took over that day. 

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Guest stephanb79

Nice good job feels good when u haven't been out in ages .. 

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A good sized goatfish there Chris, and the mako would have been some fun. Had a few of them cruise up to the boat over the years, not too far off the shore line.

Dave.

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Guest hawkesbass

Very nice.

Good to see you out and about.

 

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Well done Chris, sounds like a great day out.

I don't see a baitfishing record for Goatfish? Only lure at 30cm.

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On ‎12‎/‎16‎/‎2016 at 7:32 PM, stephanb79 said:

Nice good job feels good when u haven't been out in ages .. 

Thanks Stephan.  Can count my fishing trips this year on my left hand. It's great to be out on the water fishing.

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On ‎12‎/‎16‎/‎2016 at 7:51 PM, blackfish angler said:

Well done nice report looks like you got some fine fish

The fish was very tasty compared to eating from the fish shops.  Kids made a short way of the Trevally, they love it cut as sushimi.

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On ‎12‎/‎16‎/‎2016 at 8:29 PM, Blackfish said:

Thats a fair Goaty there, nice one.

I've never seen one that size, it was nice to bring it in.  Tasted great too, baked in the oven.

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18 hours ago, Yowie said:

A good sized goatfish there Chris, and the mako would have been some fun. Had a few of them cruise up to the boat over the years, not too far off the shore line.

Dave.

Hi Dave

Been a workaholic in 2016, can't complain though.  The Goat fish was an amazing site to see in the water, it's equal to the red gurnards which I have let go every time I have caught them but this poor goaty had to come home as I was well over buying fish.

The Macko was a beauty, you never know when they are going to pop up and not far from my boat was a man paddling a kayak.

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18 hours ago, hawkesbass said:

Very nice.

Good to see you out and about.

 

Thanks.  You know me when there's no work (which isn't often) I'm out on the water.  The Chrissy break will be good.

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18 hours ago, Ryder said:

Well done Chris, sounds like a great day out.

I don't see a baitfishing record for Goatfish? Only lure at 30cm.

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for that.  I'll add it to the fishraider record.  Sounds good.

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Well done mate, persistence paid off big time. Great report and picture too. However, you need to make and keep a New Years Resolution. "I will make more time for fishing". Too late when you can't do it any more. Cheers,BN

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On ‎12‎/‎18‎/‎2016 at 8:17 AM, big Neil said:

Well done mate, persistence paid off big time. Great report and picture too. However, you need to make and keep a New Years Resolution. "I will make more time for fishing". Too late when you can't do it any more. Cheers,BN

Hi Neil

Tried hard but not happening.  I feel the pain.  Can't complain though, self employed and work is keeping me busy.

Chris

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50 minutes ago, Blackfish said:

Thats a worthy Catch of the Month Pongrass.

I know but doesn't meet the requirements.  For me though, it was a tasty catch of the year :)  Family feast on it's own.

Can't wait to get out there again.

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1 hour ago, Pongrass18ft said:

Hi Neil

Tried hard but not happening.  I feel the pain.  Can't complain though, self employed and work is keeping me busy.

Chris

As long as you're happy with your circumstances Chris, life's good. Being retired I get to go fishing as often as I want. Like you I love it. Cheers mate have a relaxing break if you get one. BN

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well done Chris, great to catch up again for a beer and last nights prawning was amazing, froze my ball bearing off. 

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