Scratchie

Port Stephens-Snapper Fishraider record

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G’day raiders, 

Well all I can say is yewwwww!!!

As most of you know, I enjoy a bit of snapper fishing. Haha! So today, I planned to head out with Son no1 and hit Broughton for some snapper! Today is my only day off before 7 days of work, then holidays. So we were going rain, hail or shine! 

Left little beach at 445 and arrive at the sisters at first light. A strong southerly swell was getting up and a moderate westerly wind set our drift. First drift I land a nice 55cm snaps but that was it. Couple more drifts, donuts! Then we headed to north rock and my son comes up tight. A nice 50cm model to add to the esky! After that nothing!!! Probably put another 100-150 casts on many drifts for not a touch! Time to move! Went to an area with a bit more turbulent water for two drifts and 50 casts nothing! I said to the boy, one more long drift and we are out of here! 

By this stage, he had pretty much given up and let his sp drift behind the boat but I kept casting. Knowing we were soon going to hit the wall where I’d seen the bait pushed up before. One long cast and I let it waft, next minute bang, this thing hits it with so much force that I nearly lost the rod but then pops off! Devastated I wind in the slack and give it a twitch. Then boy did I load up! Zzzzzzzzzzz this first run was probably 100m plus and heading for structure! Those that have fished with me know that I set a tight drag but this fish didn’t care. So much so that I thought it was a shark until I felt telltale tail beats! Good fish good fish I call to the boy! I played this fish out for a good 15 minutes and then we get sight of it! OMG, it’s huge! Very calmly and collectively we worked together and got it in the net! Then in the boat and I’m sure you Sydney folk heard our cheers! 

My pb anyway and 95cm of soft plastics caught Broughton Island snapper! Yewwwww! After that we decided to call it a day and headed for Home! It’s amazing how one turn of a reel can change your day and to never have a defeatist attitude! 

Well that’s my day and record I’ve wanted for ages! Goal met! 

Location: Broughton Island 

Gear: shimano ultegra 4000 Sahara 7,2 4-7kg rod, 20lb power pro braid, 20lb black magic fc leader, nitro tt 1/4 5/0xh jig and 7inch camp pearl gulp

Time: 9:30am

Tide: falling mid 

swell & wind: 1.4m south and 10knot wsw

cheers scratchie!!! 748325BA-467D-4B2B-9D50-918CC3E1F47C.thumb.jpeg.d9f35195977c856ade5646767e5dcbe5.jpegE343C181-A576-455E-BD47-D50F3CA40CCE.thumb.jpeg.242f4bd262f902bf4c2e07e449aa47b4.jpeg

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Smashed

It

Out

Of

The

Park!

Great fish, Jeff!! Well done!

You’ve changed from the coconut ice Zmans, haven’t you!

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Looks like the one i dropped fri arvo  didnt have a hook in its mouth jeff??  Nice fish  did u weigh it by chance  rick

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4 hours ago, zmk1962 said:

WOW ! .... you smashed that one @Scratchie ! 

Congratulations !

Zoran

 

Thank you! Just shows, never give up! 

4 hours ago, Noo2OzFish said:

Nice fish mate!!

Cheers 

3 hours ago, antonywardle said:

smashed it! 

I'm coming up next month. We'll have to catch up again 

For sure mate! Let’s hope we can work something out! 

3 hours ago, nipper said:

Great Fish Scratchie, well deserved

 

Thank you! 

3 hours ago, Penguin said:

WOW what a beast.

Yewwwwww

3 hours ago, GoingFishing said:

BEAST SNAPPER mate.....well done.

You sure have that species worked out Scratchie.

Not sure about that Sam! I’m just more stubborn ?

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3 hours ago, Berleyguts said:

Smashed

It

Out

Of

The

Park!

Great fish, Jeff!! Well done!

You’ve changed from the coconut ice Zmans, haven’t you!

Thanks baz! Yes mate, always change with the seasons. Right now, natural colours work better. When the cuttlefish are around, the whites and coconut ice sps are the go. We are just lucky we have a year round snapper fishery up here! 

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3 hours ago, rickmarlin62 said:

Looks like the one i dropped fri arvo  didnt have a hook in its mouth jeff??  Nice fish  did u weigh it by chance  rick

The only hook in it was mine mate! Lol.... I went looking for yours! 

Yeah, pretty skinny fish just under 8kg. 

A bit of info for you, the last spot you fished, between you and where I was a young gun fisho pulled a 93 & 89 last Saturday. Both them skinny too. Must be fattening up for spawn season! So the big ones are out there! 

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9 minutes ago, blaxland said:

Awesome I want one

 

10,000 casts later!!! 

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7 minutes ago, wazatherfisherman said:

Awesome fish! You'll have to get a bigger esky!

Haha, don’t see me replicating that anytime soon! 

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7 hours ago, Scratchie said:

 

As most of you know, I enjoy a bit of snapper fishing.

 

 

No shit Scratchie.  :lol::lol::lol:

Congratulations on a great fish.

 

7 hours ago, Scratchie said:

 

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10 minutes ago, Yowie said:

 

 

Thanks yowie! I thought you’d like that statement ?

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Congratulations on the quality Snapper Jeff. Top report of the capture too. Now you have a new target to beat. Good luck mate, bn

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13 hours ago, Scratchie said:

Thanks baz! Yes mate, always change with the seasons. Right now, natural colours work better. When the cuttlefish are around, the whites and coconut ice sps are the go. We are just lucky we have a year round snapper fishery up here! 

Lol. I’m loaded up with whites, pinks and bright colours... looks like I’m going lure shopping again! ?

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