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Planned with a mate to go for an early morning snapper session. So after work, I packed my gear, and had a couple of hours of sleep before he picked my up at 4am. We launched from Parsley bay ramp at Brooklyn and we were ready to go by 5.30.

 

Anchored at west reef with the first light after a 30 minutes bumpy ride. Started our burley trail and had some snapper snatchers sitting at the bottom as well as some floating bait and were ready for the bites. All what we managed to get was some wrasse and reef fish off the bottom and some livies on the sabiki, so we moved to try a different spot however it wasn’t any better. After an hour or so, we decided to move closer to the headland in a try to find a calmer spot as our first 2 stops were uncomfortable in the small boat due to the 2m swell and the chop.

 

We moved to another spot and anchored for 30 minutes with no signs for the reds. However, the bait rig was being smashed by big slimies and yellow tail so we stocked some livies enough for the morning and moved to our next spot.

 

Losing hope on catching reds and having some live bait, we decided to troll for some time before anchoring at our last stop for the morning. Anchored again around Berrenjoey, in calmer water, and we had our bait in the water. Slow start with no bites until one of the floating pilchard rigs went off. A nice size salmon was our first keeper with more followers.

 

We managed to net 5 more salmon before the school disappeared from the sounder. Landed and released a couple of undersize snapper and a couple of port Jackson sharks. Lost a couple salmon and a monster lizard at the side of the boat while grabbing the net. Then we called it a day and we were back to the ramp by 12.30pm.

 

Although we had no luck with our target species and the weather was not ideal offshore, it was a good session overall that we enjoyed. At dinner time, I enjoyed a tasty fresh salmon along with some fresh shark steak that was caught on Friday’s night.

 

Apologies for not including a lot of photos in my post and for my limited story telling skills.

 

Tight lines all,

Ahmed

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Great report, good that you went home with a feed.

I also have not had great success at West reef! The best I have done there is after doing some heavy sounder work prior to anchoring up finding structure and what appeared to be a school of fish, even after that it was nothing special. 

I wonder if anyone has had a good session at west reef or have some tips for it?

 

 

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1 hour ago, rickmarlin62 said:

I hope you didnt eat the shark in your foto  its a port jackson and protected species

No I don’t eat them, the port Jacksons went back safe and sound.

On a side note, I believe Port Jackson is not on the protected species list. It’s more of an informal protection thing so nothing is legally wrong with taking them home & I know that some people do eat them. However, I love to see them swimming back.

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1 hour ago, rickmarlin62 said:

I hope you didnt eat the shark in your foto  its a port jackson and protected species

Can you validate your statement ? I can't see anything online about port Jackson's being a protected species. 

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I also can't see any information about Jacksons being protected. Maybe they used to be, but aren't now. Great report Ahmed, I'll look out for you if I get out there again. Tied up with work and football ATM

Whats the boat called? Looks like a Blue FG boat

cheers

 

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40 minutes ago, GoingFishing said:

Nice report Ahmed. Sounds like you had a great day out. Hopefully next time you will find your target species.

It’s always a bless to spend some time out there and enjoy the wonderful nature, especially in a good day with low traffic. A good catch is a welcomed bonus.

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38 minutes ago, antonywardle said:

I also can't see any information about Jacksons being protected. Maybe they used to be, but aren't now. Great report Ahmed, I'll look out for you if I get out there again. Tied up with work and football ATM

Whats the boat called? Looks like a Blue FG boat

cheers

 

Yes please do, it would be awesome.

That boat in the photo with the PJ is my mate’s, mine doesn’t have a name yet but it’s a yellow hull/white top Haines hunter 146.

 

Tied up with work as well, but I try to go out most weekends.

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Nothing wrong with your story telling Ahmed, great report. Although you didn’t get your target, you stuck at it & got a few as well as some dinner. Well done.

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1 hour ago, lakelad said:

Nice report, not a bad day out, salmon are a bit of fun and I enjoy them especially bled and cooked same day.

This is what we did, bled straight away and cooked same day. Was my first time to try them baked though, turned out very good.

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