My crew for the day was my good mate John and his son Dan and nephew Adam, up for the weekend from Brisbane. Being a big believer in always keeping an ace up my sleeve, I took the opportunity to jig up some live bait from the northern Middle Reef channel marker just as the sun was appearing over the horizon. We managed about a dozen large greenback herring and would have been hot on Ward’s tail a littler sooner, had the hooks on the bait jig been a little blunter and hadn’t penetrated all the way through my shirt! Thanks to John’s expertise with a pair of pliers, the culprits were carefully removed and we on our way.
Unfortunately there were no Spaniards around, but the next couple of hours still produced plenty of grunting and groaning from the lads as they landed some good nannies and a few other species to top off a hot session.
For those of you who are like myself and want some specifics, the larger nannies came on the bite immediately after the turn of the tide. Best baits were whole pilchards, squid and live greenback herring. The school mackerel were all taken a couple of feet off the bottom and came on the bite as the tidal run picked up, about 2 hrs after the turn of the tide. All of the macks were taken on a 45g Bumpa Bar in green – absolute killer lure on the larger doggies. Due to the CRFF Closure, all nannies were released.
All up a fantastic day catching fish and catching up with mates - and plenty of laughs as well.
Before I go I must thank Ward for providing us with so much entertainment while landing his northern bluefin tuna. Usually you would have to buy tickets to see such a show! Champion effort mate – and yes, I will help you build a new fly rod!