Bligh Reef 4th Oct 2012

Bligh delivers yet again!

Jason: The fans were still well on today so we decided to hang within a few miles of the mother ship. The day started with Brandon, Dom and Dermott casting stick baits and poppers to the edge of one of the main channels in between the reefs. Although the waves rolling in on the outside edge looked like we were at the billabong pro at pipeline the fish were still keen with Dom pulling the hooks on a nice GT first thing followed up by the boys managing to extract some sizeable trout from over the shallow edge! I noticed a heap of larger fish sitting deep under us on the drift so we decided to drop some large soft plastics down and it was onnnnn!! Double hook-ups on big Trout and some monster Flowery Cod for most of the morning and we even had a smaller Trout of about 3 kilos eaten by a monster Trout peeling a heap of line off before deciding to spit the poor little fella out. Dermott also hooked a monster Wrasse and did a great job of persuading the big blue shape into deep water only to have the hooks pull. As the day progressed we continued to add to the Trout tally and Dom managed a huge Flowery Cod that engulfed his stickbait. A few other Gold Spot Trevally and some Coronation Trout later we ventured over to the northern side of the channel as the tide stared running out to try for a few more GT. There were a few schools of fusies right on the edge that is always a good sign and shore enough the GT were keen and we managed to boat 2 nice fish with numerous others missing the poppers and stick baits. All in all for a very windy day we had a cracker!!!
Matt: Today saw us heading out into blustery conditions and a spray jacket was a must. First up I put Greg in with a chance of a GT and with a few good casts and trying to balance him self. He got smashed, it was hard to make out the smash from the white caps but after a torrid battle a Nice GT was boated. Leaving that spot we headed for the shallows where the two guys and a young 10yr old had a ball, they boated big Trout, Red Bass, Cod, Gold Spot Trevs, Barracuda and Emperor.  Nick: Looking for the dogs again today but with a slightly different approach we headed off with trolling gear. First turn onto the ledge our minnow took off like the wind! Taking a good 150m first run and then popping the 100lb braid. With the line under so much tension it would have only taken a shark to swim past it to cut us off. Re-rig and back out again and not five minutes later another big doggie smashed the newly rigged minnow only to be torn apart on the surface and leaving nothing left for pewter on the other end except his clean cut leader – this was our queue to leave. Casting some smaller stick baits like the stick shad 114 over the flats has been a productive way to add species to your list and peter managed to do that with a nice Maori Wrasse on the light gear and later on landing a flute fish on a plastic which would have gone 800mm easy! Johnny: A little blustery today but it was all good as the reefies where charging straight off the bat this morning. Nice Emperors, Red Bass and the odd Trout came along for a happy snap before one of the coolest fish in the ocean smashed the stickbait and a large Maori Sea Perch found its way into the boat. The very next cast we found ourselves connected to another Maori specimen this time a Wrasse though! Such a beautiful fish, the rest of the day we ticked away at the fish tally for a solid day in some trying conditions

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