First day of fishing for 2012 – yellowfin tuna, big Spaniards and of course a 38kg GT to kick off the year!

Glanville:- Back out and in the game for the first charter of the season, and what a way to start, weather conditions at a pleasant 10-15knts, we loaded our boat and set off our day plan which got interrupted immediately by a shoal of yellowfin…an interesting species to find at Bugatti but we got stuck into them on the light gear, after a short session on the tuna we headed in search of some GTs, all the guys who are on the trip are from Brazil and haven’t done much GT fishing, so starting off with the first GT for the season and first for the day with a fish of around 38kg was something to be celebrated, Julian was so excited he could barely talk and was shaking so much he could barely hold the fish!!! Its really is awesome to see a guest appreciate a fish so much and it makes the day a whole new experience. We had a cracker day from there and it took all of 15 min to get back into GT hunting mode we had numerous fish hooked up and managed to boat 13 GTs a few solid fish and we also managed to get the hooks to stick in a solid 25kg flying Spaniard, which got the excitement on the boat to something incredible the guys were shouting like kids at a Christmas party. They’re obviously not used to peacock bass jumping so high. Looking forward to another day tomorrow and with the forecast that we’re looking at its sure to be a cracker week of fishing.   Peter:   Its hard to explain how good it is to be back out on the water for the new years season. We started of with some awesome weather to put the icing on the cake. The fishing has been as good as it always has been in the past with pleanty of GTs showing up where you would expect them to be. Which makes me more excited about what the rest of the year has install for us out here. The guys we have on are all from Brazil and haven’t done much GT fishing in the past so every fish brought to the boat is a celebration which makes the fishing more exiting. We managed to capture 9 good size GTs for the day and saw plenty more to make the day fly without a dull moment. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings our way I’m frothing!!! Alex- Cruising around in perfect weather with a tricked up Red Dragon, life is good. The fishing was great today a mixed bag with action all day. It started with pulling the hooks on a nice GT first cast and from there the action kept coming. The fish have been a bit weird though, with massive tides they are holding in little nooks and crannies out of the main current but its good to chase some different spots and keep puzzling until the nibbles come. We got a few GTs early on, first GTs for my guys today who have come all the way from Brazil, even with no communication you can tell when someone is stoked with their first GT.  My Brazilian team then smashed some light tackle, going to town on the trout and red throat and finishing with a flurry of bludgers and gold spots until the call was made to go and find some more GTs. The afternoon was carnage, every little bommie had fish on them and while we did not convert many the takes were insane. One crazy moment was a nice yellowfin taking the popper, getting sharked then a pack of GTs mauling the head of the Tuna. We ended up with 8 GTs, and found a patch of yellowfin on the drive home and had multi hook-ups for a while. Its strange to see so many yellowfin out here but they are a welcome change from the finicky longtails and other little critters that play mind games under the birds. John-  Back on the water at a familiar location for the new season was a treat, with the weather playing nice and the guys keen to get into some action, first up we had a bust off from a really nice fish that didn’t play nice going straight to the nearest bombie and adding another lure to its collection, good to know some things haven’t changed from last year!! After fishing the main channel and picking up few nibbles and a small GT we found a spot where the current was running over 3 nice bombies and looked the goods, now I remember last year we hooked one here and called it as a monster before it beat us up, well it seems he is still living here and now has another popper to the collection right on cue,  we did 7 passes on these bombies for 6 fish between 22 and 30kg to go along with 3 bust offs from really cranky fish, to go along with this we had some insane yellowfin action with a dozen jelly bean size tuna coming onboard with a couple becoming entrée, its great to be back on the water and great to see a group that appreciate every single fish they catch !!

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