Marion Reef 22nd Aug

Daily Report: Wednesday 22/08/2012  Clint: The weather settled today and we were able to spread our wings so I headed to the wild west. We trolled for most of the day and the doggies were really on the chew we ended up with double figures the biggest going 25+kg. We also managed to snag some good wahoo and got and lost a heap of doggies on the jigs that smoked us to the bottom. The weather is gett…
ing better by the minute. Should be another good day tomorrow.  Peter: Woke up this morning to some reasonable weather. I had the fly guys with me today and the main target was a Doggie. We managed to find some awesome soundings and the first 2 dredges saw fish but unfortunately with a couple of minor issues we lost both. We managed to get 5 solid hook ups on dogs and finally managed to boat 1 after a few heads and misfortunes. Other species caught today were trout and a huge striped tuna. Great day out on the water today!!! Nick: With GTs on the brain today we were not going to stop casting all day! Jim and Phil were armed with their GT outfits and ready for anything. The mothership was also moving north today so we headed north and managed to head to the outside of the reef for the first time since the day we flew in as the swell had dropped somewhat. Casting our way up the outside edge we managed to see the odd fish come out to investigate and then a good fish came up and we managed to make him stick. A healthy 35kilo GT was the perfect way to christen Jim’s new rod! Shortly after that Phil managed to land a nice big eye trevalley which managed to beat a couple of GTs to the lure. After lunch we still managed to see the odd GT here and there but they were starting to thin out. Phil manage to coax a 10 kilo doggie to smash his popper which came to the boat with no hesitation as you would with packs of sharks after you. On the way home we ran across a free jumping sailfish which when we stopped the boat and started throwing stickbaits at it, rushed in and grabbed Jim’s stickbait but failed to hook up. Was really good to have a break in the weather. John:- Today we went chasing isolated bombies , with the lagoon studded with pinnacles rising from 50 meters we trolled our way around like a pinball machine with a nice doggie of 18kg the first victim, after a heap of bites and hook-ups we finally managed to land a nice yellowfin followed by a monster from the deep destroying us in 50m. A little bit of casting saw a red bass come to the boat for a happy snap before a quick troll for a sailfish to finish the day proved unsuccessful.

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