The catching of larger species of fish is always a little worse at this time of the year because the water becomes warm and the type of boats available in this area are not fast enough to get us out into deeper waters to find the biggies. However, getting into deeper water is not on the agenda anyway due to high winds and choppy seas. We like to keep comfortable.
Troy with his pompano catch.
The winds are starting to pick up now and that has been the biggest battle out there on the water. Good weather, but quite rough at times. With me fast becoming an old codger the waves have caught me out twice in one week and sent me reeling on my back with legs and arms akimbo. Not a pretty sight! Neither are the bruises on my back and arms.
The catches of the smaller varieties (1 to 6 pounds) is very abundant. Nice catches of semi big snapper and grouper, and, of course, pladang are being recorded. All of these varieties make for great pan frying or baking and in my opinion are better tasting than the larger fish.
Our photo’s show Troy Wheeler holding a nice pompano he landed and in the other picture he also caught the swordfish type on a lure whilst yours truly caught the barracuda, luckily on a small line rig but the hook had just caught the side of the mouth making it difficult for the fish to bite through the line. This was a great fight on light line and a very thin whippy rod. Allowing the fish some line occasionally was the order of the day.
So our itinerary is every fortnight on the second and fourth Saturday’s of the month, or any other day if you have enough people interested. I can get a boat organised within 48 hours. If anyone is interested give me (Mike) a call on 087 091 7565. Happy hooking!
Barracuda and swordfish.