Took the boat out again today with good mate Michael Pitkin from Alround fishing with Mickey
I had planned this trip a few days in advance. The weather was a bit drizzly but it hadn’t dampened our spirits.
The initial plan was to pepper the jetties next to the Cabbage Tree Boat ramp, however, I allowed Michael to take the lead. Slowly fishing our way towards the powerlines. Initially, it was a quiet start; we didn’t hook on to anything worthwhile for almost 2hrs. I broke the spell and hooked onto a massive 50+ flattie shortly after. Unfortunately, after a short fight, my 4lb couldn’t handle the abuse. Big flattie busted me off next to the boat. It had swallowed the lure deep down so the teeth were grinding on the leader fishing line. After two unsuccessful attempts by Michael to net it, it did one last run, busted me off, and left us both gawking in disbelief. All went quiet for the next hour or two including areas around the powerlines, with not much showing on the lowrance fish finder.
Around midday, I made the call to again head out to the Pin. Arriving at my usual haunt at Crusoe Island we skipped soft plastics off the bank into the deeper gutters. Michael was first to hook and land a huge flattie, his PB measuring in at 74cm. After a quick measure, a few happy snaps we release it to breed.
I was next, hooking onto a solid 61cm flattie, again right up in the mangroves. We had noticed it was king tides. The flatties were high up in the bank despite their massive size. Noting this we concentrated our efforts high up in the shallows. Half an hour later Michael landed yet another one, again high in the shallows. It measured in at 63.5cm to the fork.
We finished up as agreed at 2:30 pm. I had made a pac with Michael that it was a friendly competition between him and me. Looser walks the plank (jumps in fully clothed). Unfortunately, I lost. The water was cold but do the talk do the walk! I jumped in to wash off my bad luck for the day. Awesome day out fishing with my long time mate and beautiful weather to make it all worthwhile