10th of Sep. First RED! On the board.

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10th of Sep. First RED! On the board.

Post by STriplett1997 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:31 pm

G'day guys!

Been very itchy for awhile now. Itchy for Red. Constantly on my mind, checking weather apps and eyeing off days to hunt these red fish.

On the weekend, I noticed Tuesday looked really good. light SW breeze, Barometer continuing to rise from the day before to a high pressure of 1028. With the tides in the arvo lacking flow, i made the effort to launch at 4am and target the strongest tide of the day. Also absolutely buzzing to have my new Unit installed, ready to go. Lowrance HDS Live 7.

Launched at time planned, and motored straight up to the Boulton channel, armed with some frozen couta caught the week before. Not a huge fan of solely relying on frozen baits, but the tide was running too hard and it being dark still didn't help my case to get a tub full of freshies.

Having arrived at my planned area to fish, i started sounding for the first time. Running the traditional sonar and the Downscan together. -11 sensitivity on the traditional, and 68% on the down scan, bumping it up higher when i saw something that looked like snapper to me on the traditional. Sure enough after sounding for about 15, 20 minutes... i have two marks, on the bottom. Now... this being my first time marking them up, i wasn't completely sure. But i took a punt.
Marked the fish into the gps, and motored up current 40m, set the anchor and drifted back to the mark where my baits would be spread out ontop.
The sun had just cracked now, and the first arrival. Nod nod nod, bend, buckle zzz. To my surprise, a nice 4kg gummy. How good is that???
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Another hour went passed and the water finally began to slow (this was ideal as the barometer had just stabilised at 1028hpa. Great bite time. As soon as that happened, ZZZZZ.... buckled. Andrenaline kicking in now, no mistaking this one. This is a red. I had my heart in my mouth the whole fight, even knowing that it wasn't a huge fish. Missed this bad!!!! The head knocks and short zippy runs, just awesome stuff. Boat side, and into the net. A few screams of joy came after. 4.3kg, 75cm, a good start. Especially after 3 trips prior of donuts. But more than anything, im over the moon with my new unit, justified the $1400 thats for sure. They better look out for the rest of the season. ALL FISH took couta.
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The run in tide ended, and i motored out of Boultons in the entrance, and sounded the edges. Found some more marks!! Anchored and fished the tide, but being a slower tide i dont think it helped, and the barometer started to fall. No bite.

Cheers guys!



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Post by Mattblack » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:40 pm

Long time, no see! Thanks for a ripper report

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Post by Lightningx » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:59 pm

Really nice work Sam and good to see you back and your reports! I have a feeling it’s just the start of many more to come over the coming months :)
I too have been on the hunt early but so far has been 3 donut trips for me :rofl:
Hoping to maybe get in another trip tomorrow if all goes to plan.
Well done mate!
Cheers :thumbsup:

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Post by hornet » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:59 pm

Top effort stripo ! your going to killem again this year !

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Post by Nude up » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:07 pm

Nice pair. I can’t wait myself possibly next week

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Post by bowl » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:08 pm

Great read as always..



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Post by Sinsemilla » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:50 pm

Good work mate. Nice to get the monkey off your back early. Now to upgrade!

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Post by mazman » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:21 pm

Nice work sam, good red to open things up for the season
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Post by smile0784 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:30 pm

Nice way to start the season off
Well done mate

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Post by STriplett1997 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:45 pm

Lightningx wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Really nice work Sam and good to see you back and your reports! I have a feeling it’s just the start of many more to come over the coming months :)
I too have been on the hunt early but so far has been 3 donut trips for me :rofl:
Hoping to maybe get in another trip tomorrow if all goes to plan.
Well done mate!
Cheers :thumbsup:

I also share that same feeling mate... :rofl: i hope.
Where have you been fishing? WP or PPB?
thanks mate!



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