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James Clain

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  1. Excellent report Dave, great job getting the guests on some fish and teaching them about aussie bush!
  2. Can confirm, I have caught numerous mullet on lures, not jag hooked (actually fully swallowed a lure). Always when they are running and really schooled up so they are fired enough to actually hit the lure. Got this one last July at Evans Head on a double clutch rolled through a massive school of them - Filmed this vid at Nambucca a couple years back -
  3. Thank you for the nice words Zoran, His new boat is certainly very nice!
  4. Awesome Stuff @Pickles, some cracker photos!
  5. Thank you @Larkin, definitely an arm burner as far as endurance goes.
  6. G'day Raiders, On Sunday I got to go out with my uncle on his beautiful new boat for another shot at a Sydney Marlin out of the Hawkesbury. We have been on 2 trips already this year. In the first session, (early January) I got onto what we believe was a nice Blue Marlin early on in the session. It attacked the short corner rod and took a blistering run backwards and then sidewards around the boat. Something gave way in the wind on leader. Probably to do with bow in the line. In late January we had another crack but packed up after an hour of trolling as the conditions were awful, even in the 42 footer. I have never caught a marlin and with the plan to head out on Sunday I was extremely excited to try and get onto and land my first one!!! So, we headed out on Sunday morning with my mate Trent and one of my uncles mates hoping to get onto another big one (and land it this time). We left at around 7am and headed out east of the bait station to troll some skirts over the shelf. After letting the first rod out we had a take from a small 40cm mac tuna. This was a great sign that the bait was around and we quickly got the spread out and began trolling. After an hour or so of trolling we spotted a massive splash over the left rigger skirt far behind the boat and the reel started screaming, it was a marlin. Unfortunately this hookup pulled through and we were off. After resetting the spread we trolled for another 45 minutes and then the right rigger went off with a huge splash. My mate Trent picked up the rod to fight the fish right as the left rigger started screaming. Double Hookup!!! As I picked this rod up Trents one unfortunately pulled through but it wasn't over as my fish took a blistering run with some incredible acrobatics. Shortly after my line went completely slack after trying to wind the slack we believed it had pulled hooks however just as I had given up the rod loaded up again with another blistering run, it was still pinned!! This fish continued to make run after run with lots of incredible acrobatics before diving down and putting the hurt on. As someone who competes in powerlifting I still had my work cut out for me at this point as the endurance required to maintain pressure even on 15kg tackle was surprising. After 15 minutes I was begging to clip the harness in 😂. The fight continued for another hour. I got to the leader line approximately 10 times and each time the fish took another run away from the boat diving down deep. Finally the fish surfaced as a fantastic looking Striped Marlin. My mate Trent had his work cutout for him trying to leader his first big fish. We managed to get a couple nice shots before the fish unfortunately shook its head and spat the hook before we could get a solid grip on the bill. A shame to miss out on my own selfie with it but I am glad that it swam away strong as a result, definitely a caught fish as we did get to touch it briefly. After the fight my shirt was completely drenched with sweat and I was knackered. We trolled around for a few more hours before heading back! Please enjoy these Photos and my Youtube video showcasing the fantastic GoPro footage!
  7. For this years Penrith Panthers Fishfest competition my buddy Trent and I decided to target jewfish. Last year was spent spending an entire evening sitting on the beach at Wisemans ferry without a single bite. This year with the help of my boat we headed down to Spencer to try and get better results. We launched the boat around 7pm and stayed out until 12:30 this allowed us to fish a significant part of the high tide change out in the middle of the river. We used a 4 rod spread, 2 light rods (8lb line 1/0 circle hook) running small Hawkesbury prawns and 2 heavy rods (20lb and 50lb) running squid and butterflied tailor on double snell rigs. Early on we managed a couple small jewfish and a couple small flatties. As the night progressed with the full moon beaming down on us we managed to land 5 quality jewfish. All of these fish were caught on the light rods. Among pike eel and stingray bi-catch we also lost a number of good fish to hooks pulling and being sawn off by what we think were sharks. Trents biggest went 73 centimetres and my biggest went 70cm. Please enjoy these photos and the youtube video linked below! The youtube video showcases some of the incredible action we had! Ps: Trent won biggest jewfish of the com p!! - Tight lines
  8. Fantastic report and great hookup video!! What a great read and viewing.
  9. Well done @big Neil and @Blackfish. Some nice fish there and great raider camaraderie as Bob put it.
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