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Went for another little hop along the rocks today. Water was very clear and there was no swell to talk of, so I thought it may be a waste of time. Water looked 'fishy' to me though. You know how it is when you see water conditions and think that if you were a fish, that's where you would hang out and have lunch.

The rocks had loads of cabbage weed, so I picked a nice curly piece and baited the little #8 hook. Tossed it out and after 5 minutes the float smashed downwards. I lifted the rod and was connected to a nice luderick (luderick). They fight really hard, but generally cleanly. Washed him up the rocks in a little surge and he was mine. Re=baited and cast out to the same area for an immediate take. Beaudy, I thought. This one was feisty and I had him on the surface after a minute or two only to have him dive hard and deep, snapping the 6lb leader at the knot where it attached to the braid. After re-rigging it went quiet for a while and the N.E, kicked in. The surface chopped up and the water colour changed. Dinner bell rang and the fish came on. I landed 5 blackfish and then the bites became tentative. I dropped a few, after feeling the weight, and guess they were lightly lip hooked. Next cast saw the float drift out in the wash for nearly 30 or so metres and well over the sand. I was just about to reel in back to the reef, when the float slowly went down. Another tentative take, I figured, so I counted 5 seconds before lifting the rod tip. A bigger fish bent the rod and took off. A short run and the line went slack. I wound in and it took off agian. The fish was running towards me, which accounted for the slack line. I fish with a centre pin Avon reel, which has no drag apart from what you impart with your hand or finger. I got knuckle dusted by the rapidly spinning reel handles before the fish was held. I really doubted I would land this one as the sudden changes or direction and powerful runs really test the light line. Luckily the rod is a nice soft one designed for just this type of fight. Must have been around 5 minutes before I managed to wash him up, and he was mine. A nice fat Black Drummer of 42cm. These guys are not clean fighters like the luderick, and he had me in the weeds a few times before he was landed. Good fun. Seven fish in 2 hours - not bad. I kept 5 and let two go. Going to make tempura fish pieces tonight with a nice salad. I normally only keep two or three, but the pieces will not go to waste tonight.

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Went for another little hop along the rocks today. Water was very clear and there was no swell to talk of, so I thought it may be a waste of time. Water looked 'fishy' to me though. You know how it is when you see water conditions and think that if you were a fish, that's where you would hang out and have lunch.

The rocks had loads of cabbage weed, so I picked a nice curly piece and baited the little #8 hook. Tossed it out and after 5 minutes the float smashed downwards. I lifted the rod and was connected to a nice luderick (luderick). They fight really hard, but generally cleanly. Washed him up the rocks in a little surge and he was mine. Re=baited and cast out to the same area for an immediate take. Beaudy, I thought. This one was feisty and I had him on the surface after a minute or two only to have him dive hard and deep, snapping the 6lb leader at the knot where it attached to the braid. After re-rigging it went quiet for a while and the N.E, kicked in. The surface chopped up and the water colour changed. Dinner bell rang and the fish came on. I landed 5 blackfish and then the bites became tentative. I dropped a few, after feeling the weight, and guess they were lightly lip hooked. Next cast saw the float drift out in the wash for nearly 30 or so metres and well over the sand. I was just about to reel in back to the reef, when the float slowly went down. Another tentative take, I figured, so I counted 5 seconds before lifting the rod tip. A bigger fish bent the rod and took off. A short run and the line went slack. I wound in and it took off agian. The fish was running towards me, which accounted for the slack line. I fish with a centre pin Avon reel, which has no drag apart from what you impart with your hand or finger. I got knuckle dusted by the rapidly spinning reel handles before the fish was held. I really doubted I would land this one as the sudden changes or direction and powerful runs really test the light line. Luckily the rod is a nice soft one designed for just this type of fight. Must have been around 5 minutes before I managed to wash him up, and he was mine. A nice fat Black Drummer of 42cm. These guys are not clean fighters like the luderick, and he had me in the weeds a few times before he was landed. Good fun. Seven fish in 2 hours - not bad. I kept 5 and let two go. Going to make tempura fish pieces tonight with a nice salad. I normally only keep two or three, but the pieces will not go to waste tonight.

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well done

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