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We've had a pretty long run of poor conditions for crossing the local bar over the last few weeks, hence why I haven't been out to much. The last four trips now have been very similar with plenty of fish but none reaching the legal size limits. Had another day yesterday, clocking 127km on the water without a legal fish to bring home, though we did catch plenty of dolphin fish and kings again.

Out of frustration trying to get my youngest daughters boyfriend into a marlin we decided to head to the beach straight after a day in the boat. Ive learnt over the years what and where to target certain species in relation to moon phases and tides etc and things looked good to try for a shore shark.

Every cast resulted in either salmon or tailor.  We use both the salmon and tailor as bait, which can be a non stop supply even well into the night. One salmon went 73cm.

With the salmon and tailor are predators that tend to be more tuned into after dark hunting than day here. About 1hr after dark is time to move to wire if you intend holding onto these sharks but most of the time I stick with mono as I find battling some of the bigger sharks a pain on my back. But hey youngsters like playing tug of war so why not let them!!!!

The last couple of beach sessions there have been some very big sharks, so getting this small bronze whaler was fun without battling on to long. The fight was pretty quick as the young fella loaded the drag up pretty quick so the fight was over well under 10mins (closer to 5). It was pretty lively given it hadn't had a long fight and the hook removed and back in the water in around 30-40seconds (camera was ready before landing). 

Headed home for an early night ahead of another trip offshore where we delivered my eldest daughter her lunch who was skippering a game charter and forgot her food!!!!














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2 hours ago, Blackfish said:

Great photos again Jon.

Especially like the ones of your Daughter Skippering the boat and the Bird, Shy Albatross ???

Cheers mate, agree on the big bird :)

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