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Met up with some friends this morning at penguin island for an kayak sailing trip out past the five fathom bank. There was a nice SSE wind which got us out to coventry reef in short order. I pulled up on the inside of the reef and just as I started to wind my trolled laser pro in to flick it into the white wash for tailer, it gets hit and screams off. After several super fast runs I get a glimpse of gold and then off it goes again. Eventually I get it alongside after a bit of yakyoga (was on the wrong side and kept darting under the outriggers). My first sharkie:

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I put it back as I thought they were supposed to taste very ammonia like -though just looked it up in the book and it got 3 stars!

We headed further out in search of tuna bust ups, though not birds, no bust ups and a cool 19 degree water temp. We met up about 10km offshore for tea, then I stuck on a 6m 150mm red head laser pro to see if I needed to fish deeper and got hit within one minute. Not massive, but dinner!
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Love cured bonnie with white wine vinegar, garlic, red onion and salt and pepper

More trolling for nowt and the SW came in and I headed back to Coventry - this guy hit the 1m chrome pink in the washes:

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and also went back as the bonnie was enough for dinner (though do quite like snook)

I then packed the rods up and put the 'pedal to the metal' - was hitting 16km at times and averaged about 12km/h back to pengos.

Was a great day out and good shake down for the coming pelagic season. Just a few more degrees warmer..... and the Spanish should arrive

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PostPosted: Nov 25th, '12, 21:41 
Nice fish Matt...


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Nice job Matt!...

Personally, I'd eat the Sharky over the Snook any day... the Snook meat tastes alright, but too many bones in them suckers. When I lived up North we'd catch the Sharkies all the time, you just need to bleed them as soon as they hit the deck, then gut and gill them a.s.a.p... occassionally one would have a very slight ammonia flavour, but not overpowering.

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Nice, looks like a fun day. Not sure I would want to be out that far in such a small craft, especially one that is not fast. I have been caught out in weather to many times in larger boats.

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Thanks - yeah will keep the next sharkie that comes along. The bonnie was enough for my wife and I for dinner.

The weather is pretty reliable here in WA in the summer - would not go out that far in winter. The biggest risk is going that far out and the wind dropping - its a long peddle/paddle home! Its generally better to sit it out if that happens - its never not-windy for long in WA in the summer, unless theres a big heat trough!

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The bonnie was enough for my wife and I for dinner.
I would imagine once the water temps pick up a coupla degree there’d be little chance of a nice little Bonnie like that coming home with you… rather he’d be a coupla metres under a balloon with a Come-a-gutsa occy circle (or two) hanging out of him!

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Wonderful pictures and really envious of the lifestyle BUT . . . I don't think I understood a word of the technical information supplied :funny1: :oops:

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