The creek is frustating. Tons of undersized flatties and toadfish. The beach was similarly frustating. We didn't get to fish Mangrove Ck (west) or Baffle Creek (south), but I've heard they can be great. What we did feast on was a large mangrove jack from the rocks at Round Hill Head, which my mate speared in 4 metres of water.
On the last day at dawn I went to try rock fishing . A very keen guy was already there, and had caught livies. He sent one out on a balloon and 5 minutes later it was hit by a fairly big spanyid. After the first few runs he asked me to grab a 13' gaff and have it ready for when he brought it close to the rocks.
I was about to strike it as it lay on it's side when a monster fish with a cavernous gob came up from below and lunged at the hapless spanyid.
"What was that!" I yelled. It was huge....at least 5' long.
"A cod", he replied. The spanyid suddenly found some energy and took off at high speed (as you would, if you were about to be eaten alive).... of course I missed the gaff shot.
"We'll try again", he said, "but this time be ready". "Ready".
After wearing it out once again the fisho brought it in, with me ready for the gaff strike. Once again the 60 cm wide mouth powered up from the depths and tried to swallow the spanyid. I missed the gaff shot again as it took off, but not so far this time as it was really spent. Suddenly there was a large fin and a tail and in an explosion of spray a huge shark devoured the spanyid.
After all that I asked him about the cod. "Estuary cod - relative of the groper, reaching 500 lbs. This one is about 400 lbs."
"How do you know all this?"
"I'm a marine biologist with CSIRO, specializing in large fish, particularly pelagics. I just happen to like catching them as well."
So take some heavy gear Scott, and hang on!
Whaler 1.5 m; Tailor 65 cm; Bream 43 cm; Snapper 85 cm; Flathead 98 cm; Estuary cod 55cm; Spotted mackeral 85 cm; Papuan trevally 100 cm & 20 kg; Barracuda 100 cm; Spanish 77 cm; Sting ray got me 175 cm
Life without any risks is not worth living. (quote 'goanywhere')