At the outset of this post, if moderators feel inclined to strike this one out, I will understand......
A beautiful morning, had a nice lay in, and did not get out of bed 'till ten past four, had planned to be up and about much earlier. The wind and wave forecase for the Redcliffe area, had been looking as though, it would be workable, but the wind measurements went on the blink sometime yesterday, so there was some guesswork.
All went well, and I was on the water a little after sunrise, the morning was an absolute honey. Just a bit of a breeze, the water 26. 8, and I was feeling lucky!
I set off to the the area, where I have had some luck before, where i got some nice snapper last year. Trolling as usual a hard body lure, but there were no takers after half a dozen or so passes about the area.
I started to mess around with the GPS, ready to head off towards a place where some spotty mackeral sometime present themselves, and something grabbed the stationary lure, and started hauling off some serious line, not real fast, but with plenty of power. The fight was on, and I could tell I was getting the upper hand, any minute there will be colour......and then...it broke the surface, ....a bloody great turtle.
Oh no! what the hell can I do with this poor bastard? I would estimate that he would have weighed as much as me....but there again, I have never lifted a turtle off the ground. It submerged and that was the last I saw of it. The dilemma is....what now, what the hell can I do. If I struggle to bring it yak side, I still have no hope of getting the hook out ( I did not see where it was hooked when it surfaced) but I imagine the hook would be in its mouth being as it scoffed the lure as it floated, and was not jagged whilst trolling. I ended up cutting the line giving him as little as possible to tow around, and I just hope he can spit the hook. At least, I was not using trebles, I guess that improves his chances somewhat.
No fish for me this trip,
Cons. No fish
Pros. Weather was great. My gear stood up to the load, without failing.
There it is..... cheers all Andybear
Hobie Adventure Island (Yellah)
Colorado 400C Humminbird 383c
PB Bream 40cm Estuary Cod 63cm
Snapper 71cm Tailor 37cm
When in trouble, delegate, when in doubt mumble