Watching Andy's technique yesterday underlines just why he's won the AKFF fishing comp 2 years in a row.
It was like a LeMans start, and at first seemed unnecessarily urgent.
However, after watching his method and seeing the fruit of his efforts, I could see the reasoning.
I'd been using 6o circle octopus hooks and apart from 2 good sized sambos, I wasn't in the race.
The style of hook and its weight was all it took to get me back in the action though.
And after several hours of persevering, Andy kindly helped me out with one of his rigs.
Within minutes, I was onto a keeper, and it was in the kayak.
Then whilst being distracted by some guys on the jetty asking questions about the kayaks, it was just enough time for my eyes to be taken off the ball.
Suddenly I was on again and it was as big a snapper as I've ever caught(it felt 75cm++). Peddling solidly, I took the fish out to clearer water, far enough away from the jetty, I thought.
Then I changed my rod to the other side to better manage the fish and during that time it must have realized it could turn its head.
The delightful sound that we long for as the drag screams, came next, however, it is a little concerning when jetty pylons are only 25 feet away.
All it took was 3 seconds and I was smoked.
Lesson.... when you are on, go like the clappers, until you are well clear to deal with what may turn out to be a bigger fish than at first thought.
Many thanks for the tips Andy.
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous