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NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:23 pm

After a tense week of watching the whether change a dozen times from good to bad and back again - we were in luck with a late afternoon break in the rain.

Our luck was even better when we only encountered two boats on our trip out to the bay, plus enjoyed a couple of tailor on the troll out. All moorings were empty on arrival so we all claimed our spots and started the burley going.

It didn't take very long after dark for mysterious bite off's and the frustrating hook up and lose fish began. Jim scored early, whilst Johnny was generating sonic booms that echoed off the cliffs and far up the creek, as he smashed the life out of some poor prehistoric beasties head whilst it rested on his kayak.

A very fun night with no rain, sporadic action - with almost everyone landing at least one hairtail, with a little by catch of sambo's, tailor and small soapies.

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Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:47 pm

For a night that held little promise weather wise, it was a very pleasant outing, and when you find your target species, it could only be called a success. Not the craziest action you'll ever see, but a steady trickle of hairies & bycatch made it well worthwhile.

Special mention for AJD who seemed to catch a dozen species, including his first hairtail - onya Al, you'll have to come again when it gets properly cold, & Jim, who had a blinder (but failed to supply kebabs).

My favourite moment had to be towing a conga line of 4 yaks, when we decided the action was all 100m Jimwards. Much hilarity ensued, & Steve's decided to buy a Hobie ;-) .

Can't believe there wasn't a drop of rain the whole evening. We weren't worthy, it shoulda pissed down (again). Next trip in a few weeks hopefully.

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:51 pm

This was just such a relaxing, fun mission for me. The frustration of dropping fish after fish after several seconds of mayhem (those hairy's can really pull hard) turned into cheerful resignation after a while but only after I landed a beauty that was probably 1.5m long. There were many highlights for me, the conga line was just hilarious as were the sphincter jokes and seeing Al bring bluewater fishing to the cowan with his sambo's and bonito. I got a poor photo of his enormous tailor (see below). I also cracked up when Paul announced he was being towed around by his live yakka, there was so little current and the water was just like a mirror Paul had hooked a hairy too early on but of the buttock kind, thank goodness that turned out ok. We both managed Tailor on the troll out but he wisely kept his for slab bait while I bridled mine up with an elastic which snapped when I peddled a tad too fast and released the fish before I reached the mark. johnny's bladder management technique got me through the night no sweat, I had so many layers on it would have been a real challenge to have to take a piss out there. It was funny to watch how fast Keza was towed around whenever he hooked up as his yak is so light. Man I have to thank Dave/sbd in particular who gave me directions to the place no less than 3 times, shared the good oil about how to rig up (baitmate rocks!) and shared my hipflask. It was all about sharing on the night after all and I was strangely gratified when everyone decided to mosey over and fish in my enourmous burley slick and we started squishing pilchards into the water with our bare hands to bring them on the bite.

Overall these opportunities to fish, joke around and even have a bit of sober conversation and reflection on the majesty of nature too are just so precious and thanks to all the fellas for a great night.

My postscript is also unforgettable.

I blew a tyre on my car as I entered the eastern distributor around 1am. The incident response team helped me replace it with the spare which wouldn't inflate. They then towed my trailer and my car to the nearest service station, the coles/hungry jacks opposite the Moore Park Supacentre. I waited there an hour for the NRMA towing contractor to arrive. He had no problem loading my car onto the flatbed but couldn't find a towball, then when he was told over the phone where to find the ball he couldn't find a socket wrench to put the towball onto the back of his truck for the kayak trailer. My shifting spanner was 1mm too small and the clayton's servo had no tools. We ended up using our hands and writhing around on the ground twisting the thing on by brute strength and lucky it held until I got home. The M5 was closed westwards too by the way so we took backstreets. At Mascot we turned right into a street with a level crossing and blow me down if the friggin red light didn't go on, the claxon sound and the boom drop in front of our noses. The towie lit up a ciggy as a freight train probably a km long meandered past. Finally we got to Airport drive and the towie took a right instead of a left and increasing the distance home by 20% compared to if he'd gone left as I'd suggested. Never mind, he was a nice bloke who did feel a bit chagrined and when he helped me push the trailer with my pilchard-slick covered kayak into my garage at 3:30am I gave him a tip. Oh I forgot to mention that every bloke on the incident response team as well as the towie wanted a good look at my 1.5m hairy and I even let them have a stroke of it too. My missus absolutely hammered me in the morning when I woke after 2 hrs sleep to take my eldest to Summer Hill by 7:30am, come home, take 2 of my other kids to school and then drive to work in Liverpool using her car. I then picked the kids up from school at 3pm, picked up my eldest after sport at Summer Hill at 5pm, took my daughter to ballet at 5:30pm, worked at home until now and wrote this post. I'm off for some shut eye now, when can we do it again!!!!!!

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the boys and their toys. My fishbag on the front is full of pillies for the slick

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bluewater Al

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johnny and paulb looking for hairy love as the fog rolls in

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Al's cracker tailor

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:09 pm

Great report gents!

If the weather holds out over the long weekend anyone keen for another soirée at the hairies?

Marty

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:50 pm

I'm amazed that the rain stopped and the sky cleared just as we were rigging up. The Cowan must be a negative parrallel universe. Last time it was predicted to be fine and we had a mini tornado trash North Turramurra.
The hairtail kept to the script this year waiting until winter before making their appearance. Johnny cubed pilchards hard and brought up this silver python.
paulb wrote:Johnny was generating sonic booms that echoed off the cliffs and far up the creek, as he smashed the life out of some poor prehistoric beasties head whilst it rested on his kayak.

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Now this won't hurt. Trust me I'm a dentist.

The bites were timid. I pulled the hooks on a couple and caught a couple of smaller models. I fried them, coated them with caramelised sugar/ginger/garlic and braised them with leeks and rice wine vinegar. There were no left overs.
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Sorry about the dead fish shot.

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:08 pm

Great results... amazed the conditions look so good out there, the cloud cover must have helped keep you from freezing your bollocks off too!

Must say, I'm pretty impressed with some of the lighting on the yaks!!!!

Great stuff guys.

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:12 pm

Looks cold

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:17 pm

I did Gary's recipe too, ended up being one of the best five fish meals I've ever cooked. Very counterintuitive - who dumps sugar into cold oil, proceeds to make caramel, then throws in some (prefried) hairtail? From now on, I do.

No leftovers here either. Yummo.

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:25 pm

That recipie makes me want to go out now and catch another !!!!
Jim - that's a shocker of a trip home .

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:35 pm

Well done!

Lunatics!!

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:02 pm

I'll get some pics off the camera tomorrow but a nice 55cm tailor on the way out was a good start to the trip, shame I did get the jew that was following him as it was at least 3 x as long.
My hairy session started by having my 27lb wire bitten through, that's a first.
Couple of hairies for the smoker.
Soaked in salt, lemon, brown sugar and ginger for an hour and then smoked.
Bloody delicious.
The new yak is so light that I get towed all over the place. The tailor headed straight for the rocks and then took a left, leaving my yak to cruise into the rock before I could get the paddle out. Even the hairies managed to tow me around.

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:46 am

Jeez Jim, that's a bugger of a trip home. Getting home on the back of a tow truck is usually my trick.

No pics or fish for me, but after a couple of shitty months at work, I was quite happy just being on the water. Warm and dry were the bonus. Johny's sonic booms and the boaties response of "just wring it's bloody neck" were the highlights. Getting towed around at the end of the conga line was fun, and although not having to paddle for foward propulsion was fun, not sure I'll be switching just yet Dave. ;-)

Count me in for another trip if another window appears.

Steve.

Jim, I guess Summer Hill is TGS. I was there about a million years ago.

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:54 am

Yep, my TOW involved several tows :lol:

TGS is a bingo.

I did mine smoked in a gale on my veranda last night. Kid's said they taste like bacon so Squidder's smoking hints really work!

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brining

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stackem rackem and packem

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smokem if ya gottem

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hairy bacon

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:18 pm

eric wrote:I'm really inspired to get some night fishing in now.



Contact Al. He works for a company that makes street lights. :D

Trev

Re: NSW - A night in the Cowan Sunday 3rd June

Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:02 pm

A top night out. Thanks for having me tag along folks.
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PaulB on the way out in the drizzle
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The catch including a PB Tailor (50cm) and my first hairie (90cm)
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The chef ready to prep the hairie
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Smoked tailor and Hairie (all gone now!)
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