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NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby brant78 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:58 pm

Hi all.
Just reporting on a day trip to Wasp Is/South Durras on Saturday 21 July. I went targeting snapper having spoken to Artie and Squidder so motored out with my soft plastics in hand. I also got a new sounder, thanks to the Wetspot boys for fitting that beautifully, and was keen to try it out.
With blustery winds and a bit of a swell I prospected around without much success before the sounder showed up some nice reef (north side where you showed me Artie) and dropped a 4' banana prawn on a 1/8oz jighead to the bottom. I few touches on the way down but not much action. I drifted off the spot so cranked my line up quickly and then WHACK and ffffiiizzzzz as my line headed for depot beach. First run took about 80m and I knew I was in for a treat.

I had a 6-12lb rated 6'6 xml Cabela spin rod with a shimano 2500 reel spooled with fireline exceed 6kg line. My gear was stretched to the max and I could feel my 15lb flurocarbon leader grating against the reef. However, with a bunch of patience and slowly does it approach I managed to pull in a pb 85cm, 7kg or 15lb kingfish. I hooked it at 9.35am and had it in my boat by 10.22am. My hook was mishapen and starting to straighten and the leader was frayed right along. I ended up 1km away from where I hooked it and enjoyed a mix of exciting runs and dogged down deep fighting.

When I landed it, it only fit in the net up to its shoulders and the rest hung out the top. I also had to motor back into the carpark as in my hobie sport I had no space for it. It didn't fit in the hull, no space in the back so I chucked it into my esky (which it didn't fit) and filled it up with ice from the local shop.

Terrific fight, great fun and keen to get back down there again to do it all again.

Not far from this spot last time I hooked a big bonito which was 4kg cleaned so that was also a PB for me. I just need a super sized snapper to get a third PB and I will be happy.

Attached some photos.

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Kingie lying next to rod
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Kingie in lap in hobie
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Kingie in the kitchen a bit bent and frozen
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby TheFishinMusician » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:04 pm

Hi Brant, welcome mate,

nice first post there, just a lazy 85 cm kingie :D

Mods, ban him, ban him now please!
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby Rstanek » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:05 pm

Awesome kingy on light gear, well done! :D
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby kayakone » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:10 pm

Holy smokes Brant....what a first report.


Keep that up and you'll be expelled! (only kidding) :D Looking forward to the next PB.



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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby Barrabundy » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:23 pm

Unreal! You're a patient man fighting that on light gear.

Be prepared for the fishing to seem a bit ordinary for a while now.
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby wadeedwards81 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:28 pm

just sounds too easy!

well done mate
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby brant78 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:31 pm

Thanks all!
When I landed it I thought 'Gee that was awesome but I really need to pull out my bigger rod and use 20lb braid'. I certainly was under gunned and was not expecting it. That said some of the boys on the forum have said the snapper around the island can push 15-18lb so they would have smoked me as well.
I've only just moved up from 10lb braid so I'm just getting into the slightlier heavier gear.
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby paffoh » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:33 pm

Wow, just wow...

Great you cracked one, never come across one in the kayak on the South Coast.

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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby Squidder » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:40 pm

Brant that is an amazing first post mate, congratulations! Like Paff I've been fishing the south coast from the yak for years and still never caught a king - we found a school of midget ones about 30-40cm long last time we were at Wasp but couldn't hook them. Stoked to hear of your success and look forward to reading more reports :D
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby Dodge » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:44 pm

Brant that is certainly a good way to get everyone's attention, well done and welcome.
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby Ado » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:45 pm

The Fishin' Musician wrote:Mods, ban him, ban him now please!

I'm onto it.

Not only 1st post, but in MY NEIGHBOURHOOD. No-one told me they came in that close ... in winter.
Really great showing Brant. I'm way too jeolous.
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby TheFishinMusician » Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:46 pm

Ado wrote:
The Fishin' Musician wrote:Mods, ban him, ban him now please!

I'm onto it.

Not only 1st post, but in MY NEIGHBOURHOOD. No-one told me they came in that close ... in winter.
Really great showing Brant. I'm way too jeolous.

:D thanks mate! Gotta keep some sense of respectability about the place.
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby brant78 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:00 pm

I have also got a photo of the bonnie I caught before as mentioned in my first post. See below.
Interestingly I trolled this one up on a halco silver minnow with red gills as I was moving between spots. So I was surprised it hit it. I usually catch them on a high speed retrieve, ripping a lure through a feeding school. However, I do pin a few smaller ones up to 1kg trolling around headlands.
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby bunsen » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:24 pm

Welcome and hooray for kings!
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Re: NSW - Wasp Is/Durras - Kingfish

Postby paulthetaffy » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:40 am

Nice work, Brant, seriously impressive on such light gear. That bonnie is a horse too - perhaps more impressive than the king really!! How did you cook it (or not)?

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