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SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby Zilch » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:21 pm

Thought I would have a go on the metro snapper last night, after reading all the posts lately.

Asked a fellow safwaa club member if he wanted to come along and he jumped at the chance. We arrived just after 5pm and their was a nasty shore break, as neither of us are over keen on these conditions we talked for a while and checked out another possible launch site. After a lot of trying to convince each other it was meant to get better we finally launch around 5.45pm at the original site. Jason in his Pro Angler probably did better than me although we both copped a couple of waves over us. The Outback seat had made for a nice pool area of water for me to sit in, luckily my clothing soon soaked it all up :lol:, it was going to be a wet jock night.

1) Launch site, swell rolling in.JPG
1) Launch site, swell rolling in


We get out to where I wanted to fish and anchored up just as it was getting dark. We had been fishing for about 15 minutes when Jason's reel screams into life, Jason hooks up and land his first ever yak snapper (59cm) :D . We both throw some burley over and about 10 minutes later Jason is on again and this time pulls in a 75cm snapper. Finally I get a run and land a 55cm snapper then everything went quiet for 1/2 hour or so, next thing one of my reels absolutely goes ballistic even with me tighting the drag to maximum I had no hope and in under 10 seconds my 2500 reel was spooled. I actually thought I had broken the tip off my rod due to the amount of drag I was using thus causing the line to snap somewhere along its length, it wasn't until I inspected my rod that I realized it was still in one piece and I had been completely spooled :twisted: I didn't want to think shark :shock: so I convinced myself it was probably a Eagle Ray. I kepted a eye on Jason and as soon as he wasn't looking at me I doubled checked my shark shield was on ;-) . Later in the night Jason lands a slightly bigger snapper at 76cm and I get a 66cm one and we decided to call it quits around 9pm.

So all in all it was a good night, Jason's first yak snapper (x3), me having wet jocks all night then landing a snapper before something scared the sh#t out me (brown jocks, spooled) and finally landing my 2nd snapper.

Some photos from our session, click on them if you wish to enlarge.

2) Jason, 76cm Snapper.JPG
2) Jason, 76cm snapper


3) 2500 reel completely spooled.JPG
3) 2500 reel completely spooled


4) My Snapper.JPG
4) My snapper


5) Mine, 66 & 55cm.JPG
5) Mine, 66 & 55cm


6) Jason, 76 & 75cm.JPG
6) Jason, 76 & 75cm


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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby samrota » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:42 pm

Great work on the snapper guys.

Congrats to Jason for his first yak snapper.

Yum, fresh snapper for tea tonight.
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby Ubolt » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:43 pm

Wow everyone is getting amongst it. Good work I reckon it would have been a big ray too ;-)
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby keza » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:09 pm

You guys are absolutely nailing it down there.
I bet the landing was fun in the dark. No picking a break in the swells.
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby Squidley » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:14 pm

Aaaah I can't wait to get back out again, beautiful fish guys. It's so hot out there at the moment
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby kayakone » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:32 pm

Steve

I'll be the mug and ask what may be a silly question....if you're chasing big snapper (which seem to be prolific ATM), why not use a much bigger capacity reel ....say 5000 - 8000?

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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby Squidley » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:34 pm

Bad luck on the launch Kelvin, I'm glad you didn't lose too much gear. Hope you get out there soon, you won't have much trouble getting a few.
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby DennisT » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:07 pm

Very nicely done Steve.

Zilch wrote: I keep a eye on Jason and as soon as he wasn't looking at me I doubled checked my shark shield was on
:lol:

I was thinking the same thing as Trevor though?

kayakone wrote:Steve

I'll be the mug and ask what may be a silly question....if you're chasing big snapper (which seem to be prolific ATM), why not use a much bigger capacity reel ....say 5000 - 8000?

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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby Ado » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:23 pm

OK, let me get this right.

You are fishing the ocean. :)
You are fishing the ocean in SA. :o
You are fishing the ocean in SA at night. :shock:
You are fishing the ocean in SA at night and are burleying. :shock: :lol:

And you are worried about the sand monster?

Great report by the way. :D
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby DennisT » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:52 pm

Ado wrote:OK, let me get this right.

You are fishing the ocean. :)
You are fishing the ocean in SA. :o
You are fishing the ocean in SA at night. :shock:
You are fishing the ocean in SA at night and are burleying. :shock: :lol:

And you are worried about the sand monster?

Great report by the way. :D


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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby Zilch » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:15 pm

samrota wrote:Great work on the snapper guys.
Yum, fresh snapper for tea tonight.

Thanks Sam and I will bring the snapper around shortly.

Ubolt wrote: Good work I reckon it would have been a big ray too ;-)

Thanks Ubolt. Yep that's what I keep telling myself ;-) , no sharks :shock: around the bay.

Kelvin wrote:Very well done.
The 1m waves looked alot bigger when I was seated in the Yak at water level. Took a few big ones over the front then got side on and flipped

Cheers Kelvin. Mate as long as you didn't get hurt :D . We actaully nearly didn't lauch, mulloway fishing is ever so much easier. Got to take my hat off to those that regularly go out their.

keza wrote:I bet the landing was fun in the dark. No picking a break in the swells.

Although we where a reasonable way out we could hear the swell roll onto the shore, so it was always on your mind :twisted: , in saying that it is so quiet out their you can hear for miles. Condition were meant to ease and they did so we only had a small swell upon retrieval.

Squidley wrote:Aaaah I can't wait to get back out again, beautiful fish guys. It's so hot out there at the moment

Na it was freezing ;-) :lol: , back on land my outside car temp read 10 degrees. Hope you and others do alright Squidley, I will wait for better conditions or simply catch my mullies.

kayakone wrote:I'll be the mug and ask what may be a silly question....if you're chasing big snapper (which seem to be prolific ATM), why not use a much bigger capacity reel ....say 5000 - 8000? trev

I only do it for the fun and normally let everything go unless others want them, in this case Samrota (Sam, post below my initial post wanted them). I think the experts (solatree / Drewboy / Olddood) simply unclip their anchor (we all have a bouy attached to them), which would be fine for snapper and alike but last night I only had 10 seconds max, spooled.

DennisT wrote:Very nicely done Steve.
Zilch wrote: I keep a eye on Jason and as soon as he wasn't looking at me I doubled checked my shark shield was on
:lol:

I am a wuss but there was no need to let my mate know ;-) :)

Ado wrote:OK, let me get this right.

You are fishing the ocean. :)
You are fishing the ocean in SA. :o
You are fishing the ocean in SA at night. :shock:
You are fishing the ocean in SA at night and are burleying. :shock: :lol:

And you are worried about the sand monster?

Great report by the way. :D

Yes to everyone of your statements / questions but was it a sand monster :shock:
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby paulsod » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:46 pm

First congrats on the very nice Snapper.

Zilch wrote: I keep a eye on Jason and as soon as he wasn't looking at me I doubled checked my shark shield was on ;-)

Laugh my head off on that one. :lol:

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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby GlenelgKiller » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:02 pm

Nice catch boys. Im going to be all over it later this week. Dont have a shark shield though so might just put a decoy out the back :)
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Re: SA. Wet jocks - Snapper - Brown jocks - Snapper

Postby solatree » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:14 pm

Hey Steve - well done to you and Jason - especially doing it at night when there's a swell running. Bugger that for joke. The bad news is, now you're a snapper bastard too (as well as a Mulloway bastard that is ) ! ;-)
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