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QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby kayakone » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:49 pm

Twelve long weeks ago kayaking was stopped due minor operations. Last week was my first taste of fishing, though a tad naughty... ... 27s+orders

I can paddle now, cause I'm better. So I took the Hobie Adventure to Scarby to meet the Beekeeper.

Adventure is Mirage Drive (pedals), but I wanted to paddle (Plan A), which they do, a whole lot better than an Outback without a rudder.... :shock: However, when you are out of it you for a while you forget things, such as forward rod angles, which simply do not work when paddling. Plan B - move the trolling rods to the back. This still didn't work because of the forward rods, so Plan C was to peddle.

Not much to report other than no strikes from trolling HBs for over an hour and a half. Nevertheless, it was great to be out on the water again, when finally a rear reel rang the dinner bell. One legal tailor. Bother, I forgot the fishbag and ice, so it's back to the beach via the shallow water to get the tailor on ice. I was trolling (yes trolling this on the 5000 Saltist), as it has been quite productive on a number of species.


Having the Adventure was a bonus as it is fitted with a sounder, showing me several bits of reef I didn't know about. Hoping for a flatty or another tailor in here (40 metres from the rocks, 2.8 metres of water).

The Saltist went ballistic as line ripped off sideways towards Flag Reef. Suddenly a direction change to the east, drag tightened and it looks like a trip to Moreton Island is on the cards, as the Adventure and Fatso get towed along at 4 kph/hr, line still stripping. "Pedal, pedal! Run it down and get some line back." I managed a call to Beekeeper "going to Moreton Island ", but he had his hands full on a speedster too. Second line in and still heading for the island. I found the steering of the adventure excellent for changing the yak's direction immediately after the fish changed. Dorsals sighted ... doesn't look like a shark.

At one stage I cut across a corner too far and had slack line for two seconds, allowing me to test the amount of drag, which was so much I could barely pull any off. Thinking about it later that alone could have been fatal, and I was lucky to regain contact without any sudden shock loads. A major direction change for the next ten minutes had me being towed south, during which time Beekeeper announced he'd dropped his fish and was on his way (from 2 kms away). Still peddling fast there was a bang, as the peddles went to the left and could not be moved. I must have clipped the release with my foot allowing one side to pop up and jam both locking release levers.

This was not good as another direction change to the east and the pattern started to change, diving under the yak more than towing. Damn the pedals ... I couldn't release them to get the flippers out of the way. Beekeeper arrived to see almost fatal entangling on the fins as the fish went under repeatedly then around. Eventually, 38 minutes into the fight, we could see a long silver shape circling 4 metres down. Now 3 m, now 2 and a floater, rather a vertical float, and so worn out that a hand into the gills brought no shakes or shudders. The spectators 'oooohed and aaahed', and Jimbo said something like, "Yours is bigger than mine."




Thanks to Jimbo for the majority of the photos, and for coming to help.

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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby Flump » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:57 pm

Well done K1 & Jimbo, was a beautiful day today, good to see you both getting into the toona :D
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby Wrassemagnet » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:06 pm

Well Trev I'm gobsmacked. That's a monster tuna! However I'm afraid it pales in comparison to your spectacular pink rashie :D Was Jim wearing the matching tutu? :lol:
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby bruus » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:14 pm

Great catch and welcome back trev. Typical I thought about skipping uni today and fishing instead but decided I'd better do some work. Oh well.
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby Barrabundy » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:28 pm

indiedog wrote:Stop it Trev, or people, including you, will actually think you can fish!

Well done however and a cracking way to get back on the horse.


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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby Beekeeper » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:31 pm

Nice tuna, Trev... did you get to weigh it at all?

I can distinctly recall you calling it for a turtle, early in the piece, 'cos just after you hooked up, I hooked a turtle in a fin, and was marvelling in the fact that we'd both tangled with turtles at the same time... mine finally disengaged, and then my over-head outfit gave a couple of tentative bumps, I picked it up and leaned on it, then it went beserk! Line tore off like it was going out of fashion... that's when you called again... I glanced at my reel, and I had almost no line left... I was already following the fish, so I tightened the drag and thought I was gaining speed when the fish and I parted company... checking the line after winding all that line in, I found that the leader had parted at the grinner knot... maybe the fish got a tooth on the knot, I'll never know.

All I do know is that this was the fastest fish I've ever had on a line... the line just melted off the reel in no time flat!

Back to your fish, Trev... that's one lovely longtail... welcome back!

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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby AJD » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:55 pm

Nice return to action Trev. Gotta be happy with a tuna like that first trip back!
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby Squidder » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:30 pm

:shock: What a way to get back into it Trev, that's awesome!
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby badmotorfinger » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:09 pm

Fn awesome. Would have tested the wounds. Onya Trev
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby badmotorfinger » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:10 pm

Join a union, buy cheap sd cards.
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby Daveyak » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:31 am

A mighty effort Trev :mrgreen:.

I'm beginning to hate clicking on QLD threads & only clicked on yours 'cos everyone know you never catch anything to make us jealous.... ;-) :lol:
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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby tonieventer » Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:53 am

Well done Trevor! Brings back memories :-). Those little paddletail plastics sure works a treat. Had the same thing happening to my mirage drive recently, one of the clips released and it popped out on one side. Brute force required to get the other clip released and get the drive back again. Lucky you did not loose the fish


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Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby nad97 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:15 am

Well done Trev, mabey you should take a break from fishing more offten if it results in a catch like that.

Re: QLD: An adventure in action, at last

Postby gibsoni » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:18 am

Great to see you back in the seat Trevor and what a FISH!

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