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Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12. (+Vid)

Postby sunshiner » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:10 pm

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"I'd love to get a longtail", said kahuna (AKFF: kahunanui) recently, after catching a mac tuna, his first ever tuna, a couple of weeks ago. Well, after today, I wonder what's next for him.

I launched a few seconds after the pic below was taken. It was a dry bum exit, but I did back paddle at the end of the wall as a few wet bum waves threatened to spoil my exit.

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That's beejay’s Prowler on the left. He just trundles it along Hastings Street to our launch point, doesn’t need a car park.

Although there were already several other Noosa Yakkers out there, I was the lone candidate initially for Jew Shoal, where I hoped the snapper and sweetlip would be cooperative. The others mainly headed for Little Halls Reef and Halls Reef, with longtails on their shopping lists.

One interesting observation: there were thousands of pale blue jelly blubbers suspended in the water just off the groyne, out the back. Never seen that before, here.

Having trolled a HLP all the way to JS for nix, I settled in to really blanket the place with tempting offerings. Two hours later my offerings had not been touched, and nor had jimbo's succulent bait offerings, although he hadn't been out there as long as I had. On the western front (LHR and HR) all was ominously quiet, nary a radio call to interrupt our reverie. I wondered if they'd all gone to sleep over there. The last guy to launch was stormin, who came up on the radio about 07:30, explaining that he'd just finished a 12 hour work shift.

Anyway, just before a pod of whales turned up at Jew Shoal the radio crackled into life. Beejay was hooked up at HR to something fast and powerful. Yay! And then kahuna came up on the radio for the first time explaining that he also was hooked up similarly and was dodging waves as he was towed close in to the beach break near First Cutting. Yay! again.

The breeze was just starting to strengthen, and shift more to the north when jimbo and I decided that the total lack of action at Jew Shoal was not worth any more effort, and so we started to head back to our Middle Groyne launch point.

By now, beejay had boated a longtail and was headed in under sail, and jag-one had stirred the pot a bit more with a report that he'd left the ranks of the fishless by boating a very good grassy, estimated (under-estimated as we later discovered) at 55cm. Pedro was engrossed in sticking with kahuna and giving us a progress report by radio from time to time. Incredibly, a full 90 minutes after hookup, kahuna had yet to see his fish.

In due course tarzan, jimbo and I had beached safely. Jaro and beejay were visible just offshore, stowing their sails after their downwind trip all the way from Halls Reef. A couple of kids came up to me on the beach and asked to see our fish. Well, being a little embarrassed, I managed to put them off by explaining that the next kayak in had a biggie aboard.

And so it had, and the word had got around, also. Beejay was met by a crowd of fish lookers, all ogling, and pointing and "What sort of fish is it?" when he eventually dragged it out of his storage pod, which the tuna had shared with reels, rods, tackle, drogue etc.

A few pics of the occasion:

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The hubbub died down a bit and then we spotted jag-one in his oil tanker just out there. By now the wind had picked up quite a bit and the break was looking decidedly flaky. In came jag-one…

He was going OK and keeping it straight until just abeam of the end of the groyne the bow went hard to port.

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The yak hit the rocks with a thump that I could hear from where I was shooting video. And then they rolled over in waist deep water.

No real damage was done and jag-one's prize fish was secured to the yak by clip and leash. The crowd gathered again to ogle the fish, the fisherman and his strange boat.

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On the mat!

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Now... Leaving the best till last!

The crowd had now spotted two more yakkers (pedro and kahuna) just out there, preparing to come in. And they'd been led to believe that one of the yaks had a monster tuna aboard. By now we could have sold tickets to view the fish!

Pedro had waited with kahuna while he finished off the fish after fighting it for over two hours, and they'd travelled back to Middle Groyne together, in a strengthening northerly breeze.

I waded out to video kahuna's return to the beach. As he got closer to me, I could see that it was a pretty big tuna alright, as it was sharing the meagre cockpit with him.

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Cropped frame from video.

As the kayak ground to a halt in ankle deep water, kahuna fell full length face down into the water, further exciting the gathering crowd, who by now had seen the fish and could hardly believe their eyes.

It was a bloody nice fish and kahuna's first longtail. So here are some pics:

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Mat#1

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Mat#2, supplemented by stormin's tape measure.

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And now a 55 sec vid added 30Sep12. See jag-one hit the wall at 23 sec.


Thanks for reading AKFFers. Tight lines!
Last edited by sunshiner on Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:42 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby bunsen » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:38 pm

Wow! That's a nice LT.
Cant wait to make it up that way one day and head out with you guys.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby keza » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:47 pm

How good is that.
Great read as always sunshiner. Can't wait for the video.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby SharkNett » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:48 pm

Another great effort. There used to be reports of longtails down around Jervis Bay in summer but don't hear much about them these days. Seems odd since the oceans are getting warmer.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby AJD » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:53 pm

You're making me very sad that I made the move south Kev.
Congrats boys they are 2 very impressive fish. A great grassy and a superb long tail. Well done boys.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby paulo » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:59 pm

Fantastic day on the water boys. Thats a big longtail and a horse of a sweetie.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby paulsod » Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:01 pm

Top story Kevin and what about those fish,fantastic.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby Wrassemagnet » Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:53 pm

Don't you just love it when the brag mat isn't long enough :D

And to think the season is just starting...
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby ben123 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:03 pm

Wow awesome fish guys!

Will have to get my butt into gear and get out there for a fish with you guys.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby kayakone » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:04 pm

Wrassemagnet wrote:Don't you just love it when the brag mat isn't long enough :D

And to think the season is just starting...



I can see that length being eclipsed by a certain Jew fisho..... :D



paulo wrote:Fantastic day on the water boys. That's a big longtail and a horse of a sweetie.


It certainly is. What is your record Paul?


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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby paulo » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:41 pm

kayakone wrote:
paulo wrote:Fantastic day on the water boys. That's a big longtail and a horse of a sweetie.

It certainly is. What is your record Paul?
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Not mine, but the biggest Ive ever seen was mate Steve, when he got his first off a kayak at Fraser a few years back. It went 139cm and 28kg. Heres a pic of it.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby wardeyak » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:24 pm

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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby Dodge » Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:03 am

Great fishing among you Noosa blokes, and a good read Kev.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby carnster » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:50 am

Fun times boys, nice report Kev.
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Re: Qld: Blistering longtails and more. Noosa, 28Sep12

Postby Zed » Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:21 am

Oh boy!
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