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With guests staying with us since last Friday you can imagine my frustration when I heard the whisper over the weekend that the Spaniards were starting to show in the bay and already I'd agreed (rather too hastily) to forgo any offshore excursions until our visitors had departed.
Anyway, waving the last visitor off late yesterday afternoon I hot footed it home, packed the yak, hit the sack and was on the water at 5am this morning.
An hour later I was just south of Hall's Reef, rod bent, drag screaming and a grin from ear to ear. Not long after, I had a 16kg Spanish Mackerel on board and ten minutes later was heading home via Jew Shoal.
About a kilometre west of the Shoal twenty minutes later my Slimy Mackerel bait was taken by another Spaniard, this one weighing in at 11kg.
Both fish, as you can see, went for the ever faithful Davo's 'Spaniard Special'.

 

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Awesome result Billybob - Congrats.

Is 16 your biggest barrie this season?

The warm water is truly upon you right now. With a bit of luck it should be similar tomorrow.
 

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Very nice Bill. You may have to make up a cradle behind you if you keep this up.

Im thinking of heading up there over Anzac Day weekend, so hopefully ill be able to get out for a fish with you again.
 

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Brilliant catch Bill
 

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I'm still jealous Billybob. Can't you persuade a few of those fish to come pay us a visit in Sydney? :D
 

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That is ridiculous Bill :shock: I'm not sure how i'd go about the logisitcs of getting that big fella on board - must be a bit of a struggle isnt it?? Picked myself up a spaniard special the other day and gave it its first run. No luck as yet but as you've proved again its only a matter of time hopefully!!
 

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What can I say???

Brilliant stuff Bill, I was wondering why you hadn't shocked us with your amazing catches latelly.

Milt,
 

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Nice catch!!!!!!!!! i'm looking into getting heavy gear for the bigger fish like those, what rod, reel and line do u sujest i get??

Cheers
 

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My outfit was a Wilson 6kg-8kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 4500 reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 30lb mono trace.
 

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What a hoot BillyBob, any problems fitting both fella's on the Swing? :shock: :D
 

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No problems Poddy.
I strapped the bigger fish into my 'fish cradle' that I've mounted just in front of the forward hatch.
I rammed the other fish under the left footrest (head forward) and paddled back with my foot on top of it.
It would have fitted into the rear tank well but for whatever reason I couldn't be bothered tranferring it to the back.
 

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Billybob said:
My outfit was a Wilson 6kg-8kg Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 4500 reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 30lb mono trace.
that seems to be quite light leader Bill?? When i bought the spaniard specials the young bloke said you dont need to use wire because of the way the lure is set-up...is that true and is that why you only use 30lb leader?
 

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Yeah mate.
I don't think there's a mono trace around that can withstand the teeth of a Mackerel... Spotty or Spaniard so I don't see the point in going any heavier.
I think thirty pound's strong enough to 'hand' but low profile enough to keep your strike rate up.
Re. the Spaniard Special, the young fella was right. It's not necessary to use a wire trace as the ganged hooks and wire frame seem to be sufficient to protect against being bitten off.
 

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Hey billy, thanx for that, just one more question. What colour fireline do you sujest i use?

Cheers
 

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You know Billybob's got a decent brace of fish when they are too big for his trademark down on one knee pose.
 

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:shock: YOU BARSTARD :evil: ................ :oops: I mean nice fish Billybob :lol: sure would like to have them on our door step down here. My wife is spanish and she bites pretty hard and she is nice and slender like the Mackeral but I cant get her to take a live bait :wink: Yeh you know what I mean :roll: must be the way Im presenting it. Anyway very nice fish mate........bastard.

:D fishing Russ
 
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