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G'day,

I'm from melbourne and mainly fish port phillip bay. Targets being snapper flathead squid and whiting. We are lucky to have a great fishery at our door steps however I have a bit of kingy envy.

I go to sydney yearly at summer time to see family as I originally hale from there. I have read the post here on kingfish but I do have one question.

How do you land a big kingfish once it is by your yak?

I can land 70cm snapper with a landing net, but I would think a 80cm kingy might be a bit more of a challenge. I cannot wait to get up there next summer!
 

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Well, if you havent got a large hatch you take some good cord and tail wrap the beast and drag him backwards to the beach, or at least thats what I intend to do if I ever manage to land one :shock:

Seriously, you need to bleed these beasts and get em on ice asap, keeping em alive til youve got ice available isnt a bad idea.

Good luck!
 

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I have just imagined doing the above techniques. If I can't catch one in real life at least I have done it in my mind. ;-)

I reckon trying to tail wrap a trashing fish may be awkward though. i suppose some sort of lasoo knot may work.

Lifting it on by the leader sounds good. As long as I don't pull the hook or high stick my rod.

Thanks for the tips fellas.
 

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In that last vid they didn't even have a line out! Soft!
 

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Digger said:
Artie said:
Well, if you havent got a large hatch you take some good cord and tail wrap the beast and drag him backwards to the beach, or at least thats what I intend to do if I ever manage to land one :shock:

Seriously, you need to bleed these beasts and get em on ice asap, keeping em alive til youve got ice available isnt a bad idea.

Good luck!
Trolling for sharks?
Yep did think that might prove exciting, not scared of sharks are ya?
 

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Artie said:
Digger said:
Artie said:
Well, if you havent got a large hatch you take some good cord and tail wrap the beast and drag him backwards to the beach, or at least thats what I intend to do if I ever manage to land one :shock:

Seriously, you need to bleed these beasts and get em on ice asap, keeping em alive til youve got ice available isnt a bad idea.

Good luck!
Trolling for sharks?
Yep did think that might prove exciting, not scared of sharks are ya?
More about being sensible isn't it? Blooding itself I don't mind, but the combination with so long flapping in the water just has to be sending out attention signals to sharks. Mind you these things seem obvious on a vid, different to actually being there.
 

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Trolling for sharks?
Yep did think that might prove exciting, not scared of sharks are ya?[/quote]

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Ha, me too! You'd be a nutter if you weren't. I think the best solution in my Revo would be to slop it in the front hatch once bled, may need a suitable fish bag. Never thought is need a bag THAT big :shock:
 

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Drag behind the yak. Don't forget a couple big circle hooks for when chompy shows up :? Stole this plan from me ol mate Artie.
 

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Of the bigger ones I've landed, most of the time I've reached down and grabbed the jig head and slid the fish over the side (and tear my fingers up a bit). I've also shoved my thumb in it's mouth and slid it one board ( don't try it with toothy fish......). Most of the fish I've caught are pretty worn out by the time they come over the side, but I then lip grip them (the grips are tethered) and rest a leg / foot over them just to be safe. SBD tells a tale of woe, where he caught a kingfish of a lifetime, landed it, bled it, only to have it do a final flip, out of the yak and sink to the depths.
I don't like bleeding my fish out in open water - I think it might send the wrong message........
 

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Spiking or clubbing the head doesn't let much blood. I'd bleed it as well for the taste and let the shark shield do the rest, but that's academic since I can't catch a bloody king.
 
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