Yes they are out there and even in the dark. Padded out this morn at stupid o'clock (4.30am) in pitch black, wasn't all that cold surprisingly. Made it to gravel at 5:30am with a hint of light on the horizon. Put out the baits and double hook up on barracuda. 2 more hits on the way in and passed Ant and Clive (aka Hoo slayer) at palmy at around 6:20am and wished them well. Back on the beach at 7am and BRRR the temp had dropped heaps at car park. Off to work and raced home this arve around 4pm to try it again. Hit the gravel late in the arvo with a stiff north westerly breeze and chop/wind swell. Was paddling in and decided to go into my fish inducing paddling frenzy. Sure enough both rods exploded. The fish ran towards me and thrashed around on the surface. The one in the holder got free while i carefully played the other. The hoo came in early and had a look at me; it looked fantastic in the dark with my headlamp on it. It was electric blue lit up with fins up. About 30mins later i sunk the gaff and sung out the usual rendition. I noticed that the hooks were hanging on the side on its mouth and i had to work to extract the wire that was tangled up in its teeth. I am not sure how long the hooks were dangling but it was probably lucky i used light drag and stayed patient. By then i had been blown another couple of km's offshore so i had to battle the wind, rain, chop and cold all the way home in pitch black but i was loving it. Went 1.3m and 13.5kg.
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