Yahoo!. Wayhay!!. Yabba Dabba Doo!!!
I caught a fish! Several fish actually... But only 2 Keepers. But lots of bites and half a dozen just undersized to whom I gave my cell-phone number and told them to call us when they were bigger.
Yesterday I was guest onboard 'Overdraft' with Steps and Rix and we ventured out to, what I'm told is called, "The Bottom End" of Waiheke Is. and up towards Pakatoa Is.
We arrived at Spot X and Steps announced there was 'sign' on the screen.
So, I unleashed the mighty Okuma 2-pc rod and Shimano 4000 reel loaded up with a Lightbulb 3/8 oz and deadly Bruised Banana Z-Man Jerk Shad (Crazy names, I know) smeared with some Pilchard Secret Sauce. and...
Boom! I caught the first fish of the day!
Wow!! I can't describe the feeling of exhilarating excitement as I wound and pulled, encouraged and guided by Steps and then listened as, drag screaming, the line peeled off when the ginormous snapper ran away to the depths only to tire and be dragged back up to the surface again and again.
Visions of me appearing on "Big Angry Fish" went through my head as I fought this monster of the deep.
Rix assisted by hauling the trace over the side and moments later I was being photographed holding my very first 34cm Giant Snapper (That's a breed isn't it?)
Amazing! I'm so thrilled to be able to look my rod in the eye (Guides) and say "Softbaits DO work!"
I caught another snapper (38 cm) and some smaller ones just undersized as I mentioned.
Then, like all good fishing stories, there was...
"The One That Got Away"
He was even bigger than the 38'r so I reckon he was 40cm in my expert eye.
Just as Rix was holding the leader (20lb mono) the fish bit clean through the trace and disappeared still chewing on my lovely Bruised Banana/lightbulb combo burger.
If you catch him, keep him and PM me with the news. Reward offered for return of the Banana LOL.
So, what a buzz!!
Big thanks to Steps (and Rix) for taking the time to explain & demo techniques, and strategy. For just the offer to go out on the boat, fully prepared, for teaching me how to handle the fish and release the undersized ones carefully. How to gut a fish. (Never done that before)! and the filleting demo back at base.
The guys caught fish on cut baits and softys too. So we came home with fish in the bin and big smiles all round.
I had a great day and learned heaps - But most of all I learnt that Softbaits DO catch fish. I'm in fishy heaven!
PS. Casting up and working down the drift is now comprehensible to me. I can read my Mark Kitteridge book with a better understanding.
Also the weather turned a bit grim later in the day and so the decision was made to return early. Lifejackets on and stay safe out there people!