While most of us were lying in bed, dreaming of screaming reels and bending rods the really keen guys, Eyetag and Pedro were unpacking and ready to launch by 4 am. When the rest of us arrived at around 5.30 am Pedro's van, which was parked in the usual place gave us an indication he was already out. I looked for Eyetag's car expecting him to be there too, but it was not there. I found out later it had been recently squashed by a tree which must be Mother Nature's revenge for him catching so many tuna.
The launch was easy as the swell had dropped to less than a metre. Once out we turned on our radios to hear Eyetage talking to Pedro. They were up at Little Halls. Given that the recent catches had been at Little Halls, Halls Reef and beyond we decided to head there.
|Perfect conditions for an easy launch (photo by Redwood)|
|Eyetag with one of his two Longtails (Photo by Redwood)|
The action died down a bit for an hour of so before Redwood hooked up again but lost the fish after a short fight. Freeyakker changed his lure to a deep diving Halco 160, and within 5 minutes had hooked a Longtail. Shortly after that I got close to a bust-up, cast my Halco Twisty 30g and on the first cast hooked a Mac Tuna. It has swallowed the Halco, would not have survived, so I decided to keep it for bait.
PeeBee and Jimbo headed back to the beach first, but with the bust-ups still occurring sporadically the rest of us stayed out until about 11 am before heading in The beach landing was easy with very little wave action.
|Eyetag with one of his Longtail (Photo by Sunshiner)|
|Freeyakker with his Longtail and Mac Tuna (Photo by Sunshiner)|
|Jimbo with his Longtail|
|Future Noosa Yakkers learning how to hold a fish|