When it comes to fishing there are good days, bad days, exceptional days and those days that would be summed up as exciting. Today was certainly an exciting one. I saw a king fish approaching fast out of the deep and leaping out of the water to attack bait fish right in front of my feet in the berley trail, and ended up finding a great new fishing spot on the east coast with lots of potential. It was a beautiful day, we don’t have many of those at the moment, I grabbed the last berley bomb and some squid from the shop and headed to the East Coast. On the way I spotted white caps and that the north-westerly winds were going to be a hassle if I went down to the usual spot. The other side of the bay, however, was sheltered from the winds and I always wanted to have a fish there.
I got down there, deployed the berley bomb and it didn’t take long until I landed a small kahawai. So out came the live bait rig and setup, and within 20 minutes or so I had a juicy live bait out swimming strongly out into the bay. It was all very exciting. It was one o’clock, I had about four and a half hours of time to catch something big.
The live bait was doing a superb job, swimming against the current until the drag created by the wind on the balloon and line made it turn back and swim with the current. It kept doing that all the time, coming closer to the rocks and then swimming away from them. By now I was fishing with three rods. One with the live kahawai, straylining with squid on another and single hook rig with a small sinker on the third rod. I felt a strong pull on the rod I was holding in my hand and soon after I was hooked into something that was pulling line. I had a good position to play the fish and saw some color after a short while. It looked initially like a snapper but it was a bit more pale and once I had the leader in the hand it was clear that this fish wasn’t a snapper. It was a good size Porae, I’ve caught this type before and recalled the big lips.
I had about an hour to go and by now there were lots of small kahawai in the berley trail, I had a fresh kahawai head out in the deep and the live bait’s swimming activity seemed to increase by the minute. So much, that I decided to take the rod out of the rod holder and hang on to it. It didn’t take long, to my big surprise, until a fat king fish swam very quickly out of the deep up and alongside the rocks to attack a kahawai swimming right next to the berley bomb. It made a huge splash and I saw half of the fish completely out of the water line and then looked out to my live bait. Man, was I hoping that the king fish turned around to come for a second attack and see my live bait. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I decided to cast a surface popper in case it didn’t like my bait but was hanging close by. But again, nothing.
Shortly after I reluctantly had to pack and head back because dawn wasn’t far away. I didn’t land a single legal snapper, all were undersized even those that hooked themselves on the big whole kahawai head bait.
It might be my imagination, but when I got the live bait in, it was so sky blue and pale. It really looked like it was shit scared for the entire time it was out there. I have never seen a kahawai with such intense green-blue color. The picture I took turned out to be quite bad but I think you can get the idea.
As the terminator says, I will be back. Hopefully with a little bit more luck next time. Here another picture of the porae, a member of the douglasi family (with huuuuge lips).