We had a great day, visibility was rubbish which made spearing difficult, first drop we were in about ten meters and couldn’t see the bottom until we hit 8m depth, got to the bottom and we shot a very good trout and a chinaman, both would have been approx 4kg each, my spear bounced off the chinaman so it was gone, and my mate had the trout but when he pulled the spear out of the cave it was without the trout so a frustrating start. We then went out to our trolling spot for Spanish mackerel, within 5min I was on to a very decent Spanish with a couple of smoking runs and I was in the hurt locker, we got him to the side of the boat and then he got mauled by a herd of bronze whalers. We even had one bite the outboard and a few bash themselves on the bottom of the hull.
Next pass and my friend got onto a big fish which we thought was another decent Spaniard, turns out it was a GT which we have estimated at 30kg+ , on the next pass we came across a problem, the motor and all gauges lost all power, now that’s a problem considering the boat has a leak in the fibreglass that’s not extactly a small leak either but we manage it with the bilge. Now after about 15 minutes we located the problem, a loose earth on the dual batteries, easy fix and we then decided to go to our next dive spot hoping for cleaner water. No surprises it was dirty also but at least we could see the bottom from 8m up to three, this is my trout hotspot but it was difficult today . My friend got out of the water after about 30 minutes due to a blood nose issue he was having but I persisted diving the crevices and caves looking for my trout, another 30 minutes and I finally found one.
Coral trout are inquisitive and will come and swim at you and away but will keep coming back so you can take your time. I didn’t muck around and placed a shot in the top of its head. That was my trout for the day as we can only take one per day.
we then upped anchor and went on the hunt for crays and bluebone, my friends diving for the day was over due to his bleeding nose issue, so I jumped in at about 3m depth and went on the hunt but the current was so strong, so I went to the bottom and went from bomie to bomie ,missed two decent crays and so I kept looking out for the big bluebone, as I drifted along I think I must have gotten to about 12 or so meters deep when I found the big bluebone, I turned side on and nailed him with spear, not a kill shot but as normal it went beserk, as I came up to surface pulling him in I felt a big bump, looked down and a decent bull shark had latched on to him and my spear, I tried getting the fish off him but I lost that battle pretty quickly. Kept looking around but didn’t see another big bluebone so came back to the boat.
By now I was getting tired so decided to call it quits with the free diving and we went out to about 25m depth and found some structure to have a bottom bash, got out there and realised we had no bait 😂😂😂😂 so in I jumped down to about mid water and plugged a couple of Spanish flag for bait. Back in the boat and down went the bait, only had one rod for bottom bashing so we took turns, well we lost two unstoppables including a big rankin cod at the boat which is a real shame as it’s one of the best table fish you will get. Time for home, dead flat and about 42 knots we were travelling at, made for a quick trip home. Now I just have to fillet some fish.