Here I am coming back to ramp to pick up Peter after he parked the 4x4 and trailer.
A few early morning storms off in the distance, but blue skies above us.
As soon as we get to “spot Y”, we see a few birds on one side of an exposed sand bar and head in for a better look. But a problem – electric messing about. We use the main motor to maneuver and eventual head around the other side of the sand bar. We have been here a few times previous trips on the way to other places, zero scales visits - hopefully today we find something. Beautiful place, should be more fish here more often then it does have them. Bright orange sand, blue emeralds water, usually clean water except in the harshest wind/tide conditions, good flats that hold enough water, right next to deep water. heaps of other animal life too - heaps of turtles this trip, on other trips dugongs, dolphins, and false killer whales
Here we find a few birds working, a few splashes from mackerel and down the beach behind them the typical slashes of some small queenfish tight against the beach. We start to head over with tide current and wind assisting out shift rather than the main motor.
Totally the other side of the equation in setups - I am using my 7w with a size 1 hook anorexic clouser – torn to pieces by many fish on a previous trip that didn’t get retired and was still tied to the leader of my fast sink fly line. Several fish rose up and accompanied Peter’s hooked fish, I cast to these with trepidation as the leader was worn, had a couple of wind knots, the fly was small, the rod weight would mean a longish fight if I hooked up and stayed connected – but my most probable outcome was an instant bustoff. I cast anyway – its only a fly and a bit of mono leader I might lose. A large fish zips towards the fly from out of nowhere, its takes the small fly and zips off to the horizon - no need to set the hook such was its aggression. The flyline and half the backing is gone in a very fast timeframe.
Both of us were thoroughly enjoying ourselves with such visual fly fishing. The clear water amplified the visual effect. The countless baitfish shoals going past the boat kept the predators working the water and the underwater drop-offs.
We drift and cast towards the reef edge as it drops off into deeper water. I hook another queenfish. This one jumped at least eight times and still fought hard despite its extra aerial efforts to de-hook itself..
Video report - up soon!
Have a new video editor I am trying to understand how to use, which may take a bit of time to figure out - but not too long! promise!