Words Dan Collins, Pics Dan Collins and Rod Collings
Had a great day out with Rod today. One of those days that I will end up talking about when I am in a home and nearly done. The plan was to hit the end of the Sugar Jetty for a bit of Queenfish action, but the weather was outstanding and the flats were attacked! We found some Giant Herring in the morning and had a ball catching them, we ended up catching 18 in a two hour session, along with Rod managing a nice Blue Salmon. We then went with plan A and checked out the jetty, but we found it quiet, A Sugar boat was in and we were there on the dead of the tide so it was not to be.
We ventured back to the flats in search of anything exciting. I managed a nice GT at 63cm and then while fighting it we starting seeing some Permit. Rod bailed from the boat and chased a school down the beach only to come back empty handed. Little did he realise that he had walked past a good school on the other side of the sand bar. We chased them down and got within range. I left the boat to chase down another school of tailing fish in the shallows and left Rod to the original school (it is hard for two people to fish the same school of fish at the same time, you end up spooking them for the other person).
While in stealth mode hunting down the Permit in the shallows I hear a fish splashing and Rod screaming! He had hit the mark and came up tight! This although distracting didn't deter me from casting at very hungry fish. My first two casts were chased down, but no eat. The third cast and it was on! A double hook-up on Permit. Crazy stuff and something that I will never forget! Go the Dangerous Prawn!