05 Oct – Rowley Shoals

05 October 2018

Now let me set the scene, we had four older gentlemen and two young guys on this Rowley Shoals trip. These older fellows Phil, Harry, Richard and Boris have been mates since school and have done many trips together, the younger guys Nick and Steve were sons of Richard and Harry. Richard has been suffering Parkinson’s Disease for 17 years and is not that well but when he heard about the trip happening he had wanted in and was determined to make the most of it. He is a real character and doesn’t hold back in giving heaps to his mates and vice versa.

During the first few days the guys caught everything from Trout, GT’s, Cod’s, Sailfish and many other reef species both from the dinghies and the big boat. It was hard for Richard to fish out of the dinghy but he had a great session sitting on the back deck dropping soft plastics as we drifted along the reef edge while the others were casting off the front. He even out fished his mates on this occasion.

We trolled the heavy tackle to target marlin quite a bit after missing a nice Blue of approx. 200kg on the 3rd day. Steve landed a nice Black Marlin of about 200kg. Another huge Blue Marlin hit the short corner and was part of a double hook up. Unfortunately, the estimated 300kg plus fish managed to throw the hook whilst we were getting in the smaller Black and tagging it. So, for our efforts we raised 6 marlin (3 of which were est over 200kg) and boated 3.

The highlight of the trip was exceptional, we’d caught a couple of Sails, then Richard said “give us a go”, so he sat in the game chair and waited. I went into Sailfish hunting mode and luckily found a few more. Nick dropped the bait back and passed the rod over to his Dad. Richard dropped the bait back as the fish struck and hooked it up. The perfect hookup, the fish was jumping everywhere and after 15 minutes of hard work for a very tiring Richard we got the bill. Critter was not going to miss this one!!! Richard was so fatigued that he couldn’t even get out of the chair but was so so happy with his first ever billfish catch. We don’t normally lift billfish out of the water for photo’s but felt that under these circumstances it was warranted and the guys all got behind him for a great photo.

It was a great trip with many a great fish caught by everyone, lots of laughs and suggestions from the comedian (Phil) and the others. Richard, I hope you like the momento, definitely one for the pool room. SKIP

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