9 Nov – Rowley Shoals

9 November 2016

Browny and his crew had had Rowley Shoals on their bucket list for some time. There was a great deal of excitement and build up to this trip, the buying of lures and the making of a 5 species competition were all talked about as we prepared to leave. Unfortunately we got knocked about on the trip out with some rather unpleasant weather so it was quite a relief to arrive into the calm of the atoll. That first day didn’t really give us a good indication of what the Rowleys normally offers but from day 2 as the weather improved so did the fishing.

The first popper session produced some of the best fishing we have ever witnessed inside. Ridiculous numbers of Passionfruit Trout, Humphead Maori Wrasse, Bluespot Trout and Longnosed Emperor were caught and released. Three of the Bluespot Trout were up around the 900mm mark so not just small ones either. The comp consisted of a Sailfish, Bluespot Trout over 600mm, a Humpy over 500mm, a GT over 1000mm and a Sailfin Snapper.

After that first session a number of the group had ticked species of the list. The Sailfin Snapper are an interesting one, this incredibly photographic fish is a really tough fighter for its size and seriously hard to get to take a lure. We have mastered a couple of techniques that seem to work but you still have to stop them from reefing you. Congratulations to Chrisso who landed a couple of them on fly, a very sort after species for fly fishermen. We were told his knuckles copped a severe beating though.

The Sailfish proved to be the elusive species to tick off. There were a few about but they were a little bit finicky. We had our chances and missed quite a few so a big congratulations to Ian who was the only one to tag one. This in itself was also impressive as a comedy of errors lead up to this capture but that is a story he can tell.

Great trip guys.

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