Leigh/Mathesons Bay - 1st Oct

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Hi Guys,

Longtime lurker, first time TR :P

As many of you will know, the forecast for the Gulf wasn't flash for Saturday. Got up at 0400 and finally made the D to hit Leigh.

Got to the Leigh ramp just prior to 0600 and met up with Neil my paddling companion for the day who was paddling his Reef Kayak for the first time. After a prompt setup, we were on the water, heading out of the harbour as the sun crested the horizon.

Straight out to the "Out Post" on the left as you exit and we tucked in close to protect ourselves from the NE. After 3hrs of drift/paddle/drift, all we had to show was a 30cm Gurnard. As this was a hunter-gatherer mission I decided to brave the chop and ventured out over the reef towards the cray pots to target some Kahawai. Although this idea was a good test of my kayaking mettle, the quest didn't result in any fish.

As I paddled back to Neil, I noticed a handful of birds circling down at Mathesons Bay. By now it was 1130 and I had told the wife I would be back at the ramp by approx 1200..... 30 minutes later we are down at Mathesons with sensational Kingie & Snapper sign on the sounder and I'm on the phone justifying to the wife why I'm going to be late :D

As I put the phone back in its case, a Kingie breaches the surface about 10m in front of me chasing a baitfish. I quickly grab my antique top water setup, cast and retrieve. After two whips back, there is an explosion of water as a Kingie stikes the lure but fails to hold. I manage to hold my nerve and continue the retrieving action as he comes back around and slams the lure - game on! As I start to get towed back past Neil, into the wind and up current, I notice on the sounder that I am in only 8m of water :sweat:. Shortly after, I am no longer moving forward, my old rod is bent like a horseshoe and despite my best efforts, the Kingie has gone to ground wrapping me around foul - PING - gone - gutted.

With no other stickbaits, I throw a Zman Paddler with a 1oz jig head on my top water rod and begin trolling back through the "contact zone". Not long after, the old Penn reel is screaming and the adrenaline starts to re-enter the blood stream. Initially, I thought it was a horse Kahawai, but this thought soon changed as the fish was trying to keep deep. 5 minutes later I had a new PB 64cm snapper on board and in the bin :) Over the next 30 minutes I would get another nice snapper and a couple of Kahawai but no Kingies |(

As I begin to troll back to Leigh Harbour, I notice a Gannet nearby diving at slight boil on the surface and head in that direction. WHAM! No mistaking the species this time - Kingie! Having learnt my lesson, I work hard to keep his head off the bottom just 12m away. As I do so, we head out to deeper water and I can relax a little on the drag. After 20 minutes of long runs and slowly get the braid back on the reel, I have the leader to the Yak and get my first sight of this sleek beast and grab the gaf.

Once all done and dusted, I am left wondering where to put it. For those of you familiar with the old Perception Swing, it is not known for its storage space or functionality. Without further ado, I end up half sitting on the 95cm Kingie as paddle back to Leigh Harbour grinning from ear to ear :D

What started out as a very average day, turned into one of the best with 3 x new PB's; Snapper, Kingie & Gurnard - Still smiling.
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Well what a great way to introduce yourself to everyone with your first TR !.... Well done !
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Nice work mate :y:
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Best dame tr for a long time! Welcome and keep paddling :y:
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Awesome catch. Yeah love the Swing but needs more storage. Congrats on the Kingi.
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Nice job and great TR keep them coming :y: :y:
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Exciting TR mate! Nice work! that'll feed the fam for a while!
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great read fella. well done

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That was an awesome read. Well done that, man.

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Well done baitless, a fair bit of great eating for the family :y:
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Hey Baitless, could I be so bold as to ask what lb braid and leader you had on this Kingie - I'll be targeting this species with the warmer temperatures reaching Wgtn.
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Cool TR . cheers :y:
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After cuddling a 18 pound snap 2kms, I can attest to fark all storage in the swings :D Excellent TR mate and hope the dog box is comfortable!! :rofl:
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Thank you for the positive replies! The fish has been put to good use for a Tangi :) I normally only keep what we can eat without freezing.

Smeg - it was 50lb braid mate. I'm no expert on what to use for topwater Kingie's as I have only switched from stalking mountain streams to kayak fishing in the last 12 months, therefore recommend getting a second opinion.

Ruff as Gutts - I've managed to avoid the dog-box. The Kingie was my saviour. Had I returned empty handed the situation would most likely be quite different :D
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Welcome abord, perseverence pays off. Good on ya!
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Snapper PB 54cms (2.7Kgs or ~6lbs in old money) ,56cms no wait 59cms now!
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Still waiting on the day I catch a +60cm model.....

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Nice going mate :y:
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Well done that man!
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well done mate
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Good job fella nice tr


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Well done. Great read. Cheers
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