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Post Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:50 pm    Post subject: Sharks, cod and the lost cobia

So after weeks of bad weather, my mate's and I decided to do a stokes hill wharf trip. We rocked up a bit before 7am, and setup on the corner facing east arm. We fished here for about 20 min, before we moved to the end of the wharf near the "no fishing" sign, as the corner was mostly taken up by a large paspaley boat. Soon after setting up, our TLD 25 with half a mackerel frame went off. We set the hook, and whatever this was promptly decided to go for a run, before starting to swim into the eatery area. With the fish on, we had to move into the area, luckily no one was around yet to tell us off. After moving along about 40m, this fish went for its second, longer run, taking about 50m of line. Straight after, it started to head back to where we originally were, then swimming under the tug boats. All four of us desperately tried to turn it, however it only ran harder underneath the boats. It eventually broke us off :banghead: . We assumed it was some sort of shark, but we are definitely sure it's the biggest thing we've hooked at the wharf so far by a mile.
After that, we started dropping baits next to the pylons halfway down, which ended up resulting in two cod (one around 35-40cm and one around 50cm) and a batfish. The cod were kept for a feed. Soon after, my mate chucked a small stripy snapper head out. It was left untouched for about 30 min, however, straight after he checked the bait and threw it back out, we heard the sound of the saragosa drag. My mate grabbed his rod and started bringing the fish in. It fought sluggish, with only occasionally head shaking and thrashing, however there was weight on the end. My mate got it up, a stocky black and white thing around 70cm. We all watched for a second, processing what it was. Then we realised, it was a Cobia. Panic ensued as we scrambled for the dilly pot, but guess what? Before we could net it......









The knot came undone. :evil: :banghead: :bricks:
We were all in disbelief. We didn't even realise it was possible to get Cobia off the wharf, let alone in the wet season. My mate was fuming.
After that, queenfish started busting up up and down the wharf, so we spent the next hour jigging and casting. I had one hit, but the hooks were spat. Other than that, we couldn't buy one. They would follow the lure in huge schools of 20+fish, then just swirl and flash around it. One even went to hit it and turned away. Then after that, I was snipped by a mackerel, all we saw was a flash of silver, then my lure was gone. It was a clean cut. After that, we all decided it was too hot, so we called it a day and headed home. Not the worst day, although it could have been better :fishing: :bonk:


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Sharks, cod and the lost cobia

Who tied the knot Young_gun? - that's a shame job really but we've all done it :D

Plenty of sharks around over the weekend in places I don't normally get them - scored a 3-4ft Hammer Head down a secret Arm spot, the first in a long while.

There are Groper down at the wharf too. You just have to peer over the sides long enough on a low tide and you might see them. The last one I saw would have been 1200+ long. They don't pull the same as a shark but similar and will always head back into their home.

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Sharks, cod and the lost cobia

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Who tied the knot Young_gun? - that's a shame job really but we've all done it :D

Plenty of sharks around over the weekend in places I don't normally get them - scored a 3-4ft Hammer Head down a secret Arm spot, the first in a long while.

There are Groper down at the wharf too. You just have to peer over the sides long enough on a low tide and you might see them. The last one I saw would have been 1200+ long. They don't pull the same as a shark but similar and will always head back into their home.

Lol, my mate tied the knot. Apparently it was a "tight knot". :banghead:


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