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Another member of the GULP army.

Post by Flickin4em » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:52 pm

After a few pm's and texts a trip was locked in for Sunday night with perfectly timed midnight departure from channel island fishing the lower reaches of middle and west arms. With the captain as deckhand and "netman" As it turns out I went to school with his brother ... small world hey.

Well that was the plan anyway.... until someone threw a spanner in the works. :banghead:

Rounding one of the sweeping bends near the woolner substation a tiny sign notified me the ramp was shut and a short conversation with sinc. who had just arrived there to the sight of a huge tanker almost on it confirmed that it was a no go. Not happening today fellas.

So with a quick U turn done and a search of google maps telling me that launching from east arm was going to add another 32km to the days adventure and dinah beach being a better option if we had timed our travel better ... but due to timing constraints a "plan B" was hatched to salvage a day out regardless of suitability of tides and we were soon lauching at the good ol trusty Elizabeth river ramp.

After a high speed 10 min run we were in position spotlocked and after rigging up with BERKLEY GULP PRAWNS on OWNER HEADS moments later we were casting them along the rocky edges and using the occasional "buffalo ck snap" snag retrival tactics we hadn't lost one yet :D .

The first spot near crocodile island resulting in a few tiny taps after 10 min of trolling and 3 different flicking areas aswell as a few more scrapes on the motorguides prop on a rockbar which i knew the rough location of. (Its exactly marked now :mrgreen:) It looked great the tide was running nicely but no fish at any of the spots...With the sea breeze and the lights from the gas plant the area was far too pleasant to hold anything and following a quick discussion about it being a lovely spot. It was then time to move up into the dark well out of the breeze into the mozzies and midgies up the creeks to bring them on. So we left...

Sounding the bridge on the way past showed a couple hugging the bottom but we kept heading upriver to a spot that flows good freshwater in the runoff. Sneaking in with the leccy we drifted by the rocky corner probing the oysters hidden lairs with the prawns. A few casts later and a tiny goldie was the first capture. Lack of water here had me moving up to another area after 10min. though and once spotlocked we began working the area. The captain was soon able to get onto his first fish on a GULP and it was a jack too no less. :applause:
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Unfortunately it was Undersized tho...they must be 35 minimum.

Returning it to the water a few more goldies were next over the side.
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Then 2 flathead also landed by the cap.
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A small barra hopped in on the action as the tide turned. Once again we moved on and within moments a couple more small goldies were onto the prawns at this spot too. We hit 2 more spots on the way back down and the captain was teased by a nice barramundi rising right up nibbling on his lure at his feet in the lights at the first rockbar and then snapped off leader and all at the next one.
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While most fish weren't very big the constant action and varied species list was still fun and it's always good to show off a different technique and even better to get a few fish doing it. As a plan B it went pretty well. And following the lessons learned tonight I'm pretty sure the GULP army has a new member after this trip. 8) welcome aboard.
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Post by Daz12 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:49 pm

Nice work Flicken.
For some reason every time I walk out of a tackle store I have two or three packets of Gulp Prawns in my possession ! :wink:

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Post by theodosius » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:57 pm

Well done, I've never fished the harbour at night

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Post by Captain6979 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 am

Thanks again Flicken! Converted I am to the Gulps!!

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Post by ronje » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:13 am

Threadies love gulp prawns.
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Post by tristan.sloan » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:13 pm

well done, those prawns certainly seem to work

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Post by ronje » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:02 pm

They swim like a sick. No action.

Has to be jigged up like a prawn flicking although giant herring are happy to pick them up off the bottom. Threadies at times too. But the hits usually come on the drop.
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Post by pelletouse » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:08 pm

Well done my friend.we should organise a trip soon

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Post by Flickin4em » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:46 pm

theodosius wrote:Well done, I've never fished the harbour at night
seriously jack ??? you're missing out mate ! ! Get yourself a decent LED LENSER H7R. OR H14 R.2 headlamp and hook in.... bigger fish hunt the shallows at night, get out there and have a go :D
Captain6979 wrote:Thanks again Flicken! Converted I am to the Gulps!!
good to hear, the last minute Lizzy river trip turned out as a pretty good result for a "PLAN B", and for a lure that doesn't even swim they definitely go alright hey :D
Daz12 wrote:Nice work Flicken.
For some reason every time I walk out of a tackle store I have two or three packets of Gulp Prawns in my possession ! :wink:
yeah daz LOL you are dead right there, you'll definitely go through 'em pretty rapidly when it's on. I've noticed that they are super soft and I've even flicked a slightly ripped one off the jig head for miles with a birds nest one day :D
tristan.sloan wrote:well done, those prawns certainly seem to work
for sure, they were even getting machine gunned like squid baits when on the super slow motion roll over the boulders in the darkness :D
ronje wrote:Threadies love gulp prawns.
thats right ronje :wink:
ronje wrote:They swim like a "stick." I think is what you were trying to say :rofl: ABSOLUTELY NO ACTION at all. :mrgreen: It has to be jigged up like a prawn flicking although giant herring are happy to pick them up off the bottom. Threadies at times too. But the hits usually come on the drop.
You're 100% Spot on ronje.... think like a prawn fellas but hold on ready for action on the drift back down to the bottom like a coiled spring for lightning fast strikes before they drop it again.... :banghead:
pelletouse wrote:Well done my friend.we should organise a trip soon
Thanks mate, will do, I'm gonna go to the narrows again soon I'll text you with the details :mrgreen:
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Post by norrs » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:31 am

Nice write up, as always Flicken

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