Shoal Bay Sweet n Sour

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Shoal Bay Sweet n Sour

Post by skotty74 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:10 am

Headed over to SB yesterday and for the first time in awhile was beautiful heading over...
I had a chat to old mate at the ramp when I was locking the car up and he said all boats were reporting that it was cr.p fishing, so I was hopeful I would get a few but not brimming with confidence.
Got over to my little spot and locked in, was bl..dy hot and as usual very slow until the tide turns at the front which normally starts things going and the water starts to green up a bit.
Hot was an understatement there was zero breeze and I threw my canopy out awhile back cos it was giving me the sads (el cheapo) so I was starting to wonder if it was worth it, which is pretty standard emotion for an SB lock in from my experience.
After awhile I got onto a few fish, ended up boating about 12 between 50cm and 75cm.
As SB does all the channels into my spot had moved (I hadn't fished this particular spot since September) so when the tide finally arrived, resembling a Tsunami, some 4 hours after low out the front, in the pitch black, I ended up on a sandbar for half an hour. Managed to get off of this and get out and going, got about level with the rock when brrrr... motor died... started again, got going brrrr... not good, was starting to get rough... after about the third attempt she wouldn't start again... by now I was within reach of the buff creek mouth but it was starting to get rough. I got the electric going on a heading and started trying to sort out what it could be... after getting into the mouth of buff I finally narrowed it down to a faulty connection on the back of the isolator switch.
Pretty long day I didnt get back to the ramp till about 915pm but I guess the one nice fish I kept in the esky, the lesson learned about the lead, and the yarn to tell does make it worth while.
Ive had plenty of nightmares over there but it's my favourite place to fish :)
Got a couple of pics but I still can't take decent pics when Im solo haha
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Post by theodosius » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:34 pm

Well done mate amd good job getting yourself out of trouble!

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Post by burners » Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:42 pm

Sweet n Sour alright skotty, sounds like a big day....

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Post by b-radical » Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:43 pm

Great Effort i say especially going solo

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Post by Lats » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:59 am

At least you got a good feed. And got out of trouble

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Post by jeffish » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:57 am

Cool report skotty , good self rescue as well :mrgreen:

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Post by Flickin4em » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:29 am

Nice trip and ripper of a yarn for the grandkids one day. . well done skotty. Cheers :cheers:
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Post by NinjaFish » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:35 am

Every fish from SB is worth the effort I reckon. Great yarn :cool:

I was out there for the first time in a long while the other week and had to delete some of my markers for some channels that had shifted. JB Hifi sell a nifty phone holder for solo pics with a suction and tilts and turns that I stick on the window.

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Post by skotty74 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:34 pm

Nice one Ninja might have to get a bit flash and grab one !

The problem re-occurred today at home while testing, after I had cleaned and applied terminal protector to every connection in the boat.
The final culprit was actually the main earth cable inside the motor where the bolt had come loose or perhaps was never tightened properly when the motor was fitted?
Hopefully thats the end of that.
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Re: Shoal Bay Sweet n Sour

Post by al57 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:26 am

congrats on the fish top session .and well done on getting back into buff with a dicky motor ,nothing worse than having that feeling when heading home of is the motor going to stop and im stuck out here all night .

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