Mark Berg + Hodgy = Massive GT's

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Mark Berg + Hodgy = Massive GT's

Post by HODGY » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:08 pm

Hi all,

I was supposed to post this before the show aired but with the birth of my beautiful baby girl it was delayed. SORRY. The second part to the show airs on Friday night at 6pm on the lifestyle channel. I just thought I would share a bit more information about it.

In May 2010 I was surprised by my wife and Mark Berg from Fishing Addiction, with the ultimate fishing experience of my life. I was flown to Hamilton Island and from there we headed out 150nm in a water plane to Elusive Reef and an 80ft NOMAD Fishing mother ship.
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Once there I spent the next 8 days fishing for massive GT’s, Spaniards, Coral Trout and any other species that would take a lure.

It was unreal, a dream come true. Day 2 while casting Wilson 150mm jet poppers I caught a 50kg GT, the first for the NOMAD fishing charter in 2010. I was so pumped. It was none stop action the rest of the week.
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Mark and I were catching GT’s so much that we set about breaking every record that the Nomad Charter Boat had. The last day we ended up catching 59 GT’s in a day between 3 blokes. That was 1 GT in the boat ever 10 mins.
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I was broken every night when we got back to the mother ship I nearly used a whole tub of deep heat and a packet of panadol. The pain didn’t stop me fishing because the lights of the mother ship attracted fish every night so me and a few boys would spend the night catching squid, sharks and other reef fish trying every different method we could think off.

My highlight of the trip other than the 50kg GT was a 28kg GT on 30lb braid in 1.5m of water. The fight went on and on, nearly 30 mins and in the end the reel broke and I had to finish fighting the fish with my hands.

I won’t tell you how it ends but I’ll say that I enjoyed everything about it.

I've also added a few picture of some of the other boys on the charter. the GT that is bigger than the 3 boys behind it was 59kgs (massive)
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Thanks HODGY.
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Post by Bullet » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:22 pm

Great story and pic's Hodgy, that last GT is massive!!!

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Post by deepblack » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:45 pm

Awesome fish!!
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Post by Aaron G » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:52 pm

HOLY FRIGGIN HELL!

That is a whopper of a GT! Were all fish caught using popers? or where other techniques used?

I couldnt even imagine the fight that trevor would give!

59 GTS in a Day would be equivalent to a half marathon!

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Post by Pecheur » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:22 pm

Amazing!!!
:shock: :o :shock: :applause: :clap: :applause:

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Post by HODGY » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:11 pm

aaron.geier wrote:
That is a whopper of a GT! Were all fish caught using popers? or where other techniques used?
Most of ours were caught on 150mm wilson jet poppers, but some of the other boys/boats were using different brand poppers and sliders, some of them are shown below. it didn't really matter what colour they just needed the correct action. it waws werid cause the GT's would watch them through the air, so you had to have the bail arm over before the lure hit the water. Most of the lures only ever last one trip according to the guides, the GT's would just distroy them. all of our jet poppers were wrecked.
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when i pulled in the 50kg GT their were moments when i thought i was going in the drink, the drag is set so tight that you cant pull any line from the reel.

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Post by muntzy » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:27 pm

Awesome.
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Post by Agent86 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:46 pm

WoW!! :shock:

amazing fishing, i love catching GT's

the fight goes on and on, and they are explosive, caught a few good ones at the blue holes but nothing like that.

and i thought a 20kg one was good!!

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Post by Lumborghini » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:29 am

Awesome stuff Hodgy,
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Post by AM » Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:49 pm

You are a very special type of individual indeed to endure that. I bested two on one day mackeral trolling on the sandy cape shoals. They weighed in at just over 30KG each when weighed out of the ice box a week later and wont knowingly put bait or lure in front of another. I always grin to myself when I ask people how they went fishing and they say "I got a nice GT" I dont think there is such a thing as a nice one they are all just bad to the bone. You realise you might never walk the same again...

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Post by lanber-lady » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:36 pm

WOW
Awesome that must have ben for you !
Wish they would call me for a surprise trip :)
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Post by Mud » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:36 am

I dont think there is such a thing as a nice one they are all just bad to the bone.
I remember off Bynoe last year with Fish Fanatic I hooked up in fairly clear water...I looked over the side and saw that I had a GT down deep and right beside it was a good sized shark waiting for his chance to have a go at it. I went hard trying to keep the GT away from the shark and finally hauled it over the edge of the boat...it was the shark.....the GT had been swimming beside it waiting for it chance to have a go at it lol!

Great post Hodgy. Thats an awesome fish anywhere. Like the monsters they get off Midway. Well done.

I caught the show last night too. Great work all round. Shark Girl and I met Mark and the crew last year at Clearwater Lodge in Apsley Straight in the Tiwi Islands. Great bloke and good lads working with him. Cheers Mark if you catch this thread.
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Post by Seastorm » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:02 pm

Yer nice fish mate and looked like good seas too, which is a bonus.Saw the Nomad guys in Mackay in 2007, not always nice like that with the easterlies, and that was in close.That is one charter you WOULD pay for on the bluewater.What were the biggest trout you lads lugged up?And well done again :mrgreen:

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Re: Mark Berg + Hodgy = Massive GT's

Post by Eyecon » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:24 pm

Big GTs, if i never see another one it'll be too soon

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Re: Mark Berg + Hodgy = Massive GT's

Post by cuddlescooper » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:34 pm

Should be GST not just GT.Those things deffinatly take there 10% out of you plus all the other taxis.

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