Hillary's marina Tuesday

Caught up with Troy (Kaitan) down at Hillary's marina last night. Tried out the area behind Aqwa, but apart from a few smallish bites (felt like skippys) there was not much happening.
We decided to move to the north wall as Kaitan had caught a few decent tailor there recently.
Pretty good conditions, very little wind on that side and the water was clear as.
Kaitan managed to hook up to what we think was a big stingray (it headed east and didn't want to stop) and a small shark (which he got to the rocks but as it was only hooked through a side fin managed to get off before we could pull it onto the rocks. Probably a good thing because we were going to release it anyway).
Not too many other bites, but it was still a good night to be out in the fresh air.
There was a report of a guy catching a pretty big tailor inside the marina near Aqwa, so that could be worth a go if anyone is down that way.
All the best, Colin

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i fished that spot a few

Wed, 2008-02-27 08:20

i fished that spot a few weeks back... got nothing, felt nothing...

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It can be like that

Wed, 2008-02-27 08:40

It is pretty hit and miss, but I think it will get better in the autumn. An old squid fishermen (who gave Kaitan the only squid he had caught - which Kaitan then used to hook the shark) said the squid fishing is definately a lot better in the autumn.

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i went there to flick SP's

Wed, 2008-02-27 08:42

i went there to flick SP's around on monday evening and caught whiting, baby snapper and fricken blowies.

fisheries should pay fisho's $2 for each kilo of dried dead blowies they hand in.  worked well in the black plague days with rat catchers,...

i could save up $$$ for an exxy trip in no time !

  

 

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not a bad idea!

Wed, 2008-02-27 08:56

not a bad idea!

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Agree Dasho

Wed, 2008-02-27 09:00

Tailor Marc has made a similar suggestion in the past. Hopefully this year's plague is just a phenomenon.

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Yep, instead of swanfish we

Wed, 2008-02-27 09:12

Yep, instead of swanfish we should have a "blowfish"

Whoever brings the most kg's of blowies wins!

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Wed, 2008-02-27 09:23

Might come up with a perize. I'd be happy to donate a trophy. Colin

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yea it was a good night...

Wed, 2008-02-27 11:25

lol we hope it was a stingray..otherwise it will be pretty disapointing if it was a mullaway!!!but it was huge!!!!
NO PAIN NO GAIN!!!

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Yeah it was great to catch up with you Troy

Wed, 2008-02-27 12:19

Next time we will stop one of those big trains.

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yeah for sure !! colin!!!

Wed, 2008-02-27 17:35

lol will bring a 200lb hand line!! lol
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Well, to add to the report.

Fri, 2008-02-29 08:17

Well, to add to the report. Last night people seemed to be getting a few herring on the south wall, behind aqua. Nothing much inside except people with a couple undersize  crabs and in one case, a 5cm pink snapper (!!!).

Fishing looked less than impressive, so we decided to have a sneaky night dive in the marina. The haul was 3 crab nets, one so new it was even shiny! My brother picked up an nice big occy, but it slipped out of my catch bag unnoticed at some point. We saw some morowongs, cobbler, buff bream, blowies, undersize crabs and other non-eaters.

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How big were the Morwongs and the cobbler

Fri, 2008-02-29 10:11

The cobbler are great eating - but have very posisonous spikes.

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Morowong would be over 30cm,

Fri, 2008-02-29 11:49

Morowong would be over 30cm, the coblers probably just under. Cobblers were pretty safe, not something you're going to tackle by hand with those spines.

 

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Hi till

Fri, 2008-02-29 12:27

I am assuming you are talking about Morwongs. That is interesting. Might be worth getting some rock crabs and baiting them up. Whereabouts were you diving in the marina?

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Morwong

Fri, 2008-02-29 14:43

What is a morwong?

If we can hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate.

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Description of Dusky Morwong

Fri, 2008-02-29 14:53

The Dusky Morwong can be recognised by its colouration. Adults are greyish to brownish grey above and whitish below. Immature fish are silvery with rows of orangish spots on the sides of the body. There are dark spots on the dorsal and caudal fins. Juveniles are deeper bodied. They are silvery with dark bands on the upper sides that extend through the dorsal fin.

It grows to 1.2 m in length.

The species occurs on inshore rocky reefs. Larvae are usually found in seagrass beds.

The Dusky Morwong is endemic to Australia. It has been recorded in the literature from the central coast of Victoria to south-western Western Australia.

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Went in @ the rock wall,

Fri, 2008-02-29 15:05

Went in @ the rock wall, (just under thno diving/spearfishing sign). From there we headed past dolphin show place, around that, down the length of the jetty, under the shops and out on the beach and then walked back via the car park.

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Thanks till

Fri, 2008-02-29 15:08

You sometimes get juvenile samson fish around that area.

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