Novice Dhu Slayer with the help of fellow Fishwrecked Members.

 I have for years been a boat "Bread and Butter" fisherman,and there's nothing wrong with that- but have for a long time looked at the Pic's on here of better quality fish,and thought "if only one day!"

 Then last year Fishwrecked Member- Dale due to a shoulder injury, was selling some of his good quality rods and reels. I only brought one rod and reel, but it was much better than anything I had for boat fishing. It was the start -Thanks Dale.

Next there was that thing in the boat called a Sounder- Lowrance HDS5, nothing too flash. I had some idea(or at least I thought I did) how to use it, but had never bothered with it much for finding/catching herring and tailor over the years.

Another Fishwrecked Member after asking for his help,spent a couple of hours on a Sunday morning showing me the basic workings of the Sounder, and set the Sounder up so I could have a better understanding of what I was looking at when I turned it on -lol.

I was making progress ,but had no idea where to start looking for these better quality fish, big ocean out there in front of the boat ramp.

Again,asking for some help and guidance from another Fishwrecked Member, he suggested that I "buddy up" with him and follow him out to the "the deep" where he would show me the drifting style of fishing in 40 plus deep water.

On the day, he called them shit conditions- but it gave me a lot more confidance in boat handling skills with ocean swells and also with getting over sea sickness in wallowing swells- hopefully that improves and less human burly over the side.

A couple of days later he sent me some very helpful Waypoints, which would at least give me somewhere to start from-  "it's big ocean out there". Took me over and hour to put the Waypoints into the Sounder, most likely only take 10 minutes for anyone else- but I got there.

Which brings me to yesterday- checked weather,wind,swell reports - Monday was looking ok, as I've decided I will only venture "out wide" on a good low swell days. 

Did all the usual safety stuff- Sea Rescue login, I now wear a lifejacket and headed out following the Sounder Waypoint -which is a first for me.  I'm pretty sure the conditions would be called shit- but again how would I know!  Bloody Northerly wind out there, very choppy but at least the swell was low.

Got to the first Waypoint about 30 minutes from boatramp, after bashing out thru short sloppy wind driven chop.  I didn't bother with the Sonar, as advised and just concentrated on staying as close as I could in the conditions, on the Waypoints.

Had to hold the boat in gear, to stay onto the Waypoint as the Northerly wind increased- this is going to be shit I thought.

Well second drop and something bit hard, and yep my first Dhufish was caught, couldn't believe it! (hope the pic works on here)

And I'm still smiling on Tuesday morning.

And how nice are they on the dinner plate!

So, thanks to those very helpful Fishwrecked Members- you have made my year.




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Quality catch

Tue, 2020-06-09 08:22

Good on you mate !!!! Must catch up for a beer ! 

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 Good job, nice fish mate.

Tue, 2020-06-09 08:23

 Good job, nice fish mate. The start of your (like many of us) Dhufish obsession. 

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Great Catch.

Tue, 2020-06-09 08:26

 And tough conditions yesterday. On top of the NE wind there was a thumping tide from the north. Quickest drift I have seen. Floats were under in 40m.

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 Well done. Gaining the right

Tue, 2020-06-09 08:46

 Well done. Gaining the right info on everything is a start but you finished it off with nailing the fish. Long way from the ski. Time to update your pic


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 Good to see fella fishwreck

Tue, 2020-06-09 09:11

 Good to see fella fishwreck members helping othes out there. Well done.

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Nice buck

Tue, 2020-06-09 09:38

Few feeds there old fella.

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 Well done it's a great

Tue, 2020-06-09 10:09

 Well done it's a great feeling to get them top quality fish on board on your own. They are delicious too. 


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 Good work by all involved.

Tue, 2020-06-09 12:11

 Good work by all involved. Nice to hear a few positive stories. 

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 Well done!

Tue, 2020-06-09 12:11

 Well done!

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Happy days

Tue, 2020-06-09 12:58

 Happy days all round and a good 'team' effort.


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Best fishing site by far

Tue, 2020-06-09 13:09

With guys willing to help with everything fishing and boating related or not  

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 Great effort mate you've

Tue, 2020-06-09 14:54

 Great effort mate you've done well but dont worry to much if you drift off  that way point , I've  caught some / most of my fish from drifting  past  places / ground  that i have marked earlier  before from sounding around 


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Bigger boat

Tue, 2020-06-09 16:05

look out Moking you’ll get the Dhuie bug. Catch to many more and you’ll be wanting to get a bigger boat and then a bigger sounder and seperate gps and then you need a bigger car to pull the boat , the list goes on all because of one Dhuefish. 

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 That's funny Alpha-

Tue, 2020-06-09 19:49

 That's funny Alpha- considering I havn't had a vehicle to tow the boat to the Ramp for awhile.  That's another story......

I didn't mention that a very kind Fishwrecked Member has been lending me his vehicle so I can get the boat to the Ramp- thanks mate!

Cheers for all the comments.


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 Congrats, first of many

Tue, 2020-06-09 16:14

 Congrats, first of many

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Great job

Tue, 2020-06-09 20:23

Yes ,once you get the Dhu bug it becomes necessary to go hunting often; it's funny how it only takes one fish to make a great day out; when I go fishing I reckon the preparation is everything and a positive mental attitude makes the difference at the end of the day.

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Tue, 2020-06-09 23:11

 Thats what its all about, great fish that im sure will make you smile for many days yet


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Good on you Allan

Wed, 2020-06-10 15:11

 Mate, stoked for you. Good to see you getting out and about. Yeah, Fishwrecked is how we met when I put a post up about leaving my car and trailer somewhere close to Palm beach while I went to Rotto overnight. You offered me a spot on your driveway and I was super greatful. Its a great forum and people are happy to help.

Snapper season coming up so I expect to see you out and about.. 

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  G'day Joe- Thanks for

Thu, 2020-06-11 07:06

  G'day Joe- Thanks for comments.

Yes , I'll be out there looking for snapper,especially after the winter storms.


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Stinky pinks

Thu, 2020-06-11 08:11

Dhues now Moking . Freeze better /taste better.

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 Thanks LJ.  Next week is

Thu, 2020-06-11 10:12

 Thanks LJ.  Next week is looking good!



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 Great stuff and good to see

Wed, 2020-06-10 15:14

 Great stuff and good to see all those FW members helping out another member!

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 Nice one. Looks like a

Thu, 2020-06-11 03:32

 Nice one. Looks like a decent size tub you got there. What boat is it if you don't mind?

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  I brought a used Stacer 539

Thu, 2020-06-11 10:46

  I brought a used Stacer 539 Baymaster. I wanted something that would fit in the average size garage/carport and not weigh over 1 ton.

 Nice size boat and can be towed behind the family SUV.  Easy solo launch and retrieve after I brought one of Ian's winches.


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Fri, 2020-06-12 22:06

Good to see you’re expanding your horizons Alan.


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