Heading back north, it was our turn for a good day on KEKOA with 4 from 5 including two big fish. Starting out early with the bite from a very solid blue less than 10 minutes out of the anchorage, sadly the line parted ways. Two more smaller blues were to follow before lunch before we put the baits back in on the edge at 4:30. It wasn’t very long after when Jason “The Hass” Hassett was hooked up to the first of the big blacks with a fish that Capt. Luke Fallon put at 900lbs to the boat in 25mins. Without much time to recuperate, Hass was on again, just a short time after the baits went back in the water with another fish that Luke put at 900lbs again giving us a aerobatic display with the circle int he corner of the jaw, and giving Hass the big workout with the fight lasting over an hour before she could be released.
Capt. Simon Carosi on Reel Chase put the other of the young twin boys onto a smaller marlin before following up with another big fish at 850lbs for Tommo. Capt. Tim Richardson on Tradition also released two smaller models and missed a mid-ranger.
While I haven’t heard directly again due to the lousy internet/phone service on the reef this year, I did hear on the grapevine that Capt. Brent James’ Mauna Kea also released four including three smaller models and a big one. Capt. Dean Beech’s Onsite likewise released a big fish and Capt. Brett Goetze’s Amokura also released a nice one. I hear that the Hook N Bull fought another potential women’s record on 30lbs for several hours yesterday for the second day and a row before.
Jason wanted me to remind everyone that today is Remembrance Day here in Aus – Lest We Forget.
(By the way, I’m having trouble getting online once the people in the remote communities wake up – too many users for the limited resources I think – so I’m publishing reports quite early before I lose signal, and then adding to them if I can get the connection throughout the morning until about 8am. So if you’re an early reader, check back because you might find more added later!)