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With the lesson learnt, I reached over for my light 10kg spin rod matched up with a brand new Stradic 5000 and I rigged up a slug. In doing so, I managed to draw the attention of Peter and Carlo who both wished me well followed by lots of laughter and other smart remarks that shouldn’t be written. With a point to prove now and theadded motivation, I dropped the slice down and began the retrieve which was interrupted almost instantly.

After a few happy snaps, a quick manoeuvre and we were ready for the next round, although this was cut short as Peter was bitten off on the drop. My lure made it to the bottom and as I began my retrieve the lure was belted several times over, but failed to hook up. As my lure neared the surface, I stopped the retrieve and attempted to send the metal slice to the bottom once more... but the lure failed to drop. Somewhat confused, I began to bring the 80lb braided line in to realise I had been bitten off and my leader was shredded some 20cm up from the bite off, obviously the fish had been tailing my lure from the depths      

                A lesson in bluewater jigging   page 2

                 By Josh Behrend    NQ Fish & Boat Magazine Townsville

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The rod buckled over and my little Stradic’s drag screamed for the first time as the fish took a line-burning run. Peter and Carlo both stopped to watch, heckling all the way, as I helplessly held onto the rod watching as the 30lb braid burned out through the guides. I began to think that I may be a little under-gunned for this fight... Showing confidence in my outfit, I tightened the drag and began to slowly retrieve bits of line through very short pumps. My attention soon turned to Peter who managed to get his line down and also hooked up to a mackerel. Soon the pair of us were pacing up and down the side of the boat as we tried to avoid line twist. Peter’s 4kg fish was the first to be gaffed while my fish was slowly getting closer to the boat. I led the fish towards Carlo, who was ready with gaff in hand, and on the second attempt the respectable 10kg Spanish mackerel was brought on board ready for some happy snaps.

My drag’s screaming was soon accompanied by Pete’s drag; he’d also managed a hook up on his first drop. Carlo was soon un-hooking two juvenile Spanish mackerel boat-side. The next drop saw another double-hook-up. This time Peter’s fish wasn’t coming up as easily, but my undersize Spanish was soon unhooked and sent on its way. Meanwhile Peter still battled with a fish that continued to take long, powerful runs. The fish was eventually subdued and Carlo securely gaffed the fish, bringing the 6kg Spanish Mackerel on board.