The boat seems to glide over a silky smooth surface of the water, just as the red glow of the sun begins to light up the sky.
We are heading out to our favourite couple of marks about 6 mile out to sea at a depth of around 36 fathoms, our weapons of choice for today are Daiwa rods, and big fish is what we are hoping to find.
As we head out I decide to hang a couple of X-rap lures out the back to see if we could stir up a few Mackerel or yellow fin tuna as we cross several smaller reef sections on the way to our main mark.
The silver bodied X-rap lure would have to be my favorite of the Rapala lures I use, as I always seem to get plenty of attention when I use it, it has a couple of teeth marks down the side from some earlier near misses.
The Daiwa Rods I have on board for trolling are the Saltiga G Boat rods, the matchup of quality parts on these rods gives them greater strength and lifting power to be able to control powerful fish. Daiwa rod’s and big fish are a perfect match up!
It’s time to get the gear sorted for when we hit our mark, so I’m ready to drop the bottom bashing gear as soon as we drift on to the fish.
The deck hand calls out to the skipper that were on, and he slows the boat top allow us to start winding in the catch, it feels relatively tiny and there is no definite head shakes, like you get from a good sized Mackerel or Wahoo, as I wind to the leader I catch a flash of silvery blue which is a sure sign it’s only a Mac Tuna from a small school we probably drove past as they fed on the smaller bait fish on the surface.
Not a very good eating fish but works well as strip bait for snapper and kingfish, nothing better than bait this fresh so we’ll put them in the ice for later.
Skipper sets us back on course and we let our lures out the back for another try for some better eating fish this time.
You can start to see a light ruffle on the surface of the ocean now as a light south easterly wind picks up, the forecast is pretty good for the rest of the week, so I’m sure a little bit of breeze on no more than a meter of swell is going to bother us too much today.
We are nearly on our marks now so we wind in the trolling gear as the skipper starts to have a look around on the sounder for a decent patch of fish, he is pretty sure he has a spot so we get organized for our first drop.
I’m integrating another Daiwa Saltiga rod with one of Daiwa’s Saltiga lever drag 2 speed fishing reels .
If you are chasing big fish like we are today you need a reel like this one, that will handle serious strength braided line, as well as mono in certain circumstances.
Skipper positions us and we drop our lines in all set to drift over our first mark.
The reason I use Daiwa gear is I know that when I get hooked up onto some big fish that my equipment is not going to let me down.
You want to have the confidence and power from your gear if you run into a good school of kingfish and you need the capacity to haul it up fast to avoid it dragging your line into the reef and cutting you off. Having poor quality gear is not something I like taking chances with in situations like that.
I’ll fill you in on what happens in the next post but for now if you want more information on the Fishing tackle I use click the link.