Sussex Inlet

What a great weekend down the south coast, our first night we were treated to very heavy winds and light rain, hoping the weather would blow itself out over night. We arose to a hazy morning with light moderate winds no rain at the lodge, all the boats headed out two boats headed straight to the artficial reefs across the bay, the wind however had other ideas with seas a little lumpy for small boats,  we headed for sheltered areas away from the wind, finding the rest of the boats already anchored or drift fishing.
Ken and I started drift fishing with bait and the odd soft plastic and  started getting action with bream, pinkies and flathead taking our baits, after our third long drift Ken’s rod bent double in the rod rest and started to peel line we both thought this was an OK fish on the end, after a few short runs it just became a dead weight, we knew it was a flattie, size was still unknown. Ken cautiously kept the pressure on and we final had a look at this fish, what a good flattie it was. After a second attempt at netting her, she was finally on board, a quick hook removal, onto the brag mat a quick photo she was released and swam off wondering what just happened. Measuring 71 cm and approx 2.7 Kg it was a good flattie for the boat. The other boats were catching fish with most of them being released due to there size.
Congrats to Mick, with his new Stacer bowrider, the fishos onboard caught fish on its first outing with Mick at the helm.
With the evening upon us we settled down for our usual BBQ, with great company, great food it was a fitting end to the day.
Chris, Michael and Alex headed out for an early start Sunday morning  with light winds again they came back with flatties ranging from 40-62 cm and a 45cm Tailor. Congrats to all fishos
Also congrats to Ken for adding his name to our perpetual trophy for the largest flathead of the trip.

    

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