Spears and Blacks Galore!

January 03, 2016 by Trevor Hansen

Trip Info

The Catch
Spearfish (Shortbill)
Marlin (Black)

Have fallen behind in my reports due to the awesome weather after the new year and some flat out fishing.
Heres some of the action as posted on FB. 

02 Jan

What a magic first day on the ocean for 2016 - flat calm and a light breeze. Pity the fishing was very slow but we managed a Spearfish release and cruised the ocean enjoying the awesome weather, a treat after what we have been through this season. Water was off colour in the main area so no blues in shallow but two Blues were raised by other boats in the deep but didnt stick. Reel Magic also released a Spear.A flag on the first outing of the year is always good!! 

03 Jan

Our first day on the ocean for 2016 was magic and the second got even better. Perfect weather and 2 releases before 8.30 am!! With a Black and a Spear release we chose to go deep and look for a Grand Slam on another Blue release. In a normal season it would have been something that would have been easily achievable,but we did so knowing that it was not going to be easy with the current lack of Blues. The bait and life on the ocean was amazing yesterday with Bonito busting all over the Castle area and Yellowfin on the 500m line. Had we stayed on the shallow side we would definitely have connected with another Black as was evident on the radio with multiple hook ups all the way up to St Lucia.
However if we had connected with a Blue it would have been an amazing day for Neels with an angler and a boat Grand Slam, so it was a no brainer to go big. Unfortunately it didnt happen, but it sure was a great 2nd day out there for 2016.
Sadly it was my last day for a while as its time to go home and see my family. Been a very tough first half of the season and its such a pity that the weather has only now decided to play its part, somewhat late but very welcome.

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