Snuck out on ANZAC day for a bit of an explore with a friend I have been promising a dolphin tour to for ages. Given the boat traffic I figured fishing the bay would be a waste of time but of course took a bunch of rods anyway and hit the water at first light.
The bay was glassed out and shot out to peel and dropped some lures on a reef on the south for a while for nothing but a grinner so decided to follow the tide up onto the flats.
As I approached a rock bar my first cast landed me a just shy of legal snapper on a cultiva sp which was fun, the next 3 casts all accounted for a different species and fish also. Firstly a Grass tusky, then a black spotted estuary cod followed by a bream just over 30cm. Cracking start!!
I continued around the mangroves and managed a tailor of about 50cm on the bream gear too followed by a stonker bream of 35cm fork. As I followed some schooling mullet around I saw a large silhouette follow my small diver and its mouth open wide. The fish turned its head before the boat without grabbing the hooks and followed by three of his mates cruised by. 4 Kingfish in 1.5m of water at peel!!! My heart was pumping and I threw some larger stickbaits around for no joy but was awesome to witness anyway.
I then headed over to goat and managed 2 more smallish cod and a squid before moving to dunwich. We saw some dolphins on the way which got that responsibility off my chest. Ellie also managed her first fish ever with a respectable flathead. I nailed another squid (on a bream lure hah) and we decided to go for a swim at the passage. On the way home we spotted a few dugongs to finish things off.
Overall ended up with 15 fish of 11 species and 2 squid! Good day considering the traffic.