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Pumpkin Island Trout


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Gday all :)

I have all ways wanted to land a coral trout and experience their brute force for ever. since my bday came around again me and a mate mick decided to head to pumpkin island and have a crack at them. I finished work last thursday at 2:30pm and we headed off up the coast. we arrived at Rosslyn marina at mid night and started flicking around the ramps til light, we did not manage a strike :(

first light and the wind was blowing 20-25 knots e/se so our plans to hit the islands was called off for now and we played around the marina rock walls to get out of the wind and swell. first fish up was a lil cod

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followed by a cod for mick

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we then found some small bust ups and started flicking blades and plastics at them, turns out to be a heap of small trevs and queenies, we had a ball with these fellas for a few hours catching and releasing

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we went and set up camp at emu park and fished coorooman creek for the arvo, here we managed tiny bream, grunter and cod i all so had a home made lure smashed and only had a bib left after an epic crunching run..

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Day 2

the wind was 10-15 e/se so we headed over to the islands, first stop Square rocks flicking sp's around, we managed some lil honeycomb cod

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and when we moved in close i fired a shot right into the rocks, i wound about 1 mtr and the reel started screamingzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz stop doh i was bricked, i relaxed the line for a second and off it went again, a short battle and up pops my first trout :woohoo: :woohoo: i was over the moon, and in shock from the power of the fish for its size on 30lb ..

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we moved over to pumpkin island and we started working the shallow reefs and straight away mick was onto his first trout :woohoo:

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we continued getting the trout and the trout were getting us as well :lol: was spectacular visual strikes..

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we changed tactics and threw on some big hard bodies and started trolling the cliff face on the eastern side of pumpkin in hope of mackies, on the first pass my xrap was nailed by another nice trout in 7 mtrs of water, he was a bit more red.

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then mick was onto a lil mack on his rmg

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not the size we were after or the right species of mack :silly: but still a mack.. we fished for most of the day playing with lil cod and getting done by trout in the shallows..

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we kept 4 trout for the next few nights dinner and omg its sooooo yum :P

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day 3

seen 30+ winds and rain so a day of rest and see what happens monday, we wake up to strong winds and heavy rain, the local systems turned milky so a decision was made to head south to gladstone, here we played at benaraby for flathead and cod lol

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day 4

calliope river for a stone fish and more small cod

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It seems like you have at least 2 birthday holidays a year ya lucky sod :P:lol:

Congrats on the trout. No-one I know has ever mentioned that they go hard before, they all just rave about the eating quality.

Good trip and report. Happy birthday. :kiss: :silly:

(by my calculations you should be about 58 ? lol)

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It seems like you have at least 2 birthday holidays a year ya lucky sod :P:lol:

Congrats on the trout. No-one I know has ever mentioned that they go hard before, they all just rave about the eating quality.

Good trip and report. Happy birthday. :kiss: :silly:

(by my calculations you should be about 58 ? lol)

:lol::lol: cheers mate , the initial strike and run for cover is intense, mind you its in 1 mtr of water in some narly reef and rocks lol
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thanks all for the bday wishes

K.A.F it took ten hours with road works and a stop at benaraby to stretch the legs and flick some lures before the last leg of the trip, we encountered 8 sets of traffic lights from gin gin to benaraby :blink: lol

sehrguht its about 16klms from rosslyn, very easy trip in the right conditions in a small tinny.. i am upgrading my hull for the next trip in may so i can handle the 20knot winds a bit easier, plus i plan on staying on the island next trip, heaps of protection from the wind there !

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