Dampier Offshore Fishing for Golden Trevally

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Dated: 21st August 2005
Location: Australia/Western Australia /Pilbara Region/Karratha-Dampier
From our Karratha-Dampier Fishing Correspondent Luke Groen
Dampier Offshore Fishing for Golden TrevallyDampier Offshore Fishing for Golden Trevally
Again Myself, William, his G/F Jay and their friend Kirriliee decided to go out in exploration of a new area we had never fished before.

The wind had settled in and was blowing a good 15-20 knots for the trip out, fortunately we were mostly sheltered by the islands next to us. We were about 1 mile from our destination and we couldnít go very fast due to the wind so we decided to throw out the lures and troll for the rest of the way. We didnít get a single touch on the lures so we pulled them in and looked for a place to fish.

We didnít know what to expect when we found a slow sloping bank so we threw the anchor over to see what would happen. Like usual we got the berley happening and continued to fish.

After a wait of approximately 20 minutes a small Mackerel decided to take my bait! We got him off the line and released it back into the water.

My rod was only just placed in the rod holder when the ratchet on my Trinidad bellowed out the glorious growl that we all like to hear. I clunked the old girl into gear and held on! It didnít feel very big because it wasnít taking much line, but than again it did feel big because I couldnít get him closer to the boat! After a 10-minute tug and war battle a Golden Trevally of 15kg was getting its photo taken and placed back into the water.

No one's bait had been touched in a while so we decided to got to a rocky area and try for something for dinner!

We found a secluded little place sheltered by the surrounding islands with fish action on the sounder 4 meters below us. At first we didnít catch much, we had plenty of nibbles from small fish. We had only managed an undersize Coral Trout when my bait was taken by something much bigger! Because we were only in 4 meters of water it was literally 2 winds of the handle before a very angry 65cm Coral Trout was flopping on the deck of the boat. We were surprised to say the least!

Unfortunately it was short lived and we didnít haul anything else worth mentioning off this place so we all decided to go home. Iíd like to thank William for taking me out again! ...Luke Groen