( early morning starts on the Sunshine Coast are certainly worth getting up for)
6 months living my new home Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and I am only just now getting to know the local reef system and where to find a reef fish or 2 for the table..Those that have been following me for a while will know that kayak fishing for a feed of fresh fish from my local spots in NZ was a regular occurrence and easy to do.
(An evening result kayak fishing the shallows at my old local in NZ, fresh fish for the table)
What you may not know is it took me many trips over a 2 year period to work out where to find the fish, what techniques work best and all the rest of the little things you can only learn from time on the water in the same place. I am at that place again in my new home here on the Sunshine Coast finding my feet and getting to know the how to of hunter gathering a feed for the table.
(Fantastic table eating fish, Red Throat Emperor, undersized this time but now I know your here)
This trip off Maroochydore Beach targeting the close reefs early morning was only my 2nd time out looking for the local reef fish and I could not have been more please with the results. Fish were holding up on the reef and taking a bait every cast (pilchards worked well early before the sun got too high then the squid seemed to hook more fish, pilchards just got taken off to quickly)… not so interested in the plastics I had but I will try this more in the future as I am sure there will be a plastic that will work here
I know from experience that this time learning the new spot was time well spent for future hunter gathering session, I struggled to land a legal sized fish with my rigs but Warren who was with me landed a few for the table using a rig he knows works well on the snapper in this spot.
(Warren with one of the nice fish he took home for the table on this session)
This was a case of local knowledge knowing what works, my rigs which I used similar in NZ were slightly different to Warrens and only produced smaller species (including a cod thing that apparently taste like lobster but has poisonous spines… think I might leave that one). Regardless I was happy to have hooked a few fish and know I need to different things to entice the bigger fish. The Lowrance certainly showed there were bigger fish among the schools which was reflected by the boats nearby which had also landed some good eating fish..so its just a matter of more time on the water and I will be back to a diet of fresh fish 🙂
I fear another trip to the local tackle shop is in order to get my tackle right for next trip. I did manage to locate a heap of bait fish which resulted in me landing a number of Garfish to use as baits for my next trip out, landed them using a 15g slug lightly jigging just off the bottom.
Here are a few more pics from this great session here on the Sunshine Coast in my Viking Kayaks Profish Reload…My kids were waiting at the beach to see what Dad had gathered on his mornings fishing… I don’t like telling them I came home empty handed so look out fish I am on a mission…