With a perfect forecast & some mates up from Sydney & Brisbane the plan was to head up the island in search of snapper -
It didn't take Nath long to hook up at our first spot with plenty of tea leaf trevally & Watson leaping bonito ...
With only the one snapper - we headed out wider off Roonies for a look . There was plenty of bait & we got a few Mac tuna & lost a lovely mackerel over a metre at the boat when it finally bit me off !
At 11.45 am I hooked up to what was to become one of the toughest battles I have had in a long time ! After a series of big head shakes - it took off like a freight train with Nath taking the wheel and chasing it for me before I lost too much line.
I was defiantly under gunned on snapper gear - G.Loomis GLX 852 - Shimano Stella 4000 FE - 20lb Power Pro braid with 20lb Fluorocarbon leader !
2 1/2 hours late - At 1.6 metres in length and a conservative estimate of 40Kgs - it's anmazing a fish this size would eat a 2/0 jig head with 145mm Squidgy Flick bait - In Pillie colour !
After a bit of revival she ( Or he ? ) swam off quite strongly and hopefully feels better today than I do !
I have to say a BIG thanks to my mate Nath for his support during the fight as there where times I just didn't think we where gunna win
AWESOME fish - Scotto
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