The day stared hot sweaty but positive as per most days out here. The team was Robin (Mr Daiwa) Tom (Welsh power!) and moi and captained by Ryan.
We were heading for the Kingfish Hole with crabs for permit and bait and lures for whatever else shows up.
We found the permit but had to settle for 1 for 5, the one being expertly brought to the boat before the nasty custards could get to it by Robin with a locked down drag and a bloody good Daiwa spinning rod and reel combo of course! The rest were all nailed by sharks judging by the take and the resulting bite off marks.
We then decided that feeding the sharks was not what we were here to do and so a move to the shallow wrecks was decided on.
The first few wrecks were devoid of anything apart from some cudas which we had some fun on and the Robin caught the familiar dark shape of a massive cuda which you sometimes see once the smaller cudas have come into the lures. He cast a livebait out and began a patient wait occasionally stimulating the live bait to flash its side which often triggers a take. Bang it’s on and the fish surged away after a huge jump and some worrying times around the anchor rope we were able to chin it out and the cheers went up. We couldn’t weigh it and being such a large cuda we wanted to get it back to its home so some photos and that was a PB for Mr Daiwa… estimated at close to 30lb. It had me gagging to nail a biggee myself. Tom and I were nailing the smaller cudas on lures and cuda tubes, a strange lure that is very basic and easy to fish lure but incredibly deadly for cudas.
On to the final mark after a rocky trip away from the shallow wrecks which had my legs and hands cramping holding on, followed by a cruise through the shallows at the Marquesas with Robin and Tom taking turns to stand on the T-top looking for the permit.
Unfortunately this spot revealed absolutely no fish (very unusual!) and so we knew of one last wreck where we could wet a line before calling it quits. We quickly steamed over to the northwest corner wreck where we had seen fish on a few days earlier and once again Robin threw out a livebait and was soon attached to the monster of the wreck. An absolute giant of a barracuda with a stark black top and sparkling silver sides. It had a head with teeth that needed to be seen to be believed. Jumping close to the boat we were in awe of its power and ferociousness of it fight. Needless to say Ryan was also able expertly chinned the fish by hand and we were able to again take photos and return this marvellous creature. Estimated at 30lb plus Robin had smashed his PB yet again!!!!!
A fitting end to our holiday and a well deserved fish to a cracking chap….
I’m not coming out next year but I reckon the memories I now have and the good laughs I’ve had with all the ship mates will keep me in good stead.
It’s been amazing…