David Barnes went fishing out off Martins Bay on Monday night. There were two of them fishing from a small boat and they decided to have a go at putting out their Boat Longline.
They caught five good sized snapper plus a most unusual catch on two of the hooks.
One hook came in with an unidentified part of a fish (possibly the lips?), and another hook came in with a complete eyeball from an unfortunate fish. Obviously it was looking too long at the bait.
Between the two fishermen they caught over 40 fish during the night including those on the longline.
They brought 15 home and released the rest. Interestingly all the fish were caught between midnight and daybreak on Tuesday.
David reports there was a huge run of fish around 5am. Only one fish was gut hooked out of all the fish caught, which is good news. David puts this down to using the Target Snapper Hooks.
One boat left Martins Bay around 6am and came back to the ramp by 9am, with no fish. This time of year is a great time to be fishing early in the morning or into the evening.
Fishing in bright, sunny conditions and clear water is generally not that productive as the fish become very shy at feeding. This rule usually applies in water less than 100 feet deep, unless you are fishing at the Mokohinaus or other deep water fishery.