We have some fantastic light tackle sport fishing right on the doorstep to the city, and it often intensifies the further afield you travel.
Big schools of pelagic species such as mackerel, tuna, trevally and queenfish routinely push large shoals of small bait fish to the surface and launch into a free for all. This white frothing maelstrom of fins and fangs is known locally as a ‘bust up’ and often results in multiple hookups and screaming reels. It’s quite common in the right conditions and you would be hard pressed to find a more exciting form of angling.
If the fish are not on the surface then other techniques are employed. Sounding fish down deep and jigging, or throwing poppers over reef pressure points are both very effective, as is fast trolling.
Fishing the blue water requires constant attention to your surrounds, even subtle indications like a slick on the surface or a single hovering bird can signal far more sinister activity under the waves.
Once locked into battle the fish will initially dictate terms, some tuna species reach speeds of over 80kph! With multiple hookups we see the ‘tuna dance’ unfold, an ungainly performance by anglers chasing their fish around the boat, other anglers and lines.
Loads of fun!
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