I know that I have not been posting for some time now. Been busy with work & 'trying' to catch some decent fish.
Bops, I took your advice & went fishing the day after I spoke with you.
I went to Sharjah break waters this time as Dubai fishing isnt so great at the moment.
Didnt manage anything significant, just a hamour (rock cod) @ 2kg & a whole lot of smaller stuff like dory snappers, sheri (spangler emperor).
The interesting part of this trip was the fish that followed the lures, but didnt hit it. A MJ followed the lure right to @ 4-5 feet from where I was standing. That crazy chap kept following the lure all over the place & kept comming back. Something like a pet dog. My friends Kit & Chua (Tackle bloke) were also there at that time.....we changed lures (all the possible types & finally bade good bye to the fish & left)
2 days later I went back to that spot (we had 4 days hols for EId).
I did manage to get @ 6 barracudas & some smaller stuff again. The most interesting thing was another angler testing his skill @ 20 mtrs from me.
He ended up catching a cobia.....nice decent size. I would estimate the weight to be @ 25kg.
This is proof enough that the big guys are in.
(Caught by another angler)
Last 2 weekends I have spent at Dubai Marina. Nothing significant again...but it did get me thinking....I actually still am thinking.
I was spinning & spinning, tried various types of lures for @ 1 hr & then got bored. I decided to set up the bait runner (6000series) & hope to get something there.
I had 20lb mono on the reel, with a 30lb yo-zuri fluoro leader, set the hook @ 3 feel from the lead (3oz) & cast.
I then decided to go back to spinning. Before I could cast my lure, I could hear my baitrunner gooooooooooo.............. Phew ! It sounded like someone accelerating on a bike.....I cranked the handle & struck......there was no way I could slow this down. It was a few seconds later that I realised that I was getting spooled out. I tightened the drag a bit more, but I still couldnt slow it down.
The 'CREATURE' (I still dont know what it was) was now @ 200mtrs away & I barely had @ 50m left......so I tightened the drag a little more & it broke free
Chua was just laughing his Butt out...saying that for the first time he has ever seen me panic......I'm sure it must have been quite amusing.
anyway, I went there again last saturday @ 5am (the moon was still out). seemed like full moon. I cast my rapala X-rap, blue sardine & on the 3rd throw something hit.....hit really hard...it felt a jolt & it was gone. the drag wasnt all that tight & the line was 30lb fire line (yellow) I usually dont even use a wire as its near impossible to bite through the line (I spent 2 mins chewing through my line to test it & couldnt even get my teeth impression on it)
I changed lures cast for some time, but didnt get anymore action. I then switched to rubber shads & managed to get it all chewed up after a good fight. (actually very dissappointing for me)
In the end I managed just one Barracuda (@ 4kg) & some snappers.
However, I did see a turtle surface @ 3 times in 1 hour, in the area that I was initially fishing. A damn big guy.When it stuck its head out & coughed, I thought that it was a man swimming....
but then noticed the shell.
I could have probably been the turtle that hit the lures, but I guess I wont really know.
I did speak to a friend who dives in that area. he did mention that his friends go spear fishing & that big king fish @ 1mr - 1.5mtr have started coming there.
All in all its been really frustrating time, but I hope to get back at the finned guys. Lets see what this coming week has in store for me.