There is nothing as good as heading out to sea on a crystal clear morning just as the sun starts to peak over the horizon.
The boat seems to glide over a silky smooth surface of the water, just as the red glow of the sun begins to light up the sky.
Our weapons of choice today are Daiwa Rods, and we are heading to a couple of my favorite fishing marks, at a depth of about 70 meters or so, chasing the big fish.
On our way to our destination we cross a number of other small reefs along the way so I decide to troll a couple of Rapala X-rap Magnum fishing lures out the back in the hope of picking up a Mackerel or even a yellow fin tuna.
My favorite one of these lures is the silver body with the red head, this lure has done me proud quite frequently and there are a few teeth marks in the paint work down the side of the body from a few near misses as well
The rods I have on board for trolling on today's little venture, are both Daiwa rods, the Saltiga G Boat series, the quality components gives greater strength, lifting power and control over even the most powerful fish. They are a great combination, Daiwa Rods and big fish!
It's time to get the gear sorted for when we hit our mark, so I'm ready to drop the bottom bashing gear as soon as we drift on to the fish.
The deck hand calls out to the skipper that were on, and he slows the boat top allow us to start winding in the catch, it feels fairly small and there is no definite head shakes, like you get from a good sized Mackerel or Wahoo, as I wind to the leader I catch a flash of silvery blue which is a sure sign it's only a Mac Tuna from a small school we probably drove past as they fed on the smaller bait fish on the surface.
Not particularly very good eating fish, but as fresh bait for a larger Kingfish or snapper, it's well worth keeping on ice and cutting some strips off afterwards
Skipper sets us back on the right course and we let our lures out the back for another try for some better eating fish this time.
You can start to see a light ruffle on the surface of the ocean now as a light south easterly wind picks up, the forecast is pretty good for the rest of the week, so I'm sure a little bit of breeze on no more than a meter of swell is going to bother us too much today.
We are nearly on our marks now so we wind in the trolling gear as the skipper starts to have a look around on the sounder for a decent patch of fish, he is pretty sure he has a spot so we get organized for our first drop.
I’m pairing another Daiwa Saltiga rod with one of Daiwa’s Saltiga lever drag 2 speed fishing reels .
These reels handle both mono and serious strength braid for when you are chasing big fish like we are today.
Were begin to drift over our mark, as skipper puts us in position, and we drop our lines for our first attempt to catch something big, from the school of fish we noticed on the sounder earlier.
I mostly use Daiwa gear these days because I know I can rely on it if I get hooked up on a good sized fish, and it won't fail me.
You want to have the confidence and power from your gear if you find a good school of kingfish and you need the capacity to haul it up fast to avoid it dragging your line into the reef and cutting you off. I don’t like taking those sort of risks with just any fishing gear.
I’ll fill you in on what happens in the next post but for now if you want more information on the Salt water fishing gear click the link