Beach Fishing – Lower Yorke Penisular (South Australia)
The only course of action was to use the casting power of the rod for which it was specifically built. The outfit is based on an imported South African blank that is 13 feet of high modus graphite slung with Fuji SIC low-rider surf guides and a Daiwa Japanese model tournament casting spinning reel mounted in the low position. The bottom line of the outfit is that after countless hours of “Off the Ground” casting practice I could occasionally manage to send a sinker out over the 150 meter mark.
A slow five second count before setting the hooks allows the fish enough time to swallow the bait and almost always results in a good hook up. I came up solid and the fish continued to power out into deep water while I adjusted the drag to the desired pressure. This was the critical step as the 0.31mm diameter mono loaded on the reel was selected to maximize casting distance and not for beaching Jews. The fish had stopped and I removed the gaff from its ready position on the rod holder, clipped it to my belt, switched on my head lamp and made my way down to the shore break to play the fish. The head shakes were there and the fish took off for a second power run that most Jew do but something wasn’t quite right. I definitely wasn’t a ray, maybe a shark but most likely a Jew playing funny buggers. This fish was particularly good at turning sideways to use the rip within the channel to retake line but slowly the fish tired and the line level on the reel increased...>next