| fish’n’tip 0587 dreamer meets messiah by gary dixon with rob paxevanos
Dated: 2 June, 2011
|The Motley Crew, R to L, Gary Dixon, Daniel Bartley, and Mark Flynn. |
Rob’s weekly FISH’N’TIP 0587 written for the week of Wednesday 1/6/2011
This week, keen fisho Gary Dixon details a first hand account of his wonderful fishing experience at Narooma.
On a recent morning, I rose from the sheets in the wee small hours of daybreak to go on another Fishing expo. I grabbed up all my gear and with my newly bought Fishing Australia 12’ surf rod stick and some more (never ending) knowledge I was sure to bring in a bag full.
I wasn’t used to the new rod yet, and the cast landed without proper direction, but, fortunately I was chomped by a huge 4-5 kg Salmon which had me cheering and jumping around the rocks as par usual.
The fish was too big I thought to simply pull up with gusto so I dragged it onto the rock shelf below. I immediately dropped the rod and jumped down to retrieve it.
Just as I placed my hand on the beast wouldn’t you know it a wave came and low and behold the line cut on the rock and away the fish went. Oh damn! I said to myself and drenched by a wave all for nothing.
That’s fishing I said to myself under a guise of disgust. Anyway, I went back to my fish box and grabbed another three ganger hook and sinker (thanks Dash from Complete Angler in Narooma for the advice of the rig setup).
As I went to tie on the new rig, looking down at the rocks, there lay the big Salmon washed higher up the rock shelf!
I could not believe what I was seeing. I quickly dropped everything and jumped down and grabbed the beast with an iron grip and took it up the rocks-Yippee I yelled to no one!
I felt so happy with my luck I went back to show and share the beast with the group of local fisho experts who were pumped for a big fishing weekend.
I didn’t know much about the boy’s who I later named “THE MOTLEY CREW” except to say I did a bit of bragging re my great catch and we all exchanged jovial banter about who was going to be Top Gun, The Dreamer, or the Messiah when we went for a fish later that evening.
The Motley Crew boy’s Mark Flynn aka Dreamer, Dean Barber aka Sleeper, Dave Bartley aka Top Gun and his son Daniel Bartley aka Novice and I aka Messiah then set about preparing for the next morning.
I knew I was well out of my depth so I got down to the spot a little earlier than discussed. Alas, I was having no success and within 3 casts the boys had arrived and wasted no time getting their lines wet.
Within minutes Mark Flynn aka Dreamer had an almighty behemoth 4-5kg Salmon landed safe and sound with consummated ease.
Next, Dave Bartley lands a Salmon of the same size without any gusto or attention. Next, Mark Flynn had landed another fish this time a monster Tailor, again with consummate ease.
I recast with some squid Mark gave me, when bang at the same time Dave Bartley has hammered a huge Salmon which had took a run directly under my line and across Dreamer’s line.
Then, Dreamer says he is on and I looked to see a huge Bream and, Dave’s Salmon darting around my line. You must be kidding I thought to myself.
I had to stop fishing to help, and somehow in the mayhem both fish were landed.
I got to retrieve my rig without a fish and was feeling pretty used up and shocked at what was happening. And then, to finally rub salt into the wound, young Daniel Bartley pulls in one of the biggest Trevally I have seen (45 cm!).
I take my hat of to “The Motley Crew” they were very humble wining fisho’s from whom I learned a lot. It was truly a FUN morning fishing session! I did manage to land the smallest catch of the day a Tailor so I guess I am still The Novice Fisho.
My applause goes out to Mark Flynn who has been renamed the Messiah, until our next battle, and Dave Bartley is still Top Gun. As for Dean Barber well lets just say he still keeps his tag as The Sleeper, he slept in:)!
In the meantime if you try the rocks please watch for those rogue waves, that’s one thing I am not inexperienced at, having snorkeled around the wash for much of my life.
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