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Monday Port Noarlunga adventure for Salmon

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My Monday adventure starts off from Sunday nights weather forecast of 22C and moderate Northerly winds – more wind than I like !!  However, on waking this morning and looking out the window there was not a breeze of air – weather forecasters get it wrong again, but good for me.

 

So during the night, I am kept awake assessing the plan for the fishing day.  I was contemplating going to Waits/Parsons but also maybe hitting up Southport.  In the end I couldn’t be bothered going all the way to Waits/Parsons  â€“ sort of ‘over the area’ at the moment.

 

So Southport it is, (not knowing that the day would bring a torn stitching from the clip in my waders, a treble hook becoming a single hook and 2 lost lures) .  The webcam shows lovely conditions so parked the car and off by 9.30am.

 

Once I arrived near Southport I noticed an Australian Flag in someone’s yard that was blowing with all its glory – yes, there was a Northerly more than my home surrounds had indicated – but once on the beach it was not so bad.

 

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River mouth was not looking very clean (but looked great by the end of the day)

 

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I parked South of the Pt Noarlunga surf club and strolled down to the water edge and lured towards the jetty first of.

Not much there so turned around and headed towards Southport.  It was uneventful with no fish as yet, but I need to remember to always check that the reel bail is opened before I cast !!

First lure sent flying. 

 

So set up with my Mr Reliable.

 

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Just before the Surf club I received a hit and a nice just under 1kg / 37cm Salmon was proudly in the bag.  A few casts and 2 decent sized ST’s about 27cm to go with it.  Another cast saw my rod bend nicely but a lost ‘Salmon’ in the shallows was the result.  

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 But I now notice that my Mr Reliable lure has a single hook instead of the treble hook.  Did the lost fish break it off?  So a quick lure change but nothing more happens.

 
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Down to the mouth for no more hits and then a slow walk back towards the jetty.

 

As no other fish hit the lure it was time for lunch – and I had packed a nice gourmet lunch at that.

 

Gourmet multigrain bread with vegemite, a 2016 bottle of Adelaide tap water and 2 homegrown mandarins.  A well deserved luncheon.

 

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Whilst eating my lunch I am continually scanning the water for any passing shadows, but none where forth coming.

 

I now decided to take a treble hook from another lure on put it on Mr Reliable and attaching the left over single hook at the lure nose.

 

So back to the water and repeating the same as in the morning.  Lure towards the jetty and then turn and head towards Southport.

 

When near the jetty I noticed a guy with rod in hand walking along the jetty towards the shallows and dragging a fish along the water. Obviously a heavy fish as he didn’t want to pull it up.  Once near the shallows I offered my help to drag his line on to the beach.  He had caught a Port Jackson shark.

 

After my help, off to Southport again but no action at all.  By the time I got to Southport there were half a dozen fishos in the area but no-one seemed to be catching anything especially as it was near high tide now.

 

I positioned myself just North of the surf club and starting getting good hits and was retrieving some good fish weight. Five lost fish was the result. For some reason they were not staying hooked and they just threw the hook close to shore.

 

Then I was devastated.  On retrieving a cast the line went soft!  My Mr Reliable had come off.  The swivel had opened up and the lure had dropped off – what am I going to do now without Mr Reliable

 

RIP Mr Reliable

 

 

So a change of lure, and by now it is 4.30 so headed back towards the jetty to head home.

 

So a long day in the area for a few fish but well worth it being outdoors and wetting the line.

 

Tomorrow I off to get more lures !!!

 

Ps: anyone know best way of stitching strap back onto waders?

 

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Take your waders into your nearest motor trimmer to get re-stitched,and I reckon for no more than a few $$$, you will be on your way in no time, best check the other stitching as well, might be useful to perhaps get the other stitching redone while you are there..."just in-case"

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Great report & pics doobie, it's a real downer when one loses a favorite lure that's for sure..  lovely area Southport, and lovely weather conditions too, at least you managed a feed.

 Yes a motor trimmer or a boot maker will fix them for you.. 

 

cheers

Adrian

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you should be able to find Mr Reliable at the Tackle shop.......they sell such things  :P

                                          cheers b

 

What !!!!.........someone found him and is reselling him ?  Knew I should have put a "if found" message :)

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you should be able to find Mr Reliable at the Tackle shop.......they sell such things  :P

                                          cheers b

 

What !!!!.........someone found him and is reselling him ?  Knew I should have put a "if found" message :)

 

 

Mr Reliable looks like a Kamashark lure that's lost its top coat of paint. Great little lures, I love mine and the price is right, unfortunately they're getting hard to source. Last time I was at FW I bought most of what they had left. The pink/orange one is my favourite.

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you should be able to find Mr Reliable at the Tackle shop.......they sell such things  :P

                                          cheers b

 

What !!!!.........someone found him and is reselling him ?  Knew I should have put a "if found" message :)

 

 

Mr Reliable looks like a Kamashark lure that's lost its top coat of paint. Great little lures, I love mine and the price is right, unfortunately they're getting hard to source. Last time I was at FW I bought most of what they had left. The pink/orange one is my favourite.

 

 

I reckon that is the one.  

 

I'll need to see if FW have any (driving past tomorrow), if not, I'll pay you double what you paid for them - less used discount, less old stock discount, less S&H member discount = about $2 each :)

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you should be able to find Mr Reliable at the Tackle shop.......they sell such things :P

cheers b

What !!!!.........someone found him and is reselling him ? Knew I should have put a "if found" message :)

Mr Reliable looks like a Kamashark lure that's lost its top coat of paint. Great little lures, I love mine and the price is right, unfortunately they're getting hard to source. Last time I was at FW I bought most of what they had left. The pink/orange one is my favourite.

I reckon that is the one.

 

I'll need to see if FW have any (driving past tomorrow), if not, I'll pay you double what you paid for them - less used discount, less old stock discount, less S&H member discount = about $2 each :)

Pretty sure we have a heap there mate from memory they were the red white head ones.

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