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The one that got away?

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G'day all,

I got caught up in the hype around the new Bait Junkie lures, watched all the vids I could find then went & bought 8 different packs, 4 grub & 4 minnow.

I usually use the Zmans with some success so was keen to try the newcomer.  My plan was to fish the Junkies around Vincent next week, in areas that i have had success with the Zmans.

But like a kid with a new toy, I just couldn't wait. Headed down the Port yesterday, low tide, to Snowdens, which I was hoping was out of the strong SW winds. It was windy but i took the chance. 2-4kg rod with 4lb mono on a 1000 reel to avoid wind knots.

Started with the grub, sticky little bugger, on a 1/12 jighead. Had a few hits but no takes, small fishies I'm guessing. Changed to a minnow on a 1/16th jighead & caught a just legal St 1st cast. The wind then got up even more making casting difficult so I moved to the boat launch pontoon. 

Second cast there & the lure hit something, weed maybe, then my line did a big curve towards then away from me & the line just peeled off my reel as whatever it was headed to deeper water, What the hell have I hooked.

The rod had the J-curve going & the reel was still letting line out at a rate, tightened the drag as much as i dared & was still losing line like nobodies business, I thought I was going to be spooled. I had to try & stop whatever it was so used my hand to stop/slow the reel & you guessed it, busted off.

The fish? only gave a couple of pulses before the bust off & nothing during the "fight". Had it no idea it was hooked? Had i foul hooked it? 

Any ideas as to what i had hooked? 

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Geez, you were getting me excited with that fish, what ever it was, spooling you.

I was utmost disappointed for you when mentioned "busted off" :( 

I can't give you any idea what it could have been, but with 4lb line I suppose it doesn't take too much of a weighty fish to bust it.

The pleasing thing and most excitable thing is .... it was spooling you - what a great excitement I reckon ;) 

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I did try give the bait junkies a run on Monday morning but the weather blew me off the water quick smart so didn't get to test them properly. They looked pretty good in the water though. Will give them a good go on Sunday if I hit the salt and not the fresh.

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18 minutes ago, HB tragic said:

That would have been fun. Fishing from a pontoon a rat kingie maybe. 🤔

it was great fun but the not knowing........

i thought a kingie of any size would have fought more? 

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You might have foul hooked a ray if the plastic was on the bottom. If it took the plastic mid water I reckon it was just a good salmon. On the light stuff they can just steam off and not look back. I had one do that to me while bream fishing once in encounter lakes, salmon went on a 40m run (though i landed that fish around 3kg). You do get decent salmon on occasions in the port. How mucg line does the reel hold

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The fishing fairy had visited my letterbox while I was at work today.

Sunday looks like the day to give them a good run. Just need to get some more jigheads I usually run the HWS ones but they are a real prick to feed into these plastics I found, going to buy some normal style jigheads.

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