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« on: June 01, 2021, 10:33:10 am »
Had three trips out of Triabunna this month.
First trip was morning only gap in the windy conditions so stayed in the top end of the passage. Had to move about to get reasonable feed of flat ties. Plenty of big cod in short time drifting over a mark.

Next trip saw calm conditions so headed to southern end. Put lures out as we rounded SE ends of Maria but not long before we had to wind in as we gave way to two whales crossing our bow. Checked out some reef area before heading into Riedle Bay. Flatties were reasonable size and good condition.
After cleaning fish and lunch continued to circumnavigate Maria. Put tuna lures out at Mistaken Cape but immediately had the attention of seals. Decided on worth the hassle of losing fish to them.

Yesterday saw third trip - for me it meant a drive via Wielangta road. The road had been graded so for most comfortable at 60 km with sections at 40 ( in AWD Tiguan)  and only added 15 min to trip. Could be different after more traffic/rain/ frost.
Headed around northern tip this time and tuna lures out before Mistaken Cape - within a few minutes, the trusty Halco “King Brown “ did its work, better still had SBT about 20+kg on board before the seals arrived !
Different story when we put lures back in, one seal followed the stern of the boat while others patrolled our lures. 
Headed to Riedle to fillet fish and catch a feed of flatties before slow trip back as wind had freshened

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2021, 03:28:17 pm »
Good going, Stevel.  Nice to boat a tuna undamaged: seems there's no let-up on them so far this season, but no let-up by the seals either.  Saw a couple of pics a little while ago of a seriously big grunter (I think around 90kg)) that had been clawed and chewed around the edges, so you did well to boat your 20kg job without hassle.  Nice size for eating, that, too!

Thanks for the report(s).

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2021, 10:36:23 pm »
G’day Steve

Haven’t been up there for a 6-8 weeks now and hoping to get there this weekend. Last trip saw 4 10-15 kg blues landed round the back with a couple to seals. Top end of the island around Bishop and Clerk was most productive and seals didn’t bother us there. Towards Mistaken they were a bit more active. Lots of bait around and water temps were up fur the time of the year. We were still catching 15-20kg models in sept last year so hope they’re there fur a bit longer yet  fish1

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2021, 01:37:54 pm »
Hi Nick
Seals were worse just north of Mistaken Cape , same as last year when we caught 6 but only boated 2. Most frustrating to get one to the boat but lost to seal coming under boat 🤬. At least got lure back by driving boat towards it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2021, 09:19:52 pm »
Bugger fustrated1

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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2021, 10:27:56 pm »
I’d rather fish Maria than down the neck 100 times over. Less seals, less boats, less hassle, all works for me grin1 whistlingdixie1
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