This mission was conditions driven, being virtually full moon (main reason, for light), no wind and the fact we were “stinging” for a fish.
We decided to fish an area where we have had the most success of late and made our way to the pools. After a few hours with no “Boofs”, all seemed quiet, yet we were still optimistic as conditions were perfect.
On the stroke of midnight and some 4kms into the trek, we started casting in what is now known as “The Jurassic Park Pool.” So named for its remoteness and the possibility that Dinosaurs still may exist beneath the water’s surface!!
With a long cast to the other side, I retrieved my surface lure. Just as I raised my lure from the water, a huge grey head emerged from the depths looking for my offering!! I instinctively dropped the lure next to him and in a Milli-Second, SMASH! I WAS ON!!!!!!
Once I saw the size of the beast I was speechless, yet I had yelled to Chris “Get over here!!” He said I did not answer him when he was asking what’s happening. It was all a little crazy!
The fish could have “smoked” the spool if it wanted to, as I was not in control for the first few seconds as he rolled and was looking for cover. He soon ran out of puff and by that time, Chris was in the water trying to get the grips on him.
I jumped in the water and said we need to land him. Getting him up the bank was the issue. I physically could not hold the fish and step up the bank, he was just too heavy, so I got to the first step, Chris grabbed my shirt and pulled me and the fish from the water.
Various grip and grins (photos) followed. I picked him up and got him back into the water and with a few tail flicks, he disappeared back to the depths.
I get the feeling he was between 25kg and 30kg. We confirmed he was 110cm in length.
This was just an insane experience, and one I will never forget!! I just can’t wait to get back to Jurassic Park!!!
Below: Some Great Shots Of Rob’s Magnificent Murray Cod.