Headed out from Whangamata to 70m yesterday, there was heaps of Skippies everywhere on the surface in big schools.
Sent out a couple of livies in this area and trolled them around the bait schools. We had a big run on one of the baits but did not hook up.
We caught two more big Skippies and slowly trolled them over to Mayor Island. Once we came back into the 90m line BANG both livies got hit.
Lost my one after 5 minutes after some big runs but managed to land my guest anglers fish. Went 111kg, first Marlin for boat and angler, very happy after a frustrating season.
I will be upgrading the rating of the snap swivels I am using as the fish I lost somehow managed to do dismantle the one used. It was snapped up to start with before you ask!!