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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:32 am 
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One of the fish that we were after in Kangaroo Island was the so-called Australian salmon. This is not actually a salmon but rather a fish that looks like one and fights like one. By the way, it is not good eating and is purely a sport fish.

These salmon congregate in large schools in Australian waters and migrate from place to place and are usually caught by casting from the beach with a metal spoon (Twisties).

Hereunder are pictures of a salmon that I landed from Vivonne Beach in Kangaroo Island. The points of interest are that I landed it with a travel rod (Shimano Beastmaster) which broke from the tip as the fish was still green and did not give a good fight when I caught it.

This was surprising as these salmon are very strong fighters and jump
repeatedly in the air in order to dislodge the hooks.

The reason the fish came in easily became apparent if you look at its tailfin - half of it is missing! The reason is that it had been attacked by a shark but managed to escape into calmer waters, where it recovered and healed.

When I hooked it, it was obviously unable to show its true colours due to its injury and came in relatively tamely to the beach.

I wasn't aware of this and tried to lift the fish up, it struggled monumentally and even managed to cut my hand with the lure and you can see me grimacing and holding the fish up with a kleenex to stem my bleeding.

The fish was released to live a long happy life.


55 gram Silver Twisty
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Lively fish
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Broken rod tip - I have to order replacements from UK
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The stormy ocean from which the fish was taken
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Despite the hurt it felt good to free the fish
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Kingfish


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:20 pm 
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Was the rod a 5pc shimano travel rod?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:20 pm 
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Congrats for the catch.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:35 pm 
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Apoo,

Thank you.

Yes, it was a Shimano Beastmaster STC 270/300 XH 5 piece
Travel rod , 3 m long, rated for 50-100 gm lure wt.

I had ordered it specifically for this type of a trip/beach fishing.

Although I have heard of problems others have had with the rod tips breaking, I personally cannot fault the rod.

In the excitement, I lifted the fish with the end sections of the rod,
which was asking for trouble!

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:19 pm 
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looks a lot like the blue fish .


Jeen


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:55 pm 
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Congratulation for the catch Kingfish

Im wondering how did you managed to play with the broken rod tip

I hope you had a great angling experience in Kangaroo Island

looking forward to more reports

Regards
Arish :P


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:54 am 
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Jeen, you are quite right, there is a similarity with the blue fish ( which,by the way,is called tailor in these parts).

Both share the same waters and may be caught off the beaches with
Similar metal lures.

The tailor has one major difference, it has got teeth! Which will slice through the line unless one puts on a small wire leader.

I hope to post a picture of a tailor later on.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:00 am 
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Arish,

The rod tip broke after the fish was landed on the beach, I lifted the rod
( without thinking) with the heavy 2 kilo fish still attached .... And the rest is history!

Please see image gallery for the KI fishing pictures.

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:33 am 
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Hello Sir,
Would like to know a little about the metal spoon (Twisties)
How to use it?
Wat type of retrieves u used for this fish?
How wud u use this lure targeting the fishes in India. (MJs, Rock cods or Barramundi and for other fast fishes like Barracuda, Queen)

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Ralph


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:09 pm 
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nice catch there kingfish. nice location and fish.
congratulations and thanks for sharing.

cheers
samit


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:28 pm 
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@ samitm,

Thank you for your kind words.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:42 pm 
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@dmelloralf

Ralph- the Twisty is a metal lure made by the famous Australian firm
Halco, which is world renowned.

This lure comes in weights from about 10 grams unto 70 grams and is used to catch a large variety of fish around the world.

The lure can be cast out to a good distance ( upto 100 meters, depending
On the size) and is retrieved at a steady speed which causes it to wiggle from side to side - it is crucial it is retrieved at this speed rather than as fast as possible, the latter ruins the action.

It is obtainable in silver, gold and a dark colour for use in different type of light conditions.

Although I cannot comment how it will be used in Indian conditions (I am
Sure other forum members will help out here), I feel that it will be deadly
On Barracuda and queenfish.

Do stock this all rounder in your tackle box!

Kingfish


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:52 pm 
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Congrats on those catches.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:36 pm 
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congratulations for the beauty. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:35 pm 
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congrats mate , nice salmon .
Ive had the pleasure of landing these beauties in australia too . superb fighting fish .. and equally tasty . we were told they arent good fish to eat . but i guess the australian are too fussy about their fish , we just loved the fish .. congrats again mate !!!


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