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 Post subject: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2015 8:37 am 
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An evening foray for Tailor

The sullen clouds had moved away and thus gave me an opening to have a quick fish at an estuary about 20 minutes from my house.This was going to be an attack with minimal gear, so I just had my collapsible Abu Garcia rod with a small tackle box which fitted easily into my backpack.
The reel was a 3000 size Battle with 20 lb Power Pro braid and a 20lb fluoro leader, terminating with a small wire leader.

It was an incoming tide with low light levels, ideal conditions to target Tailor ( also known as bluefish in the US).

I must admit that Tailor are one of my favourite saltwater sports fish , with their aggressive and never say die spirit ....they will attack lures which are almost their size and keep on fighting till the end.
They have vicious teeth, necessitating wire leaders, and attack other fish by biting off their tails first and crippling them ... hence they are nicknamed " chopper" tailor in these parts.



I could see bait schools being harassed by tailor and I made a cast beyond the school and then reeled my 20 gm silver Twisty through the churning water.I had some tentative hits and then was fully onto a tailor which was just a bit longer than the lure ... it was reeled in quickly and released to grow bigger.

The stretch of water that I was fishing was about 100 meters wide and other schools were being decimated at a distance just a touch too far for my outfit.

Nothing much could be done except to have a hot cup of tea and wait until the schools were in range.

Further casts with the Twisty had no more hits, so I changed it for a sinking River2Sea Humbug Min60 which I had picked up
in a sale bin for $5 each.

The coloration on this lure,olive back and silver underside,closely mimics that of the tailor and has been a standout lure for me ...... sometimes there are bargains to be had in sale bins!

My very first cast was hit by a larger tailor, which fought harder and longer before I was able to land it,take a quick photo and then release it unharmed into the water.

It was getting dark and late now, so I wound up the fishing and trekked back to my car fully satisfied with an hour's action.

The glass of Glenfiddich tasted even better than usual that evening!

Kingfish
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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 5:01 am 
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Tailor are good sports and will attack any lure or bait ... Here's a nice sized tailor caught sometime ago by me on Dirk Hartog Island off the West coast of Australia.

It was caught on a Halco Popper and was one of several caught in this fashion.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 7:15 am 
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Moderators - please move this report to " Shore Fishing", as it will be more appropriate there.

Thank you,
Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 4:24 pm 
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Nice one Kingfish. Very fishy looking spot. Lucky to be living so near . Got a nasty bite from a blue fish a year ago in socotra.


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 4:52 am 
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Thank you, Jeen.

That is beautiful water .... I knew there were bluefish around the Emirates and recall seeing a video where some big ones were landed.

A quick question.... what are they called in Arabic,please?

Also, just to compare notes, what lures were you catching them on?

I have a nephew flying for Qatar Airways and,Inshallah, I hope to make a trip there and try the angling.

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Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 11:58 am 
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Hi King,

I have no idea of its Arabic name. We don't have them in Uae waters or Qatar. We find them more on the southern coast of Oman from October to Feb. And about the same time in socotra Yemen.

The lure was a sinking stick bait by ima called honey trap 95S.


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:32 pm 
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Thanks for the information,Jeen.

It would seem, with the recent events, that Socotra would be out of bounds.

It is interesting that the bluefish seem to be a "seasonal" catch in the Gulf .... we get them year round. However,my angling log book also shows an increase in their catch from Oct onwards,strangely enough!

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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 5:18 pm 
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You have such a wonderful spot at your backyard. Nice catches kingfish. We would like to see more from the spot.


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 8:55 pm 
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Thank you Venkat for the kind words and also for moving the post here.

That is a nice spot, I will keep trying!

Kind regards,
Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 6:16 pm 
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Nice report Kingfish!

I miss catching bluefish. Great fight and all the acrobats.
Once ran into a nice school and landed a few in the 10# range on metal lures.
Not the gator bluefish, but still fought very hard for their size.

BTW, have you tried fishing at night in that spot. Might be good for other species too I think.

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 4:46 am 
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Hello Maruthu,

I did not know you caught bluefish. ... where, please? Very interested to know as I am fond of catching this species.

I did try fishing that spot years ago at night but did not have much action, nowadays this place (being a
National Park) shuts its gate at dusk.

I have caught many species there, including a huge mulloway(jewfish) that had a mention in the Sydney newspaper..... I have put up a picture of it in one of my posts on this forum.

That stretch of water is a shark nursery and bull sharks breed there, so no swimming!

A lady was taken by a shark, just near the bridge you see in the picture,way back in the 1930s !

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Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 6:54 pm 
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Thanks for the response Kingfish!

I used to catch bluefish in New Jersey. They get pretty big out there and people catch them up to 17#.
The biggest I've caught were about 10 to 10.5 pounds. I used to mostly fish at night for stripers back then though.

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 10:10 pm 
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Ok, Maruthu, that explains why I thought you were an NRI recently.

Yes, those are really big bluefish in the States ..... I think there are tailor to those sizes around the West Coast of Australia and I hope to catch them someday.

There is another locale close to my home where the tailor are larger but still nowhere near what you caught.

It may well be that the larger bluefish/tailor move inland at night but we are not allowed into the park areas after dark .....still, I cannot recall any such large tailor around the Sydney area.

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Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:55 pm 
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I saw this fish in one of the fish markets in Chennai, Wonder if we have them in our coast?

Eze Fishing


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:13 pm 
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@EzekialManase

Very interested to learn that ..... any chance of a picture ? What was it named?

If the Western coast of Australia and the Persian/Arabian Gulf have this fish,it stands to reason that the waters around the Indian coastline should have it as well.

One learns something new everyday!

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Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 11:09 am 
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EzekialManase wrote:
I saw this fish in one of the fish markets in Chennai, Wonder if we have them in our coast?

Eze Fishing


What you saw might be Rawas aka Threadfin or Indian Salmon. I don't think we have them along the coast of India. I don't think we have Rawas in the east coast anymore :-( If you have found them in the markets in Chennai, then Rawas might make a come back on the east coast, which is a very good thing.

Can you please get a pic of the fish and post it here.
Also, please ask the market guys as to where the fish were caught?

Maruthu


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 pm 
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Nice catch Kingfish.....


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 Post subject: Re: An Evening Foray
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 7:08 am 
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@vijayfisher

Many thanks ... I do wish you all would contribute articles,as well.

Kingfish


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