| He approached several fishers on the Island to find out if any reef or rocks were offshore which should be avoided with his longline rig.
The response was the same from all, a stunned or dazed look, shrugging shoulders and a clear "dunno mate".
Joe picked a spot and baited up his 6 hooks with fresh mullet, as a point of interest, Joe purchased his bait, 10 good sized fresh mullet, for just $14.00 from Scarborough Market.
As soon as Joe pulled out his trusty Nighthawk Kite he found himself surrounded by confused and intrigued fishers. Joe ran his first set to just 500 metres offshore and left it to fish for only 5 minutes.
There were two reasons for this, he didn't know what was out there in the way of rocks etc., and secondly he was uncertain about the numbers and sizes of the local shark population.
As Joe began retrieving his gear a larger crowd gathered to see the results. The crowd stared in disbelief as Joe pulled in 2 flathead, 1 grinner and 1 snapper on the six hook set. The snapper was the first fish to hit the beach. Then, to the amazement
and disbelief of the already intrigued onlookers, Joe proceeded to release the snapper back into the water. Joe firmly believes that the first fish, no matter what it is, should always be returned to sea in order to ensure good fortune on the next fishing
According to other fishers on the beach, snapper were never caught in this area so they couldn't believe their eyes when Joe released the only one they had ever seen.
By this stage, growing weary of the audience and all their incessant questions, Joe packed up his gear and headed off down the beach to fish in peace and quiet. To his surprise they all followed him, they just had to see it all again. On Joe's second
set he wasn't so lucky. No snapper but another 2 flathead and 1 more grinner, and alas he found out the hard way where the rocks were, snagged and lost the kite.
This definitely won't put Joe off his fishing though, he's putting together some more gear and will be heading back out again soon. Joe explained that he'd forgotten his camera on this particular trip but assures us he will packing it with the rest
of his essential tackle next time.
Joe also commented that he was fishing over the full moon and believes that next time he goes out he will really clean up! Another point of interest for those fishing in Oz, according to Joe the height regulations on kites is 300 feet maximum and the
maximum allowable hooks per line where Joe was fishing is six hooks.
Good fishing Joe, and we look forward to the photos next time.