Farquhar 18 – 25 Nov 2013
34 x GT’s (9 over a meter – largest 115cm); 5 x Bumpies; 3 x Sailfish & 2 x Triggers
The flats were cooking this week with the GT’s in particular making an impressive appearance, 34 “Gangsters of the Flats” came to hand, 9 of which measured over a meter. The largest GT was a 115 cm beast caught by Beat. What was equally impressive was that for every fish landed there were another 10 or so that were seen or cast to but did not come to hand. Schools of 10-15 fish were seen marauding the flats on a daily basis which allowed for several double ups.
For some strange reason the pushing tide flooded the flats with tepid water, while the dropping tide provided ice cold blue water. This is the polar opposite of what we’re used to. It was just as well though, as throughout the week we had a long dropping tide in the morning and a late afternoon push, which provided us with cool water for most of the day. It worked out perfectly!
Plenty of nice Bones, as well as 5 Bumpies were also landed (who knows how many were lost….perhaps a couple dozen), whilst 2 wily Triggers made a cardinal error and got a crab pattern stuck in their jaws. Other notable catches this week were the 3 Sailfish we boated. Rather surprising considering we were under the impression they had all but vanished. Thomas also lost a permit that took 150yards of backing before finally opening the hook….what a special fish that would have been! All in all though we had a cracking week and I’m sure there were 10 very satisfied, although tired gentlemen, which flew home.
Until the next week
James & The Farquhar Guide Team