On the Kings with ReelTime

Yellowtail Kingfish (Scientific name - Seriola lalandi), Kingys, Kings, Hoodlums, Bandits or "Rat Kings" are a strong, exciting gamefish that strike savagely at a wide range of lures, live baits and dead or cut fish fillets. Victorian Yellowtail Kingfish reports right here.
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On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby a22z » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:12 am

Reel Time charters have been asked about a few times and given I've been out with Matty rather frequently of late I thought I'd post about it in case others were thinking of heading out with him.

We left Martha Cove just on 6am and headed straight to the squid grounds to stock up on some livies. Within about 30 minutes we had close to 50 squid (aka King-Candy) so it was off to the rip to chase the kingies.

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We headed straight through the rip as the water was too green on the day and started marking fish on the sounder a few km's off shore as we got into the blue water. Dropped a few of the squid off the back of the boat while the rest of us jigged up around the front. The jigging was tough going, with only a few hookups that were mostly dropped, and only myself managing to land one king successfully on a jig.

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Meanwhile on the squid, the action was hot! The first drift saw us land around 6 kings, a couple which were under size. We kept steadily landing kings over the next few hours, with Matt moving around as he saw fit. He really knows how to keep you on the fish and ensures as much as he can that the bite stays hot.

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We ended up with around 15-20 keepers for the day, not bad for the 5 of us fishing. Fish ranged in size from 2kgs upto 7kgs. No horses today, but Matty is still trying hard to find himself a 20kgs model to top his PB this year of 17kgs.

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Given it was pushing 30+ degrees on the day, we decided we couldn’t be arsed standing around the pier cleaning up the fish in the sun, so we headed to The Big Fish fish market in Carrum Downs where the boys graciously cleaned the kingies up for us for a small fee.

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All in all a great day out on the water. I’ve been out with Matty and Reel Time 4 of 5 times since November and we’ve constantly caught whatever we were chasing in good numbers. He really knows his stuff and genuinely cares about getting his customer onto a fish and works tirelessly to ensure were always in the right spot. Highly recommended!
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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby Lightningx » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:28 am

Very nice mate :thumbsup:

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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby Kimtown » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:15 am

50 squid

20 kingies

All in a single days fishing

Anyone could do that.... :rofl:

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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby Mattblack » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:55 am

Great report! Ive heard a few people on here mention that green water is not good....why is that?

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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby hornet » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:07 pm

That's what I call a top day ! :thumbsup:
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Postby smile0784 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:11 pm

Couldnt get any better then that



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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby dazz999 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:42 pm

awesome day out whats the cost

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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby skronkman » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:07 pm

Hey, nice trip. I've had a few cracks in the rip this year but no luck. When was the last time you went out and got onto them? I haven't heard anything of late but would be keen to have another crack if they're hanging around.

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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby Sinsemilla » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:13 pm

Mattblack wrote:Great report! Ive heard a few people on here mention that green water is not good....why is that?


Usually the "blue water" is the water moving around with the currents. Usually warmer and nutrient rich which attracts more baitfish which in turn attracts the pelagic's.

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Re: On the Kings with ReelTime

Postby a22z » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:41 pm

skronkman wrote:Hey, nice trip. I've had a few cracks in the rip this year but no luck. When was the last time you went out and got onto them? I haven't heard anything of late but would be keen to have another crack if they're hanging around.


This outing was on last Saturday. Still plenty of kingies around mate, just got to find them! The general rule of thumb seems to be that they definitely don't like the green water, so fish blue and deep. We were fishing in 40m+ of water. Also try catching live squid as bait. While we were pulling up a kingy every 20-30 mins on the live squid, there were dozens of boats around us jigging like crazy and we only saw 2 or 3 of them hook up.

I'm heading out again with them at the end of the month, they should still be around... at least until the water cools down.



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