EP 2. Northern Bluewater OKUMA Azores & ZMAN Lures
When we heard that hardcore Buzzerfish anglers Robbie and Sue Wells from Sun2Sea UV Protection and Jeff Wilton were going to be in the same location for a fish, we thought what a perfect time to kick off filming for the Buzzerfish TV Series. This series will revolve around our Buzzerfish Pro Team, their fishing adventures and what works for them in their region.
A quick flight and we were catching up with the guys, rigging rodsand planning the following morning's adventures. We would have twomornings on the bluewater, before heading south to chase a barra and JPwith Buzzerfish Pro Angler Vinnie Versfeld.
An early start and a few surprised looks from other anglers as Robbiedrove the 7.7m Sealegs out from the cabins and down the boat ramp tokick start our adventure. This boat is a true adventure machine that quickly transfers from land to watercraft and we were comfortable with five of us fishing and moving around the vessel.
Robbie kicked off proceedings with a cracker PB nannygai on a ZMan 3"Scented Jerk ShadZ in Pearl, rigged on a TT Lures HeadlockZ HD jighead,and this fish was destined for the BBQ later that night. A few smallerfish followed but the magic hour of the morning was being swallowed by arising sun and it was time to move wider in search of trevally, cobia,mackerel and whatever else we could find.
The day before our arrival the guys had a whale shark loaded with cobia cruise under their boat, resulting in multiple hook ups, including a triple that created mayhem. 'You should have been here yesterday'sprung to mind but we were confident of finding a few fish. Andrew the cameraman would have loved the opportunity to capture the whale shark onfilm... but I'm sure this amazing country will offer up some morespectacular filming opportunities.
The move wide and a quick search on the Simrad produced almostinstant hook-ups, however the guys were met with a procession of unstoppables and sharkings. After losing a few to the structure and afew more to that dreaded dead stop and then powerful run of a shark, itwas time to sneak back in closer, before packing up for the morning.
A closer mark produced a variety of smaller species, with Jeff rounding out the session with a bludger trevally, followed by a beautifully marked gold spot trevally, fishing a ZMan 3" Scented JerkShadZ in Electric Chicken colour in thirty metres of water, rigged on a1oz 5/0 TT Lures HeadlockZ HD jighead.
Reels that we've been used: Okuma Azores Blue 5500 and 6500 Spinning Reels spooled with 30/40/50lb braided line.