Last Friday night I wanted to have a break. Have been so busy lately with everything that shark fishing in Port Stephens seemed like the best plan. Unfortunately I left it little too late and the 3 hour drive to location followed by the preparations that took longer than necessary, due to deciding to simply sit and chill out for a half hour after a busy week before putting the boat in the water. All that said, no sharks, but a good handful of tailor. Strange time of year... very late in the season. I a wondering now if this is due to a newspaper article that I saw recently about an algal plume that is occurring in the port.
I was trying out a few new poppers when shark fishing... not for catching sharks, just really to check out their action when I saw tailor chasing the poppers. I changed over quickly to the good old wonder wobbler, (my old man thinks these are the best lures ever made... he might be right) and low and behold, dinner!
Generally speaking tailor aren't considered great table fare, but I've found if you bleed them immediately on catching, let them sit for 20 mins in the freezer whilst you're getting ready to cook them and serve them with a lot of lemon they are fantastic. It's kind of macho food though. If you need to take the time to prepare any side dishes you're running the risk of 'not nice fish'. Better to eat and enjoy Tailor as soon as possible.
Unfortunately my camera wasn't working that night, not sure why but I didn't manage to get any photos. Next time.