Curtis from Myaree got up to the Montebello Islands last year with Montebello Island Safaris.
Lingering in the back of my mind for the entirety of the preparation, travel and duration of my trip to the Monte Bello Islands back in July with Monte Bello Island Safaris was the off chance of a billfish sighting. Well, I must admit… I was hoping for more than just a sighting. I’m not a superstitious person but for some reason I felt like the more I thought about it, the less likely it was too happen, so every time the thought snuck back into my head, I quickly shut it down.
I went into this trip with absolutely no experience with bill fishing, bar the 7 seconds I was hooked up to a blue marlin off Coral Bay that pulled my pants down pretty quickly, so the idea of targeting bill fish was very foreign to me.
I opted to have a pretty loose set up ready to go just in case we were to come across a mooching saily or the likes. Of course I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I opted for a Shimano Grappler 703 which is a PE3 rod, matched with a Shimano Twin Power 10k. This powerful combo was light enough and ideal to cast stick baits for mackies as well so it was well used before the billfish even came onto the scene.
To read about all the billfish action Curtis got into and to see the rigs and set up that he used click HERE