Report 3/6/19

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 3/6/19

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:14 pm

Very average conditions through May made for some tough fishing. May is normally a good month for decent weather, but 2019 dished up some persistent easterly winds with heavy showers and rain.This made fishing tough with the wider grounds out of range most of the time . Lucky, we had some good surface action along the island which gave guests some great fishing in reasonable conditions.

Through May we saw some good catches of longtail and mac tuna. The schools were a little tough with sinking the soft plastics deep the best way to get a bite. Fly was another good option, being able to match the hatch that little bit easier made a big difference.

Olivia with her first longtail tuna caught on a zman streakz in electric chicken

Golden trevally were also about with a few nice goldens coming from under the tuna schools and on some of the small inshore reefs. We also had some reasonable bottom fish bites with scarlets, coral trout,cod and painted sweetlip in the mix.

Big golden trevally have been giving guests a battle

Scarlets (nannygai) are turning up on the reefs

Mel with a queenfish caught on a soft plastic fished deep

Mackerel are another species that become a little more regular on the reefs this time of year. School, Spanish and grey mackerel hold up and begin to move in through June. Spinning metals is always a good option when other species go a little quite and make for a tasty feed for guests.

Grey mackerel one of the tasty mackerels

We are now in more of a winter pattern with south westerly winds now becoming more regular and hopefully clear skies. This will bring down the water temp which is much needed to trigger some of our winter species. Snapper are on the mind of many guests as we head into winter fingers crossed for a good season ahead. June will also see more mackerel catches, longtail tuna deep in the water column a few reef species along bread and butter species like flathead and bream. Wont be long before the whales start to show up with reports of one already in the Bay. The humpbacks add another great element to a fun day on the water as they put on a good show while we are fishing.

Diamond trevally a winter catch while targeting snapper and other species deep in the water column

Winter is snapper time!

We still have availability for the winter season if you are wanting to escape the cold. It's a great time of year up here, with mild sunny days and good fishing on offer. Email us for rates and dates.

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