Report 24th Nov 05

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Report 24th Nov 05

Post by Brad » Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:18 pm

Finally a day of good weather coincided with my day off and I managed to get out on the bay last Wednesday. We ventured out towards Western Rocks but stopped and jigged several of the beacons on the way out. The water was very clear and we could easily see large tierra batfish and small rat kings at several of the beacons. We couldn’t get a hit though, possibly due to the water clarity. Bait has been a little hard to get at Westerns so we loaded up with yakkas before venturing out. This bait supply was destroyed in short time because school mackerel around 2.5kg were plentiful. Ray landed a large mack tuna of a good 8kg on the last yakka. We then caught some whiptails and floated them back. In the next 40 minutes we landed two small cobia of around 12kg each and dropped another near the boat. We also managed to spin up a couple of mackerel and landed a nice Maori cod on bait while catching more whiptails. On the way home we jigged a few of the beacons with no result.

Several boats including Witchdoctor and For Play landed black marlin around the 50kg mark on the 80m line off the Cape and there were a lot of wahoo landed there and at Hutchies. A few small yellowfin and dolphinfish were also caught.

The Curtain Artificial has produced a few cobia lately but the M and NW beacons have been a better option.

Snapper were caught in good numbers around the bay islands after the recent windy period. Plastics produced the best results but baits also accounted for a few.

Whiting continue to be abundant around most of the banks and shallow gutters in the bay and many anglers are spending a leisurely day catching them on baits of worms and strips of squid.

School mackerel have been taken on pillies floated around the bay islands and in the upper reaches of the Rous Channel. Wherever you are fishing in the bay it is worth floating out a pillie, as school or spotted mackerel are a definite possibility.

The Harry Atkinson has had a few schools of mackerel busting the surface lately, mainly on a rising tide.

Schools of tuna have been located around Gilligans Island, Shark Spit, Lucinda Bay, the mouth of the Rous, Four Beacons to Tangalooma and the Western Shipping Channel. I saw a few big longtails nudging 20kg working the current line near Gilligans the other day. We had a few casts at them but they seemed to be feeding on tiny baitfish, which were cowering under the brown mass floating on the surface.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
Ph. 07 33986500

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