Report 5/4/18

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Report 5/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:41 pm

What a cracking week we have had on the fishing front with a smorgasbord of species on offer. It really depends on what you want to target and where and with the weather outlook looking perfect for the coming week l expect the fishing to only get better.

Offshore has really picked up especially for kingfish with some extremely large models making their presence felt. There have been green-back kings to 28 kilo landed with many bigger fish lost that simply couldn’t be stopped on heavy tackle. I suspect these brutes are well over 30 kilo and that’s a huge king in anyone’s books. These bigger fish have been hard to entice to bite with limited windows of bite time so spending long hours waiting can be the norm. But when they do decide to play the game you can expect loads of excitement with bent rods and mayhem on the deck. The fish have responded well to jigs, live bait and fresh squid on flasher rigs so most methods are working when they do decide to chew. The majority of these big fish have come from down south of Eden around Mowarrie Point in 30-40 meters of water. They have been moving around a lot so using the sounder to locate them is certainly a key to better results. There’s been a few fish around Haycock and Long Point to but definitely not the numbers that there getting further south but still worth a look.

Further offshore the marlin bite has really fired up with multiple captures being encountered on most boats. The key is to find feeding fish in bait balls as the ocean at the minute seems to be loaded with slimy mackerel from the 70-fathom line East wards. It might seem easy to just find the bait as everyone is but finding marlin actually feeding is quite a bit tougher. But when you do a number of fish can be pulled from that bait ball with 6-8 marlin on each ball happening on a regular occurrence. A few crews are still trolling skirts and getting results as there covering the ground. Once they have found fish there then reverting to live bait which is paying dividends. If the beaks are slow there’s a few school yellowfin to 20 kilo being caught by those trolling lures. I’d expect to see some bigger yellowfin over the coming weeks as mid-April is traditionally when we start to see a few bigger fish caught. What is good news is the amount of dolphin fish and kingfish (70-80cm long) that have made the FAD home. There’s a stack of fish there with anglers having a ball casting a range of poppers, metal slugs and whole pilchards getting plenty. Closer to shore the bottom fishers have done it a little tougher but l’d expect to see that change now the full moon has passed. There still getting fish just not in big numbers but if you put the time in you will still get a solid feed. Most of the flatties are in deeper water with 50-60 meters straight off Tura Head the go to place at the minute. There’s been a few snapper and morwong up at White-cliffs with Horseshoe reef down near Pambula holding a few also. Try using fresh squid and whole pilchards lightly weighted for best results.

In the estuaries it’s business as usual with Bega River really firing up especially in the shallows up stream of the islands opposite Black-fellows lagoon. The water here is a balmy 26-28 degrees making it ideal for anglers casting a range of surface presentations like poppers and walk-baits. The reports have been nothing short of superb with bream, whiting, flathead and even a few Estuary perch all playing the game at time. Catching a dozen or fish shouldn’t be too hard, if the surface goes quiet try casting light weighted grubs into the deeper depressions on the same flats. It might only be a foot or two deeper but quite often that’s where the fish will be waiting. In Merimbula and Pambula lakes the channels continue to produce with bream and trevally in very good numbers. Anchoring up and using burley with striped tuna cubes as bait has seen plenty of fish caught with a few flatties thrown in to. Anglers casting a range of soft plastics have also caught plenty on the draining or run-out tide. In the main basins of both estuaries tailor have been prolific, just look out for the diving terns, cast some metal shiners and have fun for hours. It’s also a good idea here to cast some soft plastics under the tailor for good sized snapper, bream and trevally picking up the scraps. Yes you will loose a few placcies to the choppers but you will also get some decent table fish for the pan.

The salmon fishing off the beaches is the best we’ve seen for quite a long time. The recent swell of late has created plenty of new gutters that are holding stacks of fish. Almost all beaches are worth a look but Tura main and North Tura have3 definitely been the pick. Casting a range of metal shiners in various sizes is the go, it’s a stack of fun and you get to cover a lot of area in the process. Anglers fishing the stones have to done well with salmon, tailor, smaller kingfish and the odd bonito keeping most fishos happy. Both the Tathra and Merimbula wharfs have been good with early mornings around a tide change being best. Casting whole pilchards on ganged hooks and poppers has been effective, with a few of the kings coming on live bait which is plentiful at both locations. I can’t see this changing anytime soon so if the rocks are for you it might just be worth a look.

Tight lines till next week.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift
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