Report 19/4/18

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Report 19/4/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:11 pm

With the weather outlook looking perfect for the next 5 or 6 days, l’d expect the fishing to remain pretty solid especially those anglers fishing offshore. Last week we reported monster kingfish down south off Mowarry Point and l’m please to say these beasts are still there in good numbers but they can be very finicky at times. Some crews have been spending hours for no luck with other anglers getting a fish almost immediately, so patience is the essence to getting results. These kings have been moving around a lot with some days the 32-35 meter line the go, then the next day there in close with 15-18 meters the go to depth. The key is to have a look around with the sounder and try and locate fish on the screen. They will quite often be hard on the bottom; if you mark them like that then your chances of getting a fish will certainly increase. Here l would use live bait like slimy mackerel or yakka’s with jigs also getting some attention. On other days there mid-water or on the surface so a different approach might be required to get a bite. Casting larger soft plastics, poppers or squid on flasher rigs have all accounted for a few fish so leave your options open and not get into the mindset that only one technique will work. What is surprising is that when they do bite, it’s full on for a short period of time then nothing again. You just have to be there when that bite window is open and take full advantage of it. Yes this type of waiting for a fish isn’t for everyone but it’s not every day that you have a very realistic chance of connecting to a 30 plus kilo king which some of these brutes are and bigger. In saying that there’s still been quite a few 8-12 kilo fish captured also but l’d still be fishing heavy handed tactics in case that mega green-back comes along.

Further offshore the marlin bite is still good with plenty of fish around. There will be a lot more boats getting wide this coming week so listening to the radio chat with bite locations of fish should help you along. There’s been bigger striped marlin this week with the best l have heard going 120 kilo, that’s an estimate as it was tagged but from a very reputable crew who have caught plenty. Trolling skirts has been popular with the 70-fathom line to the shelf the go with the water temp fluctuating between 20-22 degrees.

There’s been a few better yellowfin tuna caught this past week to with a 67 kilo fish coming from the shelf off the Tathra canyons which is awesome to see. Those anglers who fish for deep water ooglies like blue-eye trevalla, hapuka, ling and gemfish are starting to fill the freezes with all these species firing up nicely along the canyon walls. Its peak time for them so if you’re out fitted for this type of angling get amongst them. Closer to shore the flathead have again fired up on this NEW moon which is good as they have been patchy of late. Water depths of 35-40 meters has seen most of the action with Horseshoe reef further south a good place to start.

In the estuaries it’s all systems go as usual with the main basin in Pambula Lake excellent for flathead. This area is only a puddle compared to our Southern coastal lakes but holds plenty of fish most of the year. The flatties are solid models to with the average in the 45-50cm bracket and the odd larger girl also. Soft plastics and soft vibes are the stand-out technique with water depths around 3-4 meters being ideal. Expect a few trevally and bream in these same areas, the place is loaded with whitebait and getting a solid feed shouldn’t be too hard at the minute. In Merimbula the lower sections in the channel from the bridge in town to Mitches jetty near the entrance has seen plenty of trevally, bream and tailor caught. Both bait and lure anglers have had a field day and with the prawns running this week l can’t see why that will change. Up at Mogareeka just north of Tathra it’s been a little quieter this week with the best fishing coming from the deeper sections along Thompson’s wall. I know of several mulloway to 8 kilo caught here with the odd decent dusky also. Most have fallen to larger soft plastics fished slowly near the bottom so it to might be worth a look. This week will see the prawns running to; the mouth of Mogareeka on the run-out tide is worth a look with Wallagoot Lake between Tura beach and Kalaru seeing plenty of action also. All you need is a dip net plus a light and you’re in action, a bucket for the prawns and a stack of fun will be had.

The ocean rocks have been good with Tura Head and the wharf at Tathra definitely the platforms to fish. Both spots have seen bonito, salmon, tailor and frigate mackerel all get caught on a range of metal shiner and sub-surface divers. It’s good to see the increase in bonito as they have been hard of late, l now expect the next 6 weeks or so to be excellent for these fine land based sports fish and if looked after correctly pretty good in the pan.

The local beaches have to been good depending on which one you’re fishing. Both middle and Tura main have fired up nicely the last few days with salmon, tailor and bream coming from both beaches. Using a running sinker rig with striped tuna cubes has paid handsomely for bream with the ever reliable paternoster rig working a treat for the pelagic species. Both beaches have deep gutter formations but these are changing daily depending on how much swell we get. It’s a good idea to check the beach out at low tide to locate the deeper sections then go back and fish it when the tide is rising.

Ron & Gael Vanderdrift
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