Report 31/5/18

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Report 31/5/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:49 pm

Offshore
Massive week on the Swordfish this week with a 436kg (second biggest landed in Australian waters) fish landed, along with several other 150-250kg fish. The action has been hot down at the Everard Canyons with the majority of boats fishing hear. Large squid rigged with luminous beads and dropped 400m+ have been the method to catch these fish.

Large schools of Barrel blue fin tuna have also been numerous out at the Everard Canyons. The fish have been sounding on the bait 40-50m down so down rigging live baits or trolling lures on down riggers is the way to go to target these fish. A few have also been taken as bycatch for the guys chasing sword fish.

Mako, blue and thrasher sharks have all also been taken out wide as well. The majority taken as bycatch from swordy fishers but drifting along current lines and using the aid of burley should see plenty of these guys up behind the boat. Lighter wire traces taking the best bites as some have been a little finicky.

In closer there have been good numbers of flathead from 30-50m of water. Double paternoster rigs fished on the bottom whilst drifting have been taking the most fish. Micro jigs also taking a few as well. Try finding patches of fish and concentrating drifts around those areas because the schools have not been consistent.

Still plenty of smaller gummy sharks taken off the Pump Shed at Gabo Island in 40m. These guys have been loving small squid tubes or whole pilchards fished close to or on the bottom. Try to minimise drift as much as possible when chasing these fish.
The Larger gummy sharks have been taken south of Little Ram in 30m of water over the reef/ sand changes. Larger squid baits or trevally fillets taking these fish.

Beaches
Some massive salmon schools moving along the many beaches. Fishing most of the gutters on high tide should see anglers catching plenty of fish in the 1-2kg bracket. Larger fish have also been taken right on dark. Fishing whole pilchards on ganged hooks out the back of the gutters have been a good way to target these fish.

Lake
Plenty of tailor feeding on baitfish in the bottom lake and at the mouth of the second narrows. These fish can be visually seen feeding throughout the day. Casting small metal lures or stick baits into the boiling fish has been a good way to target these fish.

A few trevally still schooling in 3-4m out the back of Goodwin Sands. 100mm soft plastic curl tails in natural colours working well. Any soft plastic fished with an aggressive whip, whip retrieve will take fish.

Bream very tough with the clear water present in the bottom lake. Light lines and small natural soft plastics taking the majority of fish. Soft plastics or crab style lures fished throughout the top lake taking plenty of bream also.

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