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Report 14/4/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:59 pm

Swordfish, Swordfish and more Swordfish! This week. Well known fisherman and TV host Lee Rayner made headlines in the fishing world this week when he and his team landed not 1 but 3 magnificent Swordfish to 135kg. These three fish came shortly after a recent capture of a sword fish in Lakes Entrance (reported to be the first recreational captured swordy in Victoria).

The Striped marlin bite has also been going very well with plenty of fish pushing 100kg being taken. Most have been taken trolling medium to large style skirted lures out over the shelf. Some quality fish have also been taken dropping live baits such as yellowtail scad and slimy mackerel around bait balls and suspicious looking marks on the sounder.

In other offshore news there have been heaps of good sized sand flathead around the 30-40ft mark with fish to 55cm being taken using paternoster rigs with squid and pilchards as bait. The odd kingfish has also been taken mainly as by catch while targeting flatties. These fish have been very decent quality though with most fish pushing high 90s to low 100s. The gummy fishing has also been alright with a few average sized fish to 120cm being taken on fresh strip baits fished close to the bottom with the aid of berley.

Inshore there has been plenty of trevally, tailor and mullet hanging around the jetties including the Main Wharf, the Fisheries Jetty and the fishing platforms along the boardwalk. The best technique for targeting these fish has been using half of a salted pilchard on a small circle hook that is drifted weightless, along the front of the jetty pylons.

For lure fishers, Coul’s Inlet has been producing some good eating sized flatties to 50cm on lightly weighted Gulp Shrimp in Peppered Prawn and Squidgy 80mm Wrigglers in Wasabi.

For anglers wetting a line from a boat there has been plenty of good sized bream moving upwards towards the rivers getting ready to spawn. The fish haven’t been too fussy with the majority of lure types taking fish. A stand out technique though has been using small creature bait style plastics on resin heads to sight cast large cruising fish along most of the flats and edges in the top lake.

At this time of year fish caught upwards of Palmers back are most likely beginning to head up the rivers to spawn. If fishing up this way please remember these fish are valuable for future stocks so if an angler wishes to keep some, only keep enough for a feed and allow the rest to do their thing.

Flathead have been taken fishing Gulp Banana prawns and Squidgy 70mm Black and Gold fish. The fish have been congregating around steep drop offs with their backs in the mid-day sun. By using a single hop method instead of the standard double hop some better sized fish over 60cm have been landed.

Another mulloway was taken last week in the Narrows on a live bait right on dusk. Again the fish was just over 1m. By sounding around plenty of fish have been marked with some very nice sized fish spotted, unfortunately seeming pretty inactive. Hopefully they will fire up during the month as the mullet run picks up.
People fishing live yabbies down around the islands on the high tide have been doing very well on nice sized yellowfin bream, flathead, luderick and whiting.

If you're staying at Mallacoota be sure to stop by the Caltex servo for all your fishing needs and a chat about what's biting!

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