Report 22/4/16

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Report 22/4/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:45 am

The offshore action has calmed down slightly since the swordfish hype from last week. There have still be numbers of good sized striped marlin around out near the shelf but only a few boats have been going out that wide. Most have been taken slow trolling live slimy mackerel.

The action around the islands have been pretty good with plenty of sand flathead being taken in 20-70ft. Using the old faithful double paternoster rig with salted pilchards have been the best method.

There has been some large snook in the bay at Gabo and anglers casting smaller soft plastics and metal lures have been doing very well. There has also been the odd salmon and tailor amongst the snook with salmon to 65cm being taken.

The squid have started to show up again now the kingfish have slowed with a few taken as by catch while bottom bouncing for flathead.

There have still been a few kingfish around down the coast past the Ariels. These fish have been mostly 90cm+ with plenty of 1m+ fish around. By sounding up the fish and jigging medium sized knife jigs boats have been slowly putting together consistent numbers.

The gummy action has been very slow with barely any signs of them being around. But there have been plenty of mako sharks between Talaberga and Gabo Island. Most fish captured have been in the 10-30kg bracket but some larger ones have been reported circling boats and taking other fish once hooked.

The beach fishing has been alright with plenty of smaller salmon (30-45cm) in most gutters. Fish have already wizened up, being very finicky towards pilchards and metal lures. The smaller metals in the 10-25g bracket have been catching most the fish but fish style soft plastics like Squidgy Flick Baits have also been getting very positive reactions by the fish.

Inside the estuary there has been plenty of nice sized yellowfin and black bream taking live bass yabbies around the islands in water shallower than 1m. The bream around the islands have also been taking Jackal Chubbies in Ghost Shrimp and Ghost Gill.

There has been plenty of bream sitting in the deep water off Goodwin Sands taking small vibes like Eco Gear ZX and VX 35s in darker colours like browns, purples and blacks.

The flathead have started moving up the river seeking warmer waters. Large congregations have been found along reedy/ grassy edges gorging themselves on the billions of tiny jelly prawns that are in the system at the moment. Fish have been taken using weightless Gulp Shrimp in Banana Prawn.

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