Report 13/5/16

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Report 13/5/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri May 13, 2016 3:44 pm

Huge week this week with some great weather allowing plenty of boats to head out in search of the abundant numbers of swordfish. There were plenty of these awesome creatures landed with about a dozen brought in, one going 200kg on the dot. The fish have been sitting out over the shelf but most of the information has been patchy. Most anglers have been fishing with arrow squid strung up with lumo squid skirts.

Some ripper makos have also been around out wide with some monsters harassing the swordy fisherman and even tackling the hooked fish. Numbers of smaller makos have also been reported following drifting boats in closer around the front of Gabo Island.

Along with swordfish some cracker blue eye trevalla and pink ling have been taken. These fish have been hanging closer to the bottom but have been taking the same rigs as the swords.

There has been no reports of kingies this week but some very sizable flatties have been getting around in 30m with fish of 50cm+ taking most baits and lures that come within about 2m of the bottom. There have been a lot of small leatherjackets about so it pays to keep moving around trying to get a clear path to the bottom.
In on the beaches there have been some huge schools of salmon hanging just behind the breakers, feeding on small anchovies. The fish often stream into the gutters to chase these baitfish. Anglers have been doing well throwing metal slugs in the 20-40g range on the light gear. Some of these fish have been over the 2kg mark with plenty of smaller fish amongst them.

In the lake there have been some great garfish around in the main channel. Fish nudging 45cm have been taken mainly with the aid of berley along most of the jetties along the channel. (The Fisheries Jetty has been the stand out). The best bait has defiantly been small pieces of peeled prawn.

Out in the lake there have been some cracking tailor over 50cm being taken at John Bull by casting metal lures out and sinking them to the bottom before cranking it back to the boat at a relatively fast pace.

The flatties have really slowed down during the week. A few have still been taken fishing up on the edges on sunny days mainly whilst fishing for bream on small divers and plastics. Palmers Bank is still producing a few fish but it has defiantly turned into a grind to get onto the fish.

Bream have been going well with plenty of fish sitting in the deeper water (2-3m) in large schools. Sounding these fish out before fishing small vibes like Eco Gear VX 35s and Stiffy Devil Fish or small grub/fish/creature bait style soft plastics through these schools.

The bait fishers have been doing well on the Yellowfin bream and Sand whiting down around the islands and entrance when the tide has been running. The best method has been pulling up on the edge of a drop off, anchoring up and casting live bass yabbies back out over the drop off and up onto the flats.

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