Report 2/11/18

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 2/11/18

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:58 am

November is upon us and the fishing can't really get any better than it is or has been for many many years now.

The whiting in all shapes and sizes are moving up and down the small boat channel, rous channel, sand hills and amity banks, and the quality in most cases is fantastic. I have been finding they are biting so much better with good run in the tide.

The squire and snapper fishing is very good, with some large fish caught in the northern bay reefs and plenty of really good fish around green island and peel island and the rous channel mt cotton reach section. I am still finding that whiting heads and whole whiting are the best baits, but plenty of fish are caught on mullet fillets and other baits such as squid, octopus, pike and garfish. And remember those horrible grinners are excellent bait for squire.

School mackerel just keep getting caught and its been a pleasure to hear so many fishermen using diving boards and spoons picking up schoolies for the first time.

So the bay is alive and well, and there are plenty of fish all over the bay. And remember when filleting your whiting keep the head and bodies for bait and berley. It's cheap bait and works a treat.

The water temperature is on the move so it will not be long to start looking for the spotties to come into the bay. The water is still a little cool but i don't think it will be long before we see them in the bay. There's lots of blue bait at the moment... it's only a matter of time!

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Re: Report 2/11/18

Post by sperok » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:52 am

Saturday morning water temperature perfect spotties are in the bay get your chrome slugs and get a fish or two.

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Re: Report 2/11/18

Post by sperok » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:53 am

Well its the time of the year those spottys come into the bay and looks like the big females are in first as usual full of roe and hungry,if the pattern follows they will be around for a while then a few weeks of quietness and then the million males arrive normally end december but this could be an early year,and judging by the amount of bait in at the moment... lets hope the seasons runs longer then last year,
The best way to catch if you have a fast boat is to get to the feeding schools and throw a chrome slug on the outside of the feeding frenzy and retrieve at a pretty fast pace without jumping the slug out of the water,and remember they don't like wire so a double or a heavier trace is the best way and swivels are a no no they will get bitten off.
Watertower bait and tackle have the chrome slugs i have been making up for years and pretty cheap so it does not cost a fortune if you loose a few..(spent all sunday putting hooks on)..i like single hooks but you can always change to trebles if you prefer,but i find single hooks are easier to unhook and these days with the 5 only limit for spottys its easier to release as enjoy the season the water temp is perfect for them and they taste pretty good as well.


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