Report 2/11/18

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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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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 well.so enjoy the season the water temp is perfect for them and they taste pretty good as well.

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Post by sperok » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:20 am

Plenty of schoolies around the hope banks in the last few days northern side with the outgoing tide and south eastern side with the incomming,the whiting on the southern side of the small boat channel were also in good numbers in the shallow water,since the report of spottys i have not seen any in the last few days except bonito ,so just have to keep looking.

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Post by sperok » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:15 am

Lots of schoolies around the middle bay measured mile beacon and of the banks towards tamgalooma.before the shipping channel. Also some of the schools around the hope banks are tailor.

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Post by sperok » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:59 pm

dead calm conditions made it for a great day on the bay. the whiting master and i caught lots of good size whiting which were plentiful on the banks south of the entrance to the small boat channel. the school mackerel were also in big numbers especially with the outgoing tide on the north western side of the hope banks, in 32ft depth that's where the bait was hovering, and there were plenty. we caught 18 with only 4 being big fish (the rest were all around the 45cm mark) so a good next few months for schoolies. let's hope they leave enough white bait for the spotties, as that's what was in their stomachs today.

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Post by sperok » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:20 am

good luck with deciding on going fishing sunday monday bom says 10 to 15 easing to calm and seebreeze indicates 25 knots on sunday arvo..maybe wait and see..

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Post by sperok » Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:33 pm

Not great out there today had a couple of hours of calm but the easterly kicked in pretty strong 20 knots.the water is like mud especially in the morning with the last of the outgoing tide and the big tides have not helped.
the schoolies were in the cleaner water at the entrance to the small boat channel .and plenty of whiting from the small boat channel in the the shallow water all the he way where the rous channel meet's..

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Post by sperok » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:07 pm

plenty of school mackerel on the north eastern side of the hope banks with the outgoing tide on friday lots of just under size but plenty of 60 plus cm ones as well .and the whiting were thick in the small boat channel on the southern side on the shallows especially when the run in tide started to run strongly.

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Re: Report 2/11/18

Post by sperok » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:29 pm

From the photos and email i think many of our readers had a great day out catching some good size schoolies around the hope banks on saturday, and some nice size squire caught at peels hole in the wall green island and the lazaret,and many reported lots of whiting caught in the rous and small boat channel so a great day on the bay.

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Re: Report 2/11/18

Post by sperok » Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:01 pm

First calmer day .the school mackerel have moved to the north eastern side of the hope Banks. Near the entrance to the small boat channel and the whiting thick on the southern side in the shallows.. The squire and sweetlip were fighting to get on the hook at lunchtime today eastern side of green..as the tides drop the schoolies will be around the hope banks later in the week I would think.
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