Big Grafish fill the bay
  |  First Published: June 2010

There has been some excellent garfish captures in the bay and the gars are big!

The main channel leading out of the bay along the red markers and the edge of the Akaroa Flats have been popular. The garfish will be hanging over and around the seagrass beds and will follow your berley trail back to your boat. Some Ultrabite Stimulate Ground Berley mixed with a small amount of fish oil and sent in a trail down current will attract a school of gars very quickly.

Although a period of heavy rainfall has dirtied the bay a tad lately and a few anglers have reported the garfish being difficult to raise and numbers were low, the bay will clear quite quickly and the action should resume to its former glory.


There has been a few good squid caught around the bay and also off the Burns Bay boat ramp lately. These fish should be available for the next few months there have been some very large southern calamari perfect for a meal of salt and pepper squid and just the thing to go along with a feed of crumbed garfish fillets.

A squid jig with a red head/white body combination seems to be the jig of choice.

Silver Trevally

Whilst some other species of fish have started to slow down, the silver trevally have still been very active and fish of up to, (and over) 45cm have been caught using soft plastic lures such as 80mm Squidgy Wrigglers in the Evil Minnow colour.

These fish are undoubtedly one of the best light tackle sportsfish in Tasmanian waters and Georges Bay is full of them. Just last weekend I polaroided a couple of schools of fish swimming up and down the channel that easily contained a couple of hundred fish in each school.

Australian salmon and mackerel

The Bay has also been full of schools of small to medium salmon and mackerel. These fish pop up to the surface feeding on small baitfish and can be found by watching for bird activity.

Mixed in with these schools of feeding salmon have been some good tailor as well, fish around 1kg have been common with bigger fish up to 3.5kg seen swimming around.

One angler reported having quite a few soft plastic lures being bitten off during a session chasing the tailor.

Winter Bream

Whilst the bream activity in Georges Bay has slowed considerably, the Scamander River has fired up.

The Scamander has been producing some good captures in the lower reaches of the river over the mudflats with hardbodied lures, and the bait anglers have found good success with crabs.

The coming month will see some nice big bream heading up river for the winter ready for their spring spawning run.

Popular lures have been the 100mm Squidgy Pro Range Wrigglers in Wasabi and Bloodworm colours fished slow on the drop offs along the edges of the mudflats.


On the offshore front there has been good hauls of flathead coming in from both the Gardens area and the coastline from Paddys Island down to Scamander.

Most fish seem to be coming from water around 10-15m deep.

The best lure for flathead at the moment seems to be the Neptune Arrow Jig rigs in both the pink and pink/white however the new LUMO colour has proven to be absolutely deadly.

Blue eye

Further offshore anglers are having good results drop lining for blue eye trevalla with some boats catching bags limits on regular occasions.

Now is also the time to start getting ready for the striped trumpeter season.

As the days get calmer it’s time to look at the reefs in water between 90-120m for striped trumpeter.

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