Good fishing continues due to warmer water temperatures than normal. Anglers that rug up properly are having some great catches.
Low Head has been fishing well. Australian salmon are still the main target with good catches being taken around the Low Head area mainly on lures by boat anglers.
Some anglers are having some excellent success off the shore at East beach.
Although they are mainly smaller Australian salmon, there are a few that have been up to 1kg in weight. Most of the fish have been taken on frozen bluebait and squid. The period around high tide seems to be the most productive.
Local anglers Ethan and father Nathan Phillips and Michael Dodge have been catching some nice flathead up to 570mm in length.
They have been fishing a couple of sand patches offshore where they have been catching these flathead. I wouldn’t mind finding their secret spot!
George Town has been fishing well with Michael Dodge also catching some pinkie snapper in York Cove along with some blue warehou.
He reports off a large seven-gill shark swimming up his berley trail intended for the warehou. It circled the boat and had a go at his outboard. I saw the photos that he took as the shark was having a go at the back of the boat. Two weeks earlier Jamie Harris from J.D Lures was fishing in Pipe Clay Bay and had the same thing happen. A large seven-gill swam up his berley trail and bit his berley pot off.
This is only a very short distance from York Cove. Maybe it was the same shark!
Beauty Point has still been a real hot spot for pinkie snapper. They are still being taken by land-based anglers off Inspection Head wharf up to 2kg in weight.
The best bait seems to be chicken breast on a double dropper rig.
Jack Mackerel are still being taken at night from the wharf. Anglers are catching them underneath a floodlight using a Sabiki rig.
Sea garfish have also started to appear around the Beauty Point and George Town area.
Anglers have been targeting them on a small float rigged using chicken and beef mince for bait. They have been up to 40cm in length.
Bellingham Beach has been fishing well. Good Australian salmon up to 1.5kg in weight have been taken on the top of the tide on bluebait and squid. Green and chartreuse popping bugs have been taking their fair share of fish as well.
Southern blue spotted flathead are still being taken off the beaches of the northeast coast.
The most productive method of catching them is with soft plastic lures. Large Squidgy Fish in 100mm seem to be the ones working the best, especially in the brighter colours.
Ethan Phillips age 8 570mm flathead caught at low headReads: 1882