Georges Bay has been firing hard, some good seasonal rainfall has flushed the bay well and there have been large amounts of small baitfish moving throughout the bay.
Anglers were recently witness to some amazing fishing where large Australian salmon around 2-3kg were hoarding schools of bait into the shallow water all along the beach near the Sea Scout Hall and feeding on them in little more than half a metre of water. Anglers were able to catch good fish right at their feet.
Up in the Moulting Bay area, boat anglers have been consistently catching good Australian salmon up to 2.5kg and some good tailor to around 1kg.
Most of these fish have been caught using soft plastic lures with the Squidgy Flick Bait in Evil Minnow colour being very popular.
The silver trevally are also hot on the bite and are being caught all over the bay. Anglers fishing Kirwins and Parkside Jetty have been rewarded with good-sized fish as have boat anglers fishing the channel and Moulting Bay areas.
Two species showing up in regularity at the moment have also been squid and King George whiting, both fantastic eating fish and take a little bit more searching to find but are well worth the effort.
Casting Jarvis Walker Squid Jigs around the weed beds should produce the squid if they are in the area and small #2 Gamakatsu Bait Keeper hooks laced with a pipi bait and cast to the edge of the weed beds should produce the whiting if they are around.
The Scamander River has the bream in full spawning mode and has been producing some fantastic fishing. One local angler from Scamander has reported some excellent fish being caught using the Squidgy Wriggler in Wasabi and Bloodworm colours and fished lightly into the tree snags where the fish are schooling up.
The rock lobster season is in full swing and early reports have the rock lobster slow to start, with the odd angler doing well but the vast majority falling well short of any quotas - lets hope fishing picks up as the season progresses.
The striped trumpeter however have fared better, with the fish having a couple of months rest from angling pressure the fishing has started off very strong with many anglers reporting good catches.
Areas such as the Binalong Patch, the 14 Mile Patch off Eddystone Point and areas down off Bicheno and Seymour have all produced fish. There has even been a handful of fish caught closer to home on Merricks Reef and the Gravel Patch.
With the weather starting to stabilise a little better there has been much more action offshore lately with boat anglers reporting good hauls of king flathead in 70-80m of water and appear to be quite large in size.
For any more advice on where to go and what to catch just drop in and see Jamie Henderson at St Helens Bait & Tackle – the Georges Bay specialists.Reads: 2216