The fishing like the weather has been red hot with most species of fish, crabs and prawns keeping anglers busy over the Chrissie break.
Pelagics are still carving up bait in Platypus Bay with tuna, mackerel, trevally, billfish and queenies taking lures and livebait. The local reefs are producing coral bream, blackall and parrot on squid and mullet fillets, while cod and trout are being taken by anglers fishing plastics and live baits.
The beacons are holding mackerel, trevally, cobia and for those keen to toss metal lures and plastic at them. Most anglers are reporting a quick surface presentation to be the best bet in and around the beacons. The flats on the back of Little Woody have had golden trevally, flathead and shovel nosed shark on lures, flies and livebait.
Whiting have been caught in numbers on yabbies and worms, flathead are thick taking yabbies, herring and lures, and there are a few quality bream and trumpeter on plastics and flesh baits.
The pier has been on fire all through the Christmas period with good catches of broad bar and school mackerel, mac tuna, bonito, golden and giant trevally, turrum and yellowtail kingfish. Live herring are doing the job for the mackerel, tuna and goldies and if the GT, turrum and kingies are more up your alley, try using bigger live baits like squire and bonito to tempt the bigger fish.
Tackle should be strong enough to stop a freight train if you hope to land these fish and even then the odds are stacked against you. Trying to keep a big trevor or kingie away from the pylons is not easy and sometimes luck is the only thing that gets you home. Even if the fish heads for open water you still have to bring it back to the danger zone to land it. The resident groper also like to get in on the act relieving you of any fish that don’t manage to brick you.
It can be a frustrating game at times but perseverance, like most fishing situations, is the key and the calibre of fish available is well worth it.Reads: 4847