Salmon and garfish go nuts
  |  First Published: May 2012

The action has continued unabated with the almost daily occurrence of schools of small to medium Australian salmon busting up the surface up and down the bay feeding hard on schools of small baitfish.

Anglers in boats have had good success casting small silver lures and soft plastics at these fish with most fish being around 1-2kg.

Lures such as 10-15g Halco and Raider and soft plastics such as Yep Tassie Tackle 3” Minnow and Squidgy Flick Baits have been ideal. Mixed in with the schools of salmon have been good sized tailor and mackerel offering a bit of a lucky dip when casting at the feeding schools.

Large silver trevally are also being caught in good numbers. These fish are excellent sport on light gear and can be found in areas such as the main channel in the faster current, Moulting Bay and also deep underneath the schools of salmon and tailor feeding on baitfish.

Large Garfish

At the moment it’s all about the large garfish. These are now being caught in good numbers and can be found mostly around the sea grass beds down along the red channel markers. A small float with a small #10-12 hook and a tiny piece of white squid bait is the perfect rig for the garfish. Whenever fishing for garfish, berley is as important as the bait with 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.

Offshore anglers have enjoyed a cracker of a time during autumn, with some of the best yellowfin tuna action we have seen in years. Most fish are between 60-80kg with one boat bagging a 87kg monster and pending Tasmanian record.

Reef anglers are starting to have good results bottom fishing for striped trumpeter and blue eye trevalla on areas such as the Binalong Patch and the 14 Mile Patch, east of Eddystone Point.

A simple twin or three hook paternoster style rigs will do the job with a 16-24oz snapper style sinker dropped down on to some suitable reef.

There are still some good schools of yellowtail kingfish along the coast and Skeleton Rock has been the hotspot over the last few weeks with some decent fish coming to trolled lures and soft plastics.

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