Offshore anglers are having a great time as bluefin mania hits town. Both locals and visiting anglers are getting amongst them with some solid models being caught.
The best SBT I've heard of went 103kg taken by a visiting angler – a solid fish on 24kg stand up tackle. This same crew got another dozen fish to 70kg and let them all go, which is great to see. The boys said they had them at the back of the boat for over three hours and you could almost hand feed them they were that close.
Apparently it didn't matter what you threw in the water they would eat it. The lads even got a few on GT poppers on heavier spin tackle and said it was loads of fun. After getting their arms well and truly stretched the boys left them feeding and headed home. You know the fishing is on when you leave hordes of hungry SBT due to fatigue, good stuff.
A lot of other crews are also doing well with local Shane Coles getting three great fish around the 40kg mark. The fish have been 30-40 mile offshore, so weather conditions certainly need to be good. There have been a few reports of big albacore mixed in with the SBT with a couple of fish nudging 18kg. At that size on the right tackle you’re in for some serious fun.
Closer to shore there's been a few kingfish around Tura Head but not in any numbers. The fish are averaging 10kg and have have fallen to bibbed minnows trolled deep on downriggers.
Those after a feed are getting snapper although they’ve been difficult to locate some days. Once you find a patch it's full on, but finding them has been the key. The close in reefs have been better with Whitecliffs, Long and Lennards Island all producing at times. Anglers using the freshest of baits have fared best with squid strips all the go at present.
In the estuaries it's usually the quietest month of the year but there's still some fish to be caught. The lower sections of Merimbula Lake have trevally, bream and salmon in the channels. They have responded well to soft plastics with the salmon taking any sort of metal slug wound flat out.
It's good to see these pelagics entering the system once again – they are great fun on light tackle and ideal for the kids new to fishing. Up in the main lake tailor are plentiful with a few flatties and trevally around the shallower margins. Cast your offering towards the weed and hang on; some serious fun will be had.
It took awhile for the water to clear at Pambula after the rain but it's gin clear now again. The lower sections of the Pambula River has been good for trevally, the odd flathead and salmon. Casting soft plastics matched to a flooding tide has been productive. Traditionally the next two months is when this system fires and all things so far seem that this will happen again this year.
The salmon are in plague proportions along the beaches. All beaches are holding fish with Tura and North Tura prime places to start. All techniques will work but casting smaller slugs on light gelspun is a great way to kill a few hours.
Rock-hoppers after a feed should have little problems with drummer, blackfish and the odd bream all succumbing to well presented baits. Short Point has fished well especially for drummer with cunjevoi and cooked prawns the gun baits. If you’re after salmon then you won't have many dramas getting some action. Cast lightly weighted pilchards past the wash zone and hang on – it won't take long to get connected. Better ledges for the pelagics include Tura Head and Long Point.Reads: 756