Let’s hope the tumultuous weather is behind us, and we have plenty of sun-filled days on the water with plenty of rod bending action ahead. Let the fun in the sun begin!
We will definitely be on the hunt for sharks this year to improve on the record we achieved last year. January is known to be the peak time for shark activity in Bass Strait, particularly if it’s a scorcher of a summer. We have seen plenty of baitfish activity so far, which is a good indication that the sharks will be making their way in.
The mako shark is the prized shark capture for the season. As our weather can limit the amount of opportunities you have to head out in search of these mighty beasts, take the chance when it presents itself. To find them make sure you berley up in between 30-70m of water and if they are around you will be sure to feel their presence.
Shark fishing can certainly provide some adrenalin pumping action, however make sure you head out with someone who is experienced in both sharking fishing and, above all, boating. To hit the shark grounds you need to go through the heads, which can be a challenging at times.
Don’t forget the gummy shark, they have been coming in good size this season, around the 5-15kg mark, and have been particularly active around the full moon.
Flathead are a great catch for the experienced and inexperienced angler. They have so far presented themselves in good size and number, and as they are known to be the best table fish around it is certainly hard to pass up. They are also a great time filler when waiting for a shark to appear.
Salmon have been popping up in the bay and rip, and they can provide tonnes of entertainment for families and young anglers.
They are not large in numbers at this stage but keep some white occies and light gear handy in case you see a patch busting up around these areas.
When fishing for the salmon, do not drive through the school as this will disburse them, alternatively drive around the side of the school and fish away.
Snapper have remained consistent offshore, coming in at 2-5kg, and providing a challenge for many anglers.
The offshore snapper fishing experience can prove different to what the average punter may have experienced before. At depths of 50m+, the fight can be longer and tougher than what most anticipate, which has proven to test many anglers.
Kingfish had disappeared from our region for sometime, however they have made a come back in the last few years. As the same as last year, the rip is the place to be to land one of these fine species; just be careful as the rip can prove to be a challenge.
Squid fishing has proved to be a challenge this year with so many boats trying to fish the same spots. Despite some difficulty in reaching the squid they have been in good size and numbers.
We had a great season on the striped tuna last year and this is the time to be heading out the front with some light gear in search of them, as they are a great entertainer.
We will be in the peak of the fishing season in Bass Strait and anglers can now experience the best of offshore fishing, from the acrobatic displays of makos or the satisfaction of reeling in a red beauty. They are all out there and waiting for you to take on the challenge.Reads: 515