February traditionally has high boat traffic and crowded ramps, but it’s a great time to fish the area. Angling up a feed should be relatively easy, whether it be fish or crabs, and as the month goes on things should only get better with the warmer currents pushing down.
The mahi mahi (dolphinfish) are starting to arrive at the FADs in numbers now and there are also a few striped tuna hanging around in the same area.
Blue and black marlin are starting to be caught in better numbers now around the car park and canyons. Find the bait and the fish won’t be far off. Live slimies bridle rigged with a circle hook work really well, and you’ll lose a lot less than you would if you were fishing lures.
Up near Seals there are some nice reds and flathead coming from Edith breakers. Just remember it is artificials only.
There are still plenty of reds around Broughten both big and small. Fishing 5” jerkshads is great but floating bait down a berley trail in the shallows is hard to beat. Dawn and dusk are the best times and don’t be surprised if a few rat kingies turn up in the trail as well.
Teraglin are still firing on all the usual grounds like the Gibber Gravel and Vee Pinnacle.
For some drummer fun, chuck an unweighted peeled prawn in the wash around North Rock or Little Island. The rougher days fish better but of course you need to keep your wits about you when attempting this style of fishing.
The wash around Fingal is producing plenty of kingfish, both rats and unstoppables. Just watch the marine park area.
Boondelbah island is holding a few groper on the northern side and some kingies in closer. You can also troll a live yakka or slimy in close around boat harbour for some kingfish fun.
Rock fishers can expect some bonito and kingfish to show up around the washes now. Put a live bait under a balloon for a king and chuck metal slugs around while you wait to cover all your bases.
Jimmys and Bennetts Beach are holding a few whiting, tailor and bream near Yacaaba head. Fingal Beach is holding whiting and flathead, with fresh beachworms the favourite bait for the whiting.
A few mulloway are being caught around the Kaurah Bridge. Fresh squid will out-fish all other baits, and remember to fish an hour either side of the tide.
Land-based anglers won’t be disappointed either, with the bay break wall delivering some awesome kingfish fishing there at times. There are also plenty of bream there, providing good fun on lighter tackle. Little Beach Jetty fishes well for flathead and on the rougher days when the swell is up it should see some big snapper.Reads: 1072