Brilliant bottom bouncing
  |  First Published: April 2014

The change of season weather is upon us, with windy days outweighing the calm ones. Let’s look at how the fishing has been.


We have not ventured offshore too many times, but when we have managed an offshore trip the fishing has been outstanding.

On the surface, spotted and Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi (dolphinfish) and cobia are all very active. There have been lots of Spanish mackerel that must have been really hungry as they have been smashing just about anything that moves.

The bottom fishing has been brilliant too. Pretty much all species are biting well, including lots of red emperor and nannygai (saddletail snapper and scarlet sea perch). If this quality of fishing keeps up what a great year it will be!


We have seen many nice gutters forming on the beach around the Oaks at Inskip Point, with some of them producing good whiting. I have been taking the kids down to the beach after school and getting a good feed of summer whiting with live yabbies.


The Straits have been fishing well with good catches of whiting at Big Mick beacon and around Kauri Creek. These 2 locations have also been producing flathead and spotted mackerel.

Mangrove jack are in good numbers and baiting them with live poddy mullet has been rewarding for local anglers.

It seems likely that the good fishing should continue through April – let’s just hope the autumn weather is kind to us.

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