If you’re looking for trag you should find them on most reefs in the 35-65m mark. Low light periods and into the night will produce the better catches.
A two-hook paternoster rig should do the job, a good technique is to drop it to the bottom and very slowly start to retrieve it. Once you find how deep the trag are biting you can tie a piece of string on the line so you can drop it to the same depth each time. The gibber gravel and 21 are well known trag spots.
The Sisters are holding a few bonito. Trolling with diving or small skirted lures will work. It holds some big snapper at times too but keep an eye out for breaking waves and bommies.
Yellowtail kingfish should be a common catch this month. Slow trolling live baits in close or around reefs is a good way to find them. Steve Limond managed a decent 17kg specimen on a live yakka near Little Island.
Snapper are about if you are looking for them. Floating baits in the shallows should produce a few in April. For the plastic throwers, Edith Breakers is a great spot. If you head there from the bay make sure there isn’t a southerly forecast as it can be a long trip home, and remember it is plastics only and no anchoring while fishing.
There are nannygai on most of the 45-70m reefs too and if you get a few of them they are one of the best feeds you’ll have. The simple paternoster should work great for them.
There are plenty of marlin out on the car park and canyons and in closer a few blacks are being caught on live slimies.
The dollies are still at the FAD, but their size is a bit down. Keep an eye out for floating logs and fish trap buoys because they often hold one or two bigger specimens.
There have been reports of a few yellowfin on the shelf too. Always keep an eye out for birds and look for the water temperature changes and colour lines.
There are plenty of mud crabs up Tillegary Creek and the Karuah River. There are a few rat kings near the co-op break wall and some decent bream on peeled prawns. Long-tail tuna are inside the bay chasing the garfish; use a floating live baits under a balloon.
There are some nice flathead getting up around Corrie Island, and 5” plastics work great. For the bait fishos, as simple as it sounds, a few whitebait on a longshank hook will produce fish.
Most of the beaches are holding good numbers of bream, whiting and if you’re lucky mulloway. Shoal Bay and Jimmys Beach have plenty of whiting on them, and beach and blood worms work best.
Off the stones there are plenty of bonito and big tailor, and small diving lures will out fish metals some days. It is definitely worth trying a few different lures to work out what’s working on the day.
If the winds are right it is worth floating a balloon out with a live bait for a longtail.Reads: 1578