While the big mulloway action was short lived this season, there has still been enough quality fish in the 20-30lb range, which should continue over the next month.
Undersize mulloway, otherwise known as soapies, have been in large numbers making it hard to keep a bait out at times especially between 42 Mile and Ti Tree Crossing. Large numbers of small fish are a great sign for the future; maybe keep this in mind for future trips as extra bait is needed to see out a weekend’s fishing.
Autumn is a pleasant time to be fishing Salt Creek with usually moderate winds and plenty of opportunities fish wise. Snapper, gummy sharks, school sharks and big flathead should be considered targeting over the next month or so and the salmon shouldn't be far away either.
Whiting catches have been excellent lately and those fishing from the shore have been getting into more than their fair share of kidney slapping whiting up to 50cm. Nene Valley right the way through to Robe provides plenty of shallow sheltered bays, which will be the most likely spot's to target these fish from shore.
Mullet and salmon trout should also be in the mix when fishing from shore.
Berley is an important factor to consider when fishing land-based. Concentrate your efforts around high tides on both dawn and dusk. It may pay to take a light salmon spinning stick and a handful of lures if visiting this stretch of coast as small numbers of salmon in the 1-2kg range are starting to arrive in the usual haunts, such as Lighthouse bay, Wrights Bay and right the way through Canunda.
Solid albacore up to 25kg have been in good numbers early in the season and should stick around for a while yet. Albacore prepared for the table gives bluefin a run for its money in my book and well worth the effort going to catch.
While tuna reports have been patchy early, I am still hearing plenty of tuna coming past the Eyre Peninsula; the action should fire up in no time if it hasn't already. The annual tuna comp is held in May for a good reason, so we can expect these fish to hang around through to July if previous seasons are anything to go by.
Reports of anglers being spooled just over the Victorian border are a good sign that the ‘barrels’, sometimes in excess of 100kg, should turn up and give anglers a run for their money. These fish tend to school up tight and can quite often see crazy amounts of boat traffic wanting in on the action. Being patient and keeping your wits about you not to cut off other vessels lines and such, will see everyone return home happy and safely. Well, some happier than others.
If you plan to target these pelagics that pull like freight trains, quality tackle and well-prepared rigs are a must to get these monsters to the boat. Anything less than 1000m of 24kg on an overhead of no less quality than a Shimano TLD 50 could be asking for trouble, especially for the inexperienced. The other option being much more expensive is a spinning combo, such as a Saltiga 6500 or Stella 20000 loaded with 50-80lb braid. These reels usually take less line than the large overheads but are able to serve up a much more heavy drag setting and make for a much more comfortable fight when the clock ticks past the first hour mark.
Estuary perch and bream have been fishing exceptionally well, and should continue to do so before the weather cools down and water temperatures drop. Fishing live crabs has been a successful technique, especially for bream and don't be surprised if a mulloway comes along for a sniff.
Fishing these live baits unweighted is a consistent way of fooling big bream even on the trickiest of days. There have been plenty of reports of undersize mulloway throughout the system, making it harder to find the big ones. A recent report of a 30lb mulloway caught near Sandy Waterhole shows if you persist through the smaller fish you may be well rewarded.Reads: 619