We certainly have been experiencing some crazy weather in the last few weeks. Wind, wind and more wind, which has made fishing very hard indeed.
I thought that I would escape the weather by flying over to New Zealand and going north to fish the Bay of Islands for kingies. We had six days of fishing booked in and managed to fish four days but on two of those days we were blown off the water early and couldn’t get to where we wanted to go. So we really only managed two days out of the six. The wind was gusting 30-50 knots and we had 200mm of rain in two days. In saying all that we still managed a good bag of kingies in the 15-20kg range in the two days that we fished as well as hook-ups on makos, whalers and hammerheads. Snapper over there are in plague proportions in the warmer months and even now they are about in numbers like our flathead in Port Phillip Bay. So if you are lucky enough to get good weather when you are there you will have a ball because of the quality and diversity of the fish species that are there.
When the weather has permitted all the local beaches have been fishing reasonably well with the bulk of the fish being caught in the 500g to 1kg range. There have been bigger fish to 3kg taken by boaties trolling offshore. These fish should start to move into the surf zone as the weather cools.
In the Cleeland Bight area there is still the odd whiting being caught. Calamari are still about in good numbers and salmon and ’couta are being caught trolling in the channel.
The San Remo Jetty is still accounting for some good calamari. The Dickies Bay area and around Maggie Shoal have been producing some reasonable whiting but the toadies and leatherjackets can be an annoying problem. Up the northern end of Western Port there have been some good reports of snapper being caught in the 4-8kg range.
The big calamari have started, but not in any great numbers yet. September is usually the hot month for them. Snook and ’couta and the odd salmon are being caught trolling over the weed beds.Reads: 410