It’s May already and nearly half the year is gone! Fishing wise, May is a lot like April in that there aren’t any drastic changes happening.
The LBG fishing is still going strong and in May we generally see a better size fish come off the rocks, so if you only have 1 month of the year to focus all your attention on, May is your best bet. Here’s hoping that rain doesn’t mess with the season too much this year.
As stated last month, watching the weather and sea surface temperatures is your best friend in regards to timing trips and being on the stones at the right time with the highest chance of pulling one of those pelagic speedsters up onto the bricks.
The boat fishos will be catching the same species around the usual spots like Shark Bay, Black Rock, One Man and Angourie. The boats should be seeing a better quality fish like their rock fishing brothers. Longtail tuna on light gear is an indescribable amount of fun, so in our travels on the boat we always have a casting outfit rigged up and ready to go. If we see a bit of bird action, we’re ready to fire, as the action can occur quite quickly.
This is the month that those Spanish mackerel fishos get out there trolling live baits around in search of trophy size fish. You can use any of the usual suspects like yakkas, mullet and gar, but by far the best is a slimy mackerel. Slow trolling them around any of the inshore reefs should see you in with a good chance of connecting to something big, bad and barred.
In the river, on the rocks, and off the beaches, everyone will be keeping an eye on the mullet run and what will be following them around — the mighty Clarence Valley mulloway. Find the mullet and you can guarantee a few big silver slabs won't be too far behind. Spinning these mullet schools with big hardbody lures is a great way to connect to a XL Clarence Valley mulloway.
Some of the local lure favourites are the Jewie Jewels by Croaker Lures, and the 80g diver by Get Bent Lures. Generally, most use a rod from 10-12’ with 50lb main line in mono or braid, and for leader 50-80lb of whatever your favourite brand is.
And with the weather cooling, the boat fishos’ minds will soon be turning to those big, bump headed snapper!Reads: 845