It has definitely been one of the best marlin seasons in many a decade, but will it continue with the tuna? The hot currents along the east coast this season have brought these fish to us, and now we await to see if the tuna season can be as good.
There are a variety of ways to target tuna and the best is to berley and cube. It’s not bad practice to troll first, hopefully catching a fish, which will indicate tuna in the area. Once located, start your berley trail and work the area for a reasonable time. There is usually a lot of boat activity, so it pays to listen to the radio as to how other boats are going, which will show where the fish are congregating.
Baits that can be used while berleying range from cut slimy mackerel, yellowtail, and striped tuna to whole and diced pilchards. Also, you can hang a shark bait, or a live bait on heavier mono for both tuna and marlin. Depending on water temperatures at the time, it can have a bearing on what game fish may still be around. It is still likely there will be mahimahi, albacore tuna, and sharks in a variety of species (which can include makos, blues, whalers and tigers). Marlin will still be present and it is very likely if you target them by either trolling live baits or lures they will be encountered in good numbers. Yellowfin can also be found in this manner and there is still a possibility a spearfish may come along.
Montague Island is fishing well for kingfish and bonito, with yellowfin appearing up off the north end. Kingfish will respond to different methods, from jigging, using squid, to slow trolled or deep fished live baits, while the bonito prefer the livies.
Kingies and bonnies are being taken out from the bommie at the Blue Pool, around Three Brothers Rocks and down at Goalen Head. Deep diving and bibless lures seem to be doing most of the damage, with some fish being taken on small skirted lures. There are plenty of salmon getting into the act while targeting the other species, which will keep anglers entertained while waiting for a better prize.
Reef and bottom fishing is particularly good and should remain this way for the months ahead. Even though waters are starting to cool, this form of fishing is at its best and it is a great time to target snapper. As the hard running summer currents back off, it will now allow anglers a variety of ways to fish the reefs. Deeper locations like the 12 Mile are easier to fish for a mixture of species, with Tassie trumpeter much sought after.
Closer to shore, a variety of techniques can be used for bottom dwellers. Plain, old fashioned drifting over these areas using fresh bait will almost certainly result in a mixed bag of table fish. Becoming more popular is the use of soft plastics on light gear; not only is it fun, but usually secures a good feed of fish too. Start in close to shore, working your way out as the day progresses. Cast in the direction in which you are drifting and work the lures back to the boat.
Dropping the pick at this time of year is also very successful, allowing anglers to run berley and bring the fish to the surface. Snapper respond well to this method and some large fish are currently being taken. A host of other species will come into the trail too; these may include trevally, kingfish, mowies down deeper, and the occasional shark. Fish as light as possible for best results, setting baits at varying depths, or throw some of those soft plastics around for fun.
There are plenty of fish around on the beaches and rocks, with salmon dominating the catches. Most of the beaches are fishing well, with some nice schools of bream for anglers to target. Mixed in with them has been tailor, trevally, and anglers fishing into the night on the moon have caught quite a few gummy sharks.
Those bream on the beaches are moving into any system that is open to the ocean, providing plenty of entertainment for estuary fishos. For best results, use striped tuna and berley the incoming tide in the channels at first, moving onto the flats as the tide rises, where you can use tuna and nippers for bait, or toss lures.
Brogo Dam is cooling and this is probably the last chance of some reasonable bass fishing before the winter months. Trolling deep diving lures is working best, with bibless lures also producing. For best results, maybe the time honoured tradition of just soaking a worm will work as well as anything.Reads: 509