Holy barnacles it’s been hot in Iluka the last few weeks! Local temperatures have soared into the mid-30s on many days with some hectic afternoon storms.
Local fishing in the river has been slow to steady with some nice whiting taken, especially around Freeburn Island on sand banks with worms and poppers. Lots of smaller bream are around, but some nice size has been taken off the main wall and beaches especially in Shark Bay with fish up to 45cm taken on squid. The flathead have been elusive up this end of the river, but a few nice fish have been caught around Collis Wall and around the back of Palmers Island. There have been some nice luderick found at the Bluff such as Graham Moore’s 1kg fish on the 29 January. The Old Ferry crossing has seen a few nice catches as well.
The spotty mackerel have made a few appearances, with bag limits made at Woody Head. Young Cooper Mulcahy brought his 2.7kg fish in for a weigh-in on the 28 January, way to go Cooper! Tailor have been caught in the river and off the beaches with some good patches but can be sporadic. A nice 2.2kg fish was weighed not too long ago from Jerusalem Creek.
The Tuna should start to make more of an appearance soon. A very nice size Spanish mackerel was seen caught off the wall a couple of weeks ago. There are still a few mulloway around 75-100cm size caught on squid, octopus and hardbodies. Doug Marshal weighed in a 19.5kg mulloway on 14 January caught at the Bluff on a hardbody lure. Make sure you check your Almanac for the best moon and tide times.Reads: 808