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Monster mangrove jack off the rocks
  |  First Published: April 2016



There have been some great fish caught in the Iluka area of late but wind and swell conditions have made fishing a challenge, especially offshore. Spotty mackerel are the flavour of the month and have taken a liking to pink squid skirts. The odd Spanish mack has turned up along with a few reports of big fish taken on the Iluka break wall.

When conditions have allowed there have been some nice tailor picked up on lures and pilchard off the Bluff, Wall, marine rescue and beaches. Nice tarwhine, bream and dart have also been taken on the open beaches, especially in Shark Bay, which is more sheltered from prevailing winds and swell. There have been some nice black tip sharks and cobia caught in this area also.

Ray Simpson weighed in a cracking 15.5kg cobia recently. There are definitely more fish like this one hanging about! Mulloway action has been steady and Chris Berkley recently weighed in a nice 11kg fish. Most mulloway have been caught in the river this month with two fish taken around midday at Browns Rocks on live bait. Whiting have been around in good numbers, but many are just undersize. Look for good fish around Freeburn Island with nippers and worms.

On the crab front, blue swimmers have been in good numbers and improving, with muddy numbers still doing better further up the river.

The catch of the month goes to Mathew Hayden and Bruno for their mangrove jack catches (3kg and 2.5kg respectively), taken at Browns Rocks on Wednesday on live bait. Hopefully we can start to enjoy the long tails running and get outside with calmer days forecasted.

Don’t forget to check out the Iluka wall, which has finally been sealed and finished after months of restoration work.

There are some fantastic spots to fish with the family that don’t involve long treks or rock walls such as Moriarty Beach down the Marine Rescue turn-off. Happy fishing everyone!

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