April and May is our pelagic season, where better quality fish come out to play and rip line off our reels. If you want to tick a big Spanish mackerel or longtail tuna off the bucket list now is the time to put in the maximum amount of effort.
The best way to get among them is to slow troll lives. Slimy mackerel is the pick of the bunch, but if you can’t get hold of any slimies others will work such as tailor or yellowtail. A 30lb outfit is the best way to get among the action. A double hook rig on single strand wire in the 40-60lb range is best when dealing with pelagics like Spanish mackerel that like to slash at tails when attacking.
Those same pelagics will be caught off the stones as well. The wall will be the most popular spot with the crowds, but if you don’t mind a bit of adventure there are spots to the north and south that produce just as many fish and the chances of seeing anyone else is slim to none.
The same technique mentioned before will work off the rocks except you should have your livie out under a float on the edge of the wash line.
On the flathead side of things the action will be starting to move upriver. Bright coloured plastics and blades are your best bet and chartreuse is my favourite colour to tie on when chasing a feed of flatties.
There are still muddies around if you’re up for a feed of crabs. Remember to keep an eye on your pots as there are plenty of light fingered people getting around that are not happy with just taking all your crabs but who will also steal your pots.
Upriver the bass fishing has been a little tough of late. The highlight has been the night surface bites. Larger lures in the 70-90mm range attract better quality fish. My favourite has been the Bills Bugs Fizzers, closely followed by Croaker Lure’s Paddlers; both lures have worked well in these night sessions. Slow rolling 4” plastics rigged weedless out of snags, as well as the ever-faithful spinnerbait have worked a treat as the sun gets overhead in the sky. Getting deep in the cover of the snag has been the key to maximising catch rates of late.
Upping the leader size is a must when fishing this close to structure where it is just a matter of time until you get snagged! It is also time to start stocking up on some mulloway lures in preparation for the mullet run.
We are all hoping we will have a bit better one than last season, which unfortunately turned out to be a bit of a fizzer!Reads: 1534