A slight drop has brought the water temperature back to optimal fishing temperatures and last month we saw everything from gummies to kingfish caught in good numbers.
Gummy sharks were the main target out wide last month, due to plenty of good reports of 10kg+ fish landed in 22m of water. Anglers who fish early mornings and afternoons did the best, and it wasn’t uncommon for anglers to catch 2-3 good-sized gummies in a session.
Anglers heading down further along the offshore grounds were getting good-sized pinkies on the reefs in 18m. Pilchards and squid were the best baits, and again, whether you were anchored or drifting it didn’t really matter too much. Anglers drifting were getting good bags of flathead as well.
We better talk about the kingfish. Once that water dropped to around 17°C, they came on really strong and could be found out wide in 30m of water and more feeding on schools of whitebait. To find them, we trolled skirted lures of around 4-5” long. Trolling is effective, the real tell tale sign was the bird activity.
There are large schools of baitfish out wide, and the best method to find kings is to look for flocks of terns and gannets. Even if they aren’t diving, they are a good indicator that bait is in the area and the kings won’t be too far away.
Knife jigs have been a great method to use to find deep schools of kingfish and we have been using 150-200g jigs with great success. However, micro-jigs have been getting a few fish as well and we have done a fair job on 60-100g micro-jigs fished very slow or on the drop.
In the same area, drifting with large fresh cut baits such as slimy mackerel, yakkas and salmon has been successful for bigger gummy sharks and there have been plenty around the 12kg mark caught in 35m of water.
There have still been good numbers of pinkie snapper of around 35cm as well on the reefs in 21-30m, but they will slowly get harder to find as the water temperature drops off.
It’s the same story with the kings, and I think we will have another month of great fishing depending on the quantity of bait around.
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