Coffs Harbour Game
  |  First Published: December 2016

This endless succession of poor inshore water quality and inconsistant current is really starting to grate with a lot of people. This inconsistency is making it hard for everyone to get any fishing done – there’s either too much current, or the current’s going the wrong way, not to mention the incessant nor’easters.

Well thank God for the Better Than Vegas crew who, once again, are the only ones who have been able to deliver some positive news in what has been, yet another, dreadful month for game fishing in this neck of the woods. It was a Country Boys’ charter, and as the most senior angler on board, Chris Geddes from Goonellabah found himself on the rod when a big blue climbed on his Tsutomu lure being run off the rigger. He had the fish boat side and tagged after 90 minutes, and the tale of the tape was a short length of 2.9m. That puts it up over 200kg – which is a very nice effort on a 37 standup.

Apparently Chris was feeling the strain post release, but a bag of ice and some air con pumping through the cabin, soon had him up and about. The fish came from the North Canyons in about 800 fathoms, with bluewater over 24°, and a bit of bait showing. Given the time of year though, that area should be crawling with marlin by now, but if the wind doesn’t stop blowing to let us have a crack, you’d never know what was out there.

The gang also managed a double-header of 10kg mahi mahi, which was the cherry on top of a very successful day. And other than some monster kings up at the light from time to time, it’s been yet another month of few bluewater fishing opportunities. So where do we go from here? Well a weather break would be a great start, so we can get some boats out there looking around – because at the moment, it’s up and down like a yo-yo, and always goes to custard in time for the weekend. Next month… maybe?

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