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Good fishing despite the winds
  |  First Published: March 2017



We have experienced a fantastic holiday period with awesome weather. Maybe it was a little too hot on some days, but nonetheless we had great fishing conditions. The spotty macks have been playing the ‘now you see me, now you don’t,’ but that is pretty normal with the water temperature all over the place, due to northerly/southerly changes.

Anglers have been using techniques such as trolling pink squid lures, live bait, pilchards and spinning around the Woody Head to Shark Bay area. We have weighed in fish in the 3-4kg category. There have been some very nice cobia caught such as a 20kg fish taken off the Bluff Headland. Snapper and trag are being caught around the usual hotspots from Woody Head to Black Rock.

The Clarence has seen some great fishing, even though we still need that rain. Whiting in good sizes and numbers are being taken in and around the sand flats. We weighed in a few decent fish over Christmas and January up to 420g caught by Michael Hogan from Gravilia using yabbies. The open beaches have also seen very nice size whiting, bream and dart.

There are plenty of chopper tailor in the river at the moment and some really nice size greenbacks off the beaches and headlands, such as Chris Tom’s magnificent 5.75kg fish caught at Woody Head back in January using a popper. There have been a few nice mulloway caught as well. Wazza Bell from Brisbane weighed in a 23.5kg fish caught at Iluka Beach using fresh mullet.

Spanish macks and longtails won’t be far away! Happy fishing everyone.

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