Kingfish stick around and pelagics come on strong
  |  First Published: April 2017

We’ve had some good weather over the past month, broken up by some real sour patches. There have been good reports of decent salmon off the beaches. One old timer came into the shop last week with the carcass of a 4kg salmon that he caught off Kennett River.

He was bait fishing and I asked him how many of those he’d caught. “About 50, as well as a nice 2.5kg snapper this morning,” he said.

Closer to the Bay, the far end of Wild Dog Creek Beach, Pirates Cove, is still a favourite spot.

There are still good snapper and big flatties about. Cape Patton around the 40m mark is quite productive. Con from Hit-n-Run charters told me they had had some very good sessions there recently. Bald Hill and Blanket Bay reefs are still fishing well as well.

The kingfish are hanging around the bay, with a very big school spotted cruising past the harbour entrance recently. There was just one visiting fisho out there at the time, so he cast a lure out into them and ended up with a nice 5.5kg fish, making him a very happy man.

The local rivers and streams are still fishing pretty well for bream and a few good trout have been caught higher up. Some of them are looking very low and slow, so hopefully a few good showers will freshen them up. That’ll fire the bream and trout up as well.

With autumn here we should see some more stable weather and the fishing should generally improve. Although the smaller fish have already appeared, bigger southern bluefin tuna won’t be far off, so now is the time to go through all of your gear and make sure it’s ready to go. Service your reels, check your guides for wear and your line for any defects, check any lures for problems and keep those hooks sharp. You don’t want anything to fail at the wrong time.

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