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The fish are thick
  |  First Published: August 2005



The fish were thick before the moderate flooding of early July and as the water clears they’re likely to become even thicker.

There have been generous catches of luderick and bream in the estuary, tailor from the rocks and beaches and plenty of squire and pearl perch offshore. Bag limits have not been too hard to reach for most anglers targeting these species and this trend should flow into this month.

ESTUARY

Chopper tailor have shown up, giving boat- and land-based anglers plenty to talk about, and while there’s been no big stuff yet, they might turn up soon.

Land-based anglers have been revelling in the action along the rock walls close to the mouth. Best time is late in the day on the run-in tide.

Toss metal slugs and Lazers as far out as you can, let the lure sink for a moments and then retrieve fast. A long rod suitable for distance casts and with plenty of leverage is ideal for tailor spinning. A balanced threadline reel completes the outfit.

Try to steer clear of soft plastics on these sharp-mouthed choppers, they will slice them to pieces with any strike destroying the lure every time.

Boat anglers can find the tailor near the mouth and around the Blue Hole. Drift a promising stretch, spinning in all directions, until a patch is found and fish the school until it moves on.

On the headlands and beaches tailor should show at either end of the day, especially when the seas are quiet. August shapes up to be a promising month for bigger greenbacks.

Blackfish have also been thick. Droves of float-watchers are lining the rocks on the southern side of Boyds Bay Bridge and all are hooking their fair share of quality blackfish.

Be persistent: Ask heaps of questions, especially if the bloke next to you is catching all the fish. You may simply need to change depth, weed, how you strike or how you hold your mouth! Once you have found the knack, this form of fishing is very addictive so give it a go.

Other spots are around the pylons of most bridges in the Tweed and surrounding systems. Best tide by far is the run out.

Fresh weed, either found locally or bought from a shop, will do fine.

The correct depth is also vital. Try around half of the total depth at first, then adjust 30cm at a time until you find the depth at which they are biting.

If the bite goes off, try changing the depth again and often you will find a new patch of feeding fish. Try to keep your bait in the quieter areas out of the main flow; in between the pylons is perfect for this.

The blackfish should continue to fire well into the next few months so it’s just a matter of finding a hot spot, some weed and when they will bite.

Bream anglers have been still catching a few but no great numbers. The upper reaches held plenty of fish before the heavy rain of July so there should be plenty of fish down around the mouth after the fresh has gone through. A well-presented soft plastic or live yabby should be nailed quickly.

OFFSHORE

Some decent conditions recently produced great fishing east of the Tweed bar. Best catches have been squire and venus tusk fish (locally known as parrot). Bag limits have not been a problem around the 32-fathom line and around the Five Mile Reef.

Predictions of a good year for the snapper have come true. Bigger snapper, up around 7 kg, have been landed and there should be plenty more this month.

Some crews have had good success on pearl perch out wider, around the 40-fathom line, ane these beautiful eating fish are worth travelling for.

The Winter blues (big spanish mackerel) have also been tipped to show this month so if you’re keen, troll a tailor or a slimy for best chances. For more info, hints and ideas drop in a see the guys at Anglers Warehouse or phone 07 5536 3822.

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