Marvellous May is possibly one of the best months of the year for consistent weather patterns. Cool mornings, mild days and light breezes can make fishing conditions ideal. I hope I didn’t just put a curse on this month, but the weather can’t be any worse than what we have been experiencing.
With moderate conditions, those venturing into the deep blue this month will be rewarded with some good catches. Snapper should be the primary targets and reports of good fish already are a promising sign for a great month ahead.
Those heading north out of Port have done well on cobia and kingfish, with some fish not able to be stopped. Fresh live baits have been the best option and good numbers of bait schools indicate happy times ahead.
When you’re heading outside make sure you have all the right equipment to enjoy your outing, especially all your safety gear. There have been too many reports lately of people getting into trouble so double-check your safety gear and make sure your boat is up to the task.
There should be some cracker bream catches off the rocks now, especially on the high tides after dark. The tides this month aren’t huge so conditions should be good. Make sure you check out the spots before the light fails so you know where to fish.
Fresh baits and soft plastics will have you tangling with some kilo-plus bream. Tacking Point Lighthouse and Grants Head will be prime spots, with plenty of good ledges to fish. As always, fish baits as light as you can, unweighted if possible, and you’ll land those bigger fish that tend to hold in mid-water around the washes.
Tailor have been consistent lately but this month they should build in numbers and quality. Point Plomer and Point Perpendicular will be the top spots, dawn and dusk are the optimum times.
Beach fishing will also be a highlight after recent ugly weather produced some good formations. Around this time we get a good influx of baitfish which bring in the predators. Bream will be plentiful, tailor will be going mad and look for the birds working the gutters and you’ll more than likely find some salmon and the odd mulloway. Some good flathead should also be on offer. Best baits will be live worms, slabs of mullet, live baits and fresh garfish.
North Beach should be the pick of the spots along with Dunbogan and Lighthouse.
Estuary angling has been consistent if not exceptional, with some days crackers and others downright hard work. Recently I managed to sneak out early one morning on my own and was home by 10.30am after bagging out on bream, scoring a nice feed of flathead, a cracker whiting and bizarre catch of a permit, all within 1km of the boat ramp!
If you’re after some fun in the river this month, start at the breakwalls. Bream will be thick, especially after dark, and fresh prawns, mullet gut and fresh slab baits will produce some nice fish.
Luderick should produce a lot of fun for the weed-soakers and it could be shoulder room only along the southern wall, especially on the bend adjacent to the Sundowner Tourist Park.
Flathead should be moving up river and sandy banks with good drop-offs should produce some nice fish. Be prepared to weed out the rats before you get some quality table fish around 42cm.
Drifting with baits bouncing on the bottom will get you some nice fish but lures will get you the quality. Drift the banks and throw 3” and 4” plastics on 1/8oz and 1/4oz jig heads as close to the bank as possible and bounce them along the bottom out into deeper water.
Match the plastic colour to the water clarity. If the water is clear, go to light or transparent colours; if the water is dark then deeper brown and purple colours are my favourites.
Don’t forget Mother’s Day this month – buy Mum that new rod she’s always wanted or give her the quality morning time and take the kids for a fish and let her enjoy a sleep-in.
There have been some frustrated anglers at the boat ramps and recently I’ve come across some absolute wombats.
Patience, practice and preparation are vital ingredients for launching and retrieving a vessel. Too often I’ve seen people back a boat down a ramp and then spend 20 minutes prepping the boat before launching, while other organised anglers are waiting to launch or retrieve.
Nearly all the ramps in the Hastings area have spots where you can prep your boat for launching out of the way of people launching and retrieving. Use common sense and keep the ramps clear. If only one person reads this and makes some changes to their launching habits then I’m sure there will be a lot of happier boaters out there.Reads: 1009