Thanks to all the good weather we have had lately, anglers have been hitting the water and catching plenty of fish.
The tinny brigade have been out and about with most good days seeing plenty of retirees and ‘sick’ working folk hitting the water to enjoy the mirror calm conditions. Just keep a thought for the poor buggers heading to work!
The pier is currently undergoing maintenance work and as a result access to the last 220m has been cut off to the public. It is believed to take 10 months to complete so expect there to be more traffic when wetting a line on the remaining work-free area.
There are still plenty of fish being caught off the pier with the first channel producing quality flathead on livies, whiting on yabbies and squid, and some nice bream on flesh baits and soldier crabs.
Most bream caught from the pier are found around the pylons feeding into the current. A well presented bait allowed to drift into the structure is a good way to find better quality bream, as the bigger fish tend to inhabit the best ambush points.
Shovel-nosed shark, mackerel, trevally and tuna are all still a possibility from the shallow end of the pier, they will just be a bit more work than they are from the deep end.
Most shallow reefs have fished well the past few months for cod, coral bream, squire, trout and blackall. Golden trevally and mackerel have been found working the edges of most reefs taking lures, live and dead baits.
The northern end of Big Woody Island has produced some nice squire, coralies, trout, golden trevally and a few squid.
The Arty is starting to fire for snapper and will improve over the next few months. Hard fished areas require the freshest baits if you want to consistently catch good snapper on the arty.
The Gutters and beyond has accounted for some beautiful fish; with red emperor over 20kg, trout over 10kg, cobia from 10-30kg, cod over a meter, and good numbers of parrot, sweetlip and squire snapper.
Most fish have been caught on live yakkas, squid and mullet fillets on paternoster rigs and running sinker/heavy leader set ups.Reads: 924