It seems the pelagic scene has exploded with salmon, tailor, striped tuna and huge bait schools right along the coast.
Some of the best action has occurred around the Six-Mile Reef with big schools of slimy mackerel present. Following these are the striped tuna, which have been up to around 6kg in weight. Trolling small rubber squid or deep diving hardbodied lures has produced some great fish, but for the sporting anglers throwing metal slugs and soft plastic stick baits has been a dynamite technique. Look for the birds and the fish won’t be far away.
It also pays to have a bigger outfit rigged and ready with live bait as there have been lots of mako sharks spotted feeding in the bait schools.
The snapper have been a little quiet but the fish that are there are generally better sizes, with the occasional red to 6kg being taken. The Six- and Four-Mile reefs have again been best producers, mainly on pilchard or squid legs.
In closer the gummy sharks have been fishing really well and some anglers are bagging out quickly and releasing some bigger fish. The Pines has been always been a fairly reliable location (about 7km west of the entrance) and also around Pettmans and Gibbs Beach to the east have seen good numbers of sharks too.
The beach has seen good numbers of gummies up to 4ft during the evening on squid legs, but be prepared to battle it out with the crabs.
Some good salmon and tailor have also been caught from the sand up to 2kg mostly by bait anglers but the tried and proven silver wobbler has caught plenty of good fish recently too and is a great way of covering ground to find the fish.
In the lake itself there have been lots of smaller salmon to 1kg which are great sport for the kids. Small metal slugs are the best bet for hooking these, and they are best targeted on the run-in tide.
Areas like Kalimna Jetty, Bullock Island and the North Arm Bridge are all fairly safe places to fish and there is plenty of room for a few anglers.
The flatties have gone a little quiet of late but there are still some table size duskies around Nungurner on pilchard fillets and small stick baits like Berkley Power Minnows.
A few good whiting have appeared around Kalimna and have been caught on pipi and mussel.
The prawns went absolutely ballistic for a couple of months but have gone very quiet in the last few weeks; here’s hoping they fire once more this season. Try on the new moon around Bullock Island and Kalimna Jetty as the prawns run out on the ebb tide. Some big flounder are around too, so keep an eye out for them.
Lake Tyers has been a little slow but fishing the structure has produced bream to 36cm and a few good flatties along the sand flats in the bottom lake. Twitching hardbodies like the new Atomic 50mm shads has been a fun way to catch the bream. Focus on rock bars, submerged timber and manmade structure like the floating channel markers as these can be red hot at times.
If no fish are spotted on the structure try throwing plastics or metal vibes in the deeper holes and see what comes along. Further up in the Nowa Nowa and Torloo arms the luderick are in big numbers and also in size. Some thumpers over 2kg are being hooked by slack-lining sandworm into the snags and fights are won or lost in the first few seconds.
I love fishing with light gear, but for this calibre of fishing 10lb is normally about as light as you could fish. It sounds like overkill to some, but when you look at the structure and the growth on them it makes perfect sense. Just remember the bag and size limits and only take enough for a feed.Reads: 2161