Hot times offshore
  |  First Published: May 2010

Already this season we have seen plenty of tuna and it looks like there are plenty more to come.

Currents and water temps have been superb this season for most forms of offshore fishing, especially for game fish.

Even though the marlin did not hit the expectations we were hoping for there were definitely enough around to keep us interested.

This has also been the case with the tuna with a wide variety of species from the small to the very big to keep us entertained.

If you are into light-tackle speedsters like frigate mackerel, striped tuna or bonito there have been enough to satisfy, while out wider the albacore, yellowfin and longtails have offered plenty of back-breaking action.

There has also been the occasional big-eye tuna to make things interesting and hopefully the signs of the odd southern bluefin already have the making of a great Winter tuna season.

Don’t put away your marlin gear just yet because there are quite a few hanging around. It is likely one may pinch a live bait in a berley trail or hit a skirted lure set for a tuna while travelling from A to B.

Most of the tuna are working the berley trails although there are plenty being taken on the troll. Bibbed and bibless lures can work well in conjunction with skirted lures and once fish are located, have berley ready to throw in for the rest of the school to respond straight away.

There are plenty of sharks being attracted by the berley especially those high-flying makos.


Offshore reef and light tackle options also have plenty to offer. In close and up at Montague Island kingfish can still be captured by many different methods.

Bonito have had a resurgence this season and can be caught at the island and close to shore; they have a particular liking for diving minnows.

Out wide on the reefs you can expect the occasional Tassie trumpeter, ocean perch and, over the shelf, ling, hapuka, blue eye trevalla and cod.

Back closer to shore snapper, flathead, morwong and gummy sharks are also plentiful.

If you like fishing the rocks then the Blue Pool through to the Main Headland will provide plenty of action from drummer, which have been abundant this season.

There are some excellent groper along with bream, trevally, wrasse and schools of passing salmon to keep the action coming.

Salmon are prolific on the beaches at present and can be captured all through day hours and into the night. Sharks, tailor and jewfish may also be present.

The estuaries are mostly quiet, although in the warmer water on the incoming tide you are likely to encounter some nice bream, the odd flathead, quite a few silver trevally and some lovely garfish.

The last of the falling tide and the first of the incoming is the time to target luderick, which are providing great angling around all the rock walls and bridge pylons.

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