|  First Published: April 2010

We have had some fantastic stable weather and with it has been some great fishing, particularly inside Georges Bay.

There have been quite a few small pinkie snapper caught throughout the bay, both on baits and soft plastic lures.

Areas such as Moulting Bay, Treloggins Shore and Beauty Bay have produced some good catches and some fish have also been caught from the jetties. Recently a couple of regular anglers fishing the bay caught their bag limit of snapper ranging from 30-38cm.


The garfish have also started and good schools have been present in the bay for almost a month or so now. While they still have a little bit of growing to do before they are at the giant size we have become accustomed to. However there are still some excellent sized fish to be caught at the moment. They will get bigger as we move through May.

King George Whiting

Good numbers of King George whiting are still being caught by bait anglers in Georges Bay.

There have been plenty of reports of large whiting being caught in the bay, mostly around the shallower sand bank areas along the channel.

These fish can be caught with baits such as pipis and clams but one of the best baits for them is the Dynabait freeze-dried tubeworms and bloodworms.

Australian salmon

The bay has also been alive with many schools of small to medium Australian salmon. While not many fish are the big models we saw last season, they have still been a lot of fun on light tackle.


Mixed in with the Australian salmon are tailor, and some of them are pretty impressive. A report came in recently of some tailor caught around 2.kg, which is a thumping tailor anywhere in Australia.


Prawning has started again with plenty of people heading out on the calm nights with a prawn light, net and bucket in hand; many have not been disappointed.

Georges Bay, Ansons Bay, Scamander River mouth and various coastal lagoons have all produced some good hauls of quality prawns all around a good eating size.


Along the coast it seems plenty of boat anglers are catching good numbers of larger than normal flathead. Most fish seem to be in the shallower water at the moment around 15-20m.

Areas between the Gardens and Sloop Rock have been productive as has Paddys Island and off Scamander.

The best lure for flathead at the moment seems to be the Neptune Arrow Jig rigs in both the pink and pink/white however the new Lumo colour has proven to be absolutely deadly.


Offshore the action is starting to hot up and a number of striped marlin sightings have been reported both inshore and out wide.

Over Easter there were some decent yellowfin tuna weighed in for the Easter Game Fishing Competition.

A 66kg and a 75kg yellowfin tuna were brought to boat caught in only 70m of water just outside Merricks Reef as well as a few southern bluefin tuna to 23kg further out wide.

A marlin was also lost at the boat after a short fight in a trailer boat.

Jamie Henderson owns St Helens Bait & Tackle right next to the fabulous Georges Bay. Call Jamie on 03 6376 2244, he has all the latest in tackle and bait and all the latest fishing information.

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