Fishing Reports

Fishing Report – Wednesday 18th May 2016

Photo 2 - Paul Drewett with spanish mackerelThe larger tides due to the full moon on Sunday should see the pelagic species quite active. Schools of mac tuna can be found from the arti to kingfisher bay and moon point to Rooney’s point. There’s been some nice longtail tuna in the mix particularly up around the Wathumba/Rooney’s area. We’re still seeing good catches of spotted mackerel throughout the bay which is unusual as it’s quite late in the season. Stickbaits and soft plastics are still proving popular on the tuna, with most anglers opting for a metal slug when chasing the mackerel.

The wider reefs have also been loaded with large numbers of Spanish and school mackerel which can be a bit of a nuisance if you’re chasing a feed of reefies. The larger tides will make the fishing a bit tougher on the wider grounds, however over the last week there’s been some great trout caught along with the usual mixed bag.

The inshore reefs will Photo 1 - Lachlan Achilles barrabe worth a shot for a snapper, with some nice squire already being caught. Coral trout have been a semi regular catch on live baits and soft plastics with plenty of cod as bycatch. There’s also been some nice grass sweetlip and scarlets reported. Make sure you’ve got the squid jigs on board as there’s plenty of local squid throughout the bay.

Reports from throughout the Straits have mainly consisted of some quality grunter and threadfin salmon. The prawns are still running thick so make sure you’ve got a cast net handy.

If you want to chase a feed of winter whiting, just look for the flotilla off Gatakers Bay as this is where the most consistent catches are coming from. Just remember when keeping a feed of winter whiting it’s a possession limit of 50 per angler and not just a bag limit.


Lake Monduran Fishing Report – May




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