Finally, the weather gods have shone upon us and given us a run of glorious weather, both offshore and estuaries have been inundated with anglers and we pray for better weather to come.
Great offshore weather and cold winter mornings has been a great recipe for chasing Spanish Mackerel, the North and South Overfall, Singapore and Hyde rock along with Baileys, Wigton and Slade islands have all produced good numbers of Spanish Mackerel. Trolling Ribbonfish, Gar and Sauries along current lines and pressure points or jigging 80-100grm metal jigs around bombies and pinnacles.
There have been mixed reports of Red Emperor and Nannygai catches, with most boats targeting the shipping channel failing to get a feed. Larger numbers of fish have been found closer to the reefs whilst fishing depths of 20mtrs, fish caught in the channel have been found stacked up high in the water column on pinnacles and structure.
The shallow reef edges around Stevens, Chauvel and South Hampton have all reported quality catches of Red Throat, Coral Trout and Grassy Sweet lip, whilst casting Westin Swim bait and Nomad Mad scads along the reef flats bagging an assortment of Coral Trout, Spangle Emperor and Red Throat.
The creeks and estuaries throughout winter have seen plenty of action. The net free zone around the Seaforth area has had great reports from anglers. Barramundi, Grunter, Bream and large numbers of King Salmon back in the creeks. Large schools of Black and Silver Bream being caught in Murray and Victor creeks using strips of mullet and Gar with the odd 50-60cm Grunter taking strips of squid.
The upper reaches of Constance, Mathers and Boundary creeks have had soft plastic enthusiast tied up to some solid Barramundi and Mangrove Jacks using 3-4’ paddle and curly tails, with large numbers of Blue Salmon caught on both plastics and vibes. Trolling 70-80cm hard bodies have produced some huge King Salmon and Barra whilst live baiters working the deep holes and rock bars catching there fair share of fish.
Whiting fishing has been hit and miss with mixed reports coming from all areas. Alligator, Sandy and Bakers creeks have been hot spots throughout winter whilst Cullen island in the Pioneer river producing anglers with a good feed.