With the water in the river still quite dirty after the rains a couple weeks ago, fishing the lower reaches of the river around the top of the tide has been the go. Whiting have been in good numbers, quality whiting can still be found around the frying pan and dog beach. Live blood worms have been working particularly well with the dirty water. Fishing the shallow flats with poppers and stickbaits has still been accounting for some nice elbow slappers with the odd bream and flathead in the mix. Popular lure choices have been the Strada Viral 70, Bolt Ballistic 50 and Fish Candy Skinny Dog.
Bream have also been prolific in the river with good quality fish coming from Munna Point, Woods Bay and the river mouth. Blades can be quite effective in the dirty water and if you’re fishing a soft plastic the addition of a quality scent like S-Factor or Pro Cure can make all the difference.
Some nice flathead being found around the lower reaches as well. Trolling brighter lures has been effective and covers a lot of ground. Hopping blades and paddle tail plastics along the bottom is very effective as well as they let off a lot of vibration. Jacks and jewies have been taking live baits and paddle vibes around the top of the tide at the river mouth. There are a lot of smaller jewies in the mix so just be careful of the legal minimum size of 75cm.
Out on the reefs, Sunshine has been fishing well for sweetlip, squire and coral trout with the dirty water. North and Chardon’s reefs have seen heaps of Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna and longtail tuna. Search for the clearer water and that’s where you’ll find the fish. Floating pillies, livies, trolled hardbody lures and micro jigs have all worked well. Good lures for trolling have been the Samaki Pacemaker and Strada HD Tracka, with the Palms Slow Blatt’s being the pick of the micro jigs. The Spanish have been a bit wary of wire trace so fishing a mono leader around 60-80lb has been getting better numbers. A few anglers have reported exceptional pearl perch off Chardon’s Reef over the weekend.
Davo’s Manager Josh Power and Dane Radosevic fished an afternoon session at Lake Macdonald last Friday, landing five bass and missing as many.They found good schools of bass around the Botanical gardens and bubbler but the fish were a bit timid. Fishing finesse plastics over the weed around the points at Borer Creek and towards the Three Ways proved successful. A light tip rod is ideal for this style of fishing as it is more of a shaking action with the rod tip as opposed to a hop retrieve. Dane managed a nice bass on surface on a Megabass Pop-x fishing on one of the weedy edges on the way back to the ramp.
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