Howdy everyone from Stanage Bay Marine & Accommodation.
Finally the weekly road, crabbing and fishing report will be on this site again after a long break. The report is also in the monthly Bush n’ Beach Fishing magazine, so do yourself a big favour and buy one, or better still get a subscription.
The road into Stanage Bay as we speak is in the usual dirt road condition, having its usual variation of corrugation and pot holes, from small to large, with the occasional drain washed through from one side to the other. The visitors opinion varies from how they drive, what they are driving and what they are towing.
I hear different opinions within minutes of each other from best I’ve ever seen it to worst I’ve ever seen it. The way I see it may be totally different once again, but I tell it as what I have noticed over the last week on the day. The Mud Cabbing in the Thirsty Sound has been very slow, no matter what bait is used, the pots nor the sets, however on the bright side, the usual, has been a slow summer for muddies, a good winter.
The only advice I can give is what we do , keep on trying, even by running your pots every second day. Set you pots according to the size of the tides and with bigger than normal fresh baits. Always tie your pots and they will be there when you return, and return at the same time of the tide as when you set them, always allowing for the 30 minutes or so, difference in the time.
You should be looking at the deeper water and rocks when its especially colder. The estuary fishing has been on the slow side also, by some, but others are showing me pics of their catches of blue bone parrot, bream, cod and barra. So the thing atm seems to be pot lucky and use fishing as a relaxation stress buster. On the islands, reef outside fishing, once again with the windows of good, to extremely millpond conditions with virgin visitors, yearly visitors and locals, I have had mixed reported action.
The Dukes/ Marble Island group, in the one hand have been sharing legal red emperor in the other hand only key ring size reds, so it’s a lucky dip there so I believe. The Percys are once again ever so hot or freezing cold with giving up its legals. The Hexham group of islands, Shield, Otterbourne, Low and Steep have all been a little kinder for the lads with the dead bait. Some soft plastics being jigged, including the smashed crab and nuclear chicken seem to be working a treat atm.
Please forget about visiting all the other tackle shops and mates of mates who sell bait, ice, crab pots etc….we have it all here at Stanage Bay in my tackle shop at the back of the boatyard…im not a thief and can give you all the info you will need….look after me and I will look after you, hows that for a deal fellas. Remember , Von is in the tackle shop at the back of the boatyard. Weigh in your fish n muddies and get a pic to share. Of course, its free!
I have lots of fishermen friendly accommodation at Pacific Villa And Pacific Oasis, cancellation spots available still for 2017 and I have just started bookings for 2018.