Wind Drops and Anglers Head Offshore

Finally the wind has abated and anglers where able to head offshore, there was still a bit of swell so the bar crossing was a bit tricky.

You didn’t have to go far with good numbers of spotted mackerel, in the bay they were happy to take slugs and trolled lures. A good spot to try has been Little Hall’s Reef. Spanish and spotties mackerel have also been in good numbers around Chardons and North Reefs, best to concentrate your efforts around the southern ends, floating ganged pilchard has been doing the trick, a secret weapon to increase the bite rate is to add a tinsel head over the pilchards, the flash and colour attracts the fish in the clear water.


Long tail and mac tuna have been seen feeding in the vicinity of Laguna bay and Sunshine reef, the tell tail sign to look for is dive bombing birds, 30 to 60 gram silver slugs and 4-5” jerk shad style soft plastics have been working a treat. Snapper, sweetlip, tuskies and the ever popular coral trout have all been in reasonable numbers around the main reefs, with the better quality fish being coming from North Reef and the Barwon Banks.

Mangrove jacks have been reported in good numbers, they have been caught throughout the system, structure or rough ground has been the key, with many angler having success on both live baits and paddle tail soft plastic presentations. The Keitech Easy Shiner in the 4” has been a real favourite. Good quality flathead have been out in force, with report of fish pushing the 1 meter mark lurking the river mouth area.

Soft plastics have been their main undoing, however drifting a pilchard is also a very rewarding technique. Poppers and smaller surface walkers have been all the hype on the whiting scene, with the favourable Jackson EBI Panick in the natural clear colours doing some real damage. There’s been reports of smaller mixed trevally species harassing bait fish in the areas of Woods bay and Frying pan. Popper and surface walkers have been the go in the low light periods.

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