Reports of jewfish at the change of tide at the entrance to Fame Cove early this week with a live yellow tail doing the damage. If targeting Jew in the Bay live bait is the way to go or very fresh/dead. Key Jew spots; work Western side of Middle Island or the Entrance to Fame Cove on the change of tide. The Salamander Wreck is always worth a try. Land-based hit the main Breakwall or the Anchorage Short wall on the tide- change.
Hunter Pavey is becoming a crab expert, he walks the traps out with his dad Glen and wow- check-out this big muddy. Hunter has a secret spot around the mangroves. More reports of muddies this week from Tilligerry creek. For blue swimmers get you’re traps out along Wanda Beach and Sunset Beaches. For muddies hit Tilligerry Creek, Karuah River, Fame Cove or North Arm Cove– mullet bait is the way to go. Please remember to mark your crab floats correctly so the DPI don’t seize them. For all the local crabbing rules;
Wayne and Jock doing well with the bream fishing the high tide change off the small reef off Mud Point. As the weather warms so does the flathead fishing, Nic Young testing out the new Samaki Hardy Heady Thumper Tail around the tennis courts at Tilligerry Creek, it worked a treat either hopping in back in or a slow roll (direct wide) with flathead to 58cm and the odd bream in the mix from the racks. Water temp. around 22 degrees. I stuck with the old White Bait fork-tail, the flathead love’em and are super easy to use. When using smaller 70mm vibes best to use a 12lb FC leader as the flathead get their saw-like teeth close to the leader knot. Always best to keep the fishes head down before netting which will limit the lizard head shake. Try any of the small beaches on high water, Shoal Bay, Little Beach, Bagnels, Wanda & Nelson Bay all will produce lizards.
Drift Jimmies Beach for sand whiting & flathead. Work the drop-off’s around Middle Ground for sand whiting and flathead. Try between Red patch Pt & Sandy Pt for sand whiting and lizards.
For trumpeter whiting, drifting between Soldiers Point Boat ramp and Middle Island with the odd flattie in the mix. The trumpeter whiting (also known as winter whiting) only small fish although once filleted make for top-class table fish. There is no minimum size although a bag limit of 20 is in place. Great fun for the kids to catch. These fish love a small prawn and or beachworm. Also try the drifts West of One Tree and Shag Islands.
Reports of rat kings around both break-walls. The main Breakwall still producing, Pete reporting the last of the bream. Best method for bream 00 running ball sinker onto a 1/0 Mustad Penetrator hook or similar ( light gauge at this time of year ) and let the fish take the bait and swim away before striking. Use the bait runner feature on your reel or if not then perhaps consider opening the bail arm to let line peel off freely. Fish at the end of the wall. If fishing night and early morning then berley with chicken pellets or similar for best results.
Hit Sally shores wharf for bream, squid and the odd pelagic from the end of the wharf. Always worth live baiting out to the deep channel which runs about 80m from the end of the wharf.