Blackfish has fired-up off the main Breakwall with the majority of fish being taken on the high change on the outside. Cabbage, weed and weed flies are doing well. Fish to 38cm & bigger in top condition.
Fish the change of tide on the outside of the wall, consider your depth between 10-12ft, ensure the float is set low to the water-line and less is more when it comes to bait. Bait presentation is key, ensure there’s not too much, in the case of using weed I’d suggest a loop knot to secure the bait and don’t make the tail under the point too long avoid bunching up as the weed expands in the water. If using cabbage then one leaf pulled up over the eye of the hook with a gentle half hitch. Both of these methods make it harder for the fish to get the bait off which will give the angler the opportunity to ensure a more solid hook-up.
Something Fishy: Luderick season in full swing
John ‘Stinker’ Clake
Bream have been slow in the Bay to date, with reports of commercial mess netting around the inside of Tomaree being a contributing factor. Frank reports the odd bream on floating half pilchard baits from the main Breakwall. Holding the fish in a certain place with chicken or prawn pellets. Upon cleaning the fish their gut cavity will reveal chicken pellets. The rig is really simple, 10-12lb mono. with 00 or 0 ball sinker to a 1/0 Mustard Penetrator hook. In super calm water no sinker at all is suggested. Let the bream pick the bait up and move off before striking, perhaps using a bait runner featured reel or an open bail arm will increase the chances of the fish shallowing the bait.
Some solid snapper coming off the long wharf at Little Beach. Reports of school jewfish at the drop-off at the Western side of Middle Island on vibes and live baits. Reports of some cracking bream from the disable wharf at the Southern end of Little Beach near the Boathouse Restaurant as well as the odd blackfish.
The Sally Shores wharf producing some solid green eye squid on 2.5 size jigs. Tailor being taken from Shoal Bay Wharf on small metals.