The start of July has yet again been a weather write-off, low pressure systems creating strong winds and big seas together with large amounts of rainfall haven’t been conducive to outdoor activities. On the bright side this weekend is looking ok weather wise. Although in the last month there has been the odd mid-week windows that have produced fish.
The continued flush of our estuary system has certainly activated the fishing with everything from blackfish to snapper in the bay together with sand whiting being taken off Shoal Bay Beach in ok numbers around 30cm in July!
Tuesday the snapper put on a show for the Jensen Family with some quality fish being landed on the first on the run-in. All taken on fresh dead baits and all were released back to fight another day.
I understand the snapper are in the bay and feeding on whole squid, fresh/dead fish baits so find a reef location / structure and work the change of tide with your baits down a long berley trail and you’re in with a chance.
Bream on prawns from the main Breakwall have turned right on with fish to 44cm being taken and many getting their 10 fish in quick time. The most successful bream anglers are targeting the fish early morning and afternoon and using berley to get the best results.
For those keen blackfisho’s they are here and taking baits, the main Breakwall is the key location, inside near the marine rescue boat in the afternoons, if you like fishing in a swimming pool! I’d prefer to fish the outside wall on the tide change. Both weed and cabbage are working well I’d suggest a rich berley mix at the start of the season with a drop or two of aniseed. All reports are the fish were sizable and in good condition with 6 and 8’s being taken.
For those interested in starting blackfishing this season, check-out;
Hit Shoal Bay wharf for the last of the garfish, as well as the odd Tailor on metals or pilchards. Bream to 1kg from the small wharf at the Southern end of Little Beach with the odd black fish starting to hit the nets. Reports of flathead from Rocks Awash to 60cm on plastics.
The odd jew being taken on the tide change Western side of Middle Island and Entrance to Fame Cove. Winter whiting on the chew on the drift West of Shag Island and North of Bulls Island, prawns and worms doing the damage.