Fishing report 29-07-18
Fishing festival update - if you aren’t luck enough the own a boat capable of heading offshore or just want an outing with the family, as part of the day Wildlife Coast Cruises will do doing a 45min cruise out to the cape from San Remo which on its own will be worth doing but the best part is the cost, ONLY $5 per head. There is only 2 cruises for the day and bookings are essential and I would say they will sell out fast so head to the festival web site, www.srfishfest.com.au scroll down to the Program of Events where you will find the link to book. There will be plenty to do for the whole family at the festival so plan to stay all day and don’t forget also to register your boat to be part of the blessing ceremony.
I am looking out the window while writing this and can see the moored yachts off Newhaven with the waves breaking over them with the strong winds which is quite a contrast from yesterday where there was barely a ripple on the water. That has been the pattern for many weeks now and the chances of wetting a line have been slim. Saturday was one of the box and the best day on a weekend for a long while and plenty took advantage of the fine conditions. What was surprising on Saturday was the lack of people fishing on the jetties. Maybe everyone was on a boat fishing with a mate because there was quite a few trailers in the carpark.
Perfect conditions meant that many boats headed offshore but some of the smaller ones got a bit of a surprise because although no wind the swell was up a little and uncomfortable for some. Those who stayed managed some very good catches of fish and it was if everyone had their own whale that came over for a look. The reports we received were of good numbers of flathead, nothing too big but big enough to fillet for a feed of tails. The best of the reports came from those out looking for gummies where several quality winter offshore ones were caught. There was the odd reports of salmon, couta and pinkies but all a bit harder to find.
From the reports the calamari were hiding and most struggled to find more than a couple and even the couta were a bit shy in the bay. This could all be due to the weather last week and we normally find it takes a couple of days to come good. During the week I think we saw one boat on the water and that was only for a short time in between the wind and the rain. Because we are getting the strong north winds still with a slight westerly thrown in it opens up cleeland bight for a fish if you have a kayak. Reports we did get from them was of some good calamari numbers caught a couple of evenings. We did get a second hand report of a quality catch, both size and number of whiting from near the sand hill in cleeland bight.