Fishing Report 02/12/18
The unsettled weather is helping people catch up on all those chores around the home and get the Christmas shopping done but I expect when the weather improves again we will see busy times at the boat ramps and jetties. The best of the weather was late Thursday Friday and Saturday with Sunday taking a bit of a dive and that was exactly where we got our reports from this week. Saturday didn’t start how it was supposed to, but the waterways and jetties were busy and those who persevered through the winder than forecast start bought some quality fish in to weigh. The news wasn’t as good for everyone and plenty seemed to miss out all together, just in the wrong spot. The only group that had the same story was those chasing whiting, everyone seemed to miss out chasing them with only a handful of reports coming in this week.
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The snapper reports this week all came from the shallow areas and everyone I spoke to that was fishing deep got donuts. We saw and weighed some quality snapper over Friday and Saturday with the best just under 6kg but several around the low 5kg and high 4kg. There was also plenty of pinkies and the medium size ones seemed to have moved in in numbers with a few of the smaller, just size ones showing up. They are still to turn up in the huge numbers they normally do this time of the year, although possibly a little early. The best areas was across the 6m section of the corals and successful people told us they just stayed in the one spot and burley the fish to them. I had a couple of customers tell me that they sounded fish in the channels but nothing they did got them to take a bait. The reports we got came from all times of the day and tide and there wasn’t any sort of pattern at all other than squid or pilchards was the way to go for bait. Again, this week we had reports from people getting bitten off after a short but heavy run and it varied from just the hooks gone to ½ way up the leader. One customer got bitten off twice in a matter of minutes and decided to set up a small wire trace but all he had on the boat was a charter special, so not a lot of stopping power, as he found out, telling me the story while I was spooling the reel up again for him.
A couple of quality gummies caught this week with most coming from off the Cowes area in the deep channels. One that wasn’t weighed because it was returned to the water to swim away was over 6’ long and full of pups. There was a couple over the 10kg reported and the rest between 6 and 8kg from that area with several closer to 4kg from the other parts of the bay from those chasing snapper. We had two keepers reported from down in cleeland bight and the rougher weather kept people from fishing the reefs offshore. The best bait for gummies this week was tuna, accounting for more that ½ of those reported, pilchards and squid for the rest.
The best of the land based reports has been of calamari from beaches and jetties with only a handful of other fish reported. It was a mixture of baited and artificial jigs this week with the water conditions changing all the time. The reports were also a bit inconsistent for the best time with the usual change of light not always the time to be there, especially on the San Remo jetty. Some of the best reports for the week came from the middle of the tide during the day and it was really just a case of being there at the right time. The beaches were a little more consistent with the better times in the evening but again not always the case. The only thing that stood out was the daytime reports were generally of bigger but fewer while the evening was more numbers of mixed sizes.