Hapuka ‘top-shelf’ quarry
Heavy knife jigs have been working well on hapuka in waters beyond the continental shelf.
The hapuka, which are believed to be forming spawning aggregations, have ranged from 10kg-30kg.
One deep-water enthusiast managed to land two hapuka on the same jig during a session in several hundred metres of water last week.
The quality reef fish have required some effort to find along the coral between the 50m and 90m contours.
Those who put the time in to find the dhufish, snapper, breaksea and skippy picked up reasonable catches of these common reef species.
It has been a similar story for the King George whiting, which are mostly being found in inshore areas by those putting in the time and effort and finding the clearer water.
Squid catches have been steady along the seagrass areas, while sand whiting are about in good quantities. The boats that worked the waters near Michaelmas and Breaksea islands, as well as Gull Rock and Frenchmans, picked up some nice-size skippy and plenty of herring in addition to their King George catches.
An estimated 50-tonne salmon school turned up just outside of casting distance at Salmon Holes last week.
Smaller schools have been occasionally appearing at Bremer Bay while 3kg-7kg fish have been caught in their ones and twos at Sand Patch, Cables, Shelleys and Nanarup throughout the week.
Black bream fishers have been using a range of methods including baits, soft plastic and hard-bodied lures to catch fish to 40cm in both of the local systems, as well as those out east and west.
There were herring found in the Kalgan last week.
Mulloway have been a little hard to come by.
Cowan Wise with a massive blue groper caught east of Albany.