Ha­puka ‘top-shelf’ quarry

Albany Extra - - Fish 'N' Tips - Joachim Az­zopardi

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.

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