Sal­mon is still an op­tion

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

Surf fish­ers have been some­what sur­prised by the num­ber of sal­mon still ap­pear­ing along the coast.

Big schools of sal­mon have been reg­u­larly turn­ing up at Sal­mon Holes, but the 3kg-7kg fish have only mo­men­tar­ily been within cast­ing range.

Shel­leys has also been pro­duc­ing sal­mon as well as plenty of mixed-size her­ring.

Cables has had the odd sal­mon school ap­pear and there have been tai­lor mixed in with the sal­mon at Na­narup.

King Ge­orge whit­ing sizes have been smaller re­cently but num­bers have been bet­ter through the in­shore wa­ters of Two Peo­ples Bay, Cosy Cor­ner and Cheyne Beach.

Squid catches have been im­prov­ing and there are loads of sand whit­ing, her­ring and skippy near Michael­mas and Break­sea is­lands, Gull Rock and French­mans.

Yel­low­tail king­fish between 5kg and 8kg were al­most at the nui­sance stage at Maud Reef and Van­cou­ver Reef last week.

Skippy have also been la­belled nui­sances by some, while there are oth­ers who have had a tough time get­ting away from sam­son fish to 30kg.

The co­ral scat­tered along the 60m-90m depths has been fish­ing rea­son­ably well for pink, red and queen snap­per as well as break­sea cod of mixed sizes and dhu­fish.

The big­ger boats that have man­aged to head to the edge of the shelf, and be­yond, have scored grey-banded cod, bass groper and ha­puka.

There have been whis­pers of re­cent mul­loway catches from the King and Kal­gan rivers.

Both are fish­ing fairly well for black bream, ju­ve­nile sal­mon and the odd her­ring.

Tai­lor and sal­mon have been caught off Na­narup.

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