Snap­pers in 60-80m

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

Reef fish­ing has been pro­duc­tive along the co­ral in 60-80m of wa­ter where fair catches of red, queen and pink snap­per have been picked up along with plenty of break­sea cod and a few dhu­fish.

Sam­son fish and yel­low­tail king­fish have been en­coun­tered near Maude Reef and Van­cou­ver Reef.

Big­ger con­cen­tra­tions of red snap­per are at the edge of the shelf while the 300-400m depths should have ha­puka.

King Ge­orge whit­ing en­thu­si­asts have been do­ing bet­ter in the sound and both har­bours after an im­prove­ment in wa­ter clar­ity.

Those pre­pared to move around in search of the school­ing Ge­ordies seem to be head­ing home with big­ger catches com­pared to those who have been more pas­sive.

Squid catches have also in­creased while a con­sis­tent stream of berley in­shore would also guar­an­tee a feed of her­ring and skippy.

Rock fish­ers at The Steps and Tourist Rock have been land­ing a va­ri­ety of species in­clud­ing queen snap­per, sam­son fish, south­ern bluefin tuna and blue groper.

Surf fish­ers have been do­ing very well on salmon near Den­mark.

Ca­bles, Sand Patch, Salmon Holes and Shel­leys have also been pro­duc­ing salmon, es­pe­cially late in the af­ter­noon.

Ju­ve­nile salmon and her­ring are be­ing found at most lo­ca­tions.

Black bream have been more ac­tive dur­ing the in­com­ing tide in the King and Kal­gan rivers.

The Kal­gan has also been fish­ing fairly well for mul­loway to 1.2m in the evenings.

Smaller mul­loway have been hit­ting baits and lures in the Kal­gan in the day­time.

Pic­ture: Re­nato Maletti

Calum Macau­lay proudly shows off his mon­ster dhu­fish catch.

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