Weather win­dow brings de­m­er­sals

Albany Extra - - Fish ‘n’ Tips - Joachim Az­zopardi

Reef-fish­ing en­thu­si­asts who took ad­van­tage of the pleas­ant con­di­tions at the week­end, as well as the odd morn­ing and af­ter­noon dur­ing the week, have scored some nice catches of de­m­er­sal fish.

Dhu­fish, pink snap­per and break­sea cod were mostly picked up in 40-50m of wa­ter and be­tween the 65m and 85m depths.

Red snap­per were found in rea­son­able schools at the edge of the shelf in 110m to 130m while ha­puka and cod were out deeper.

Bag lim­its of King George whit­ing have been achieved in the in­shore ar­eas, in­clud­ing the wa­ters sur­round­ing Michael­mas and Break­sea is­lands, Gull Rock and Caseys.

The deeper wa­ters are con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce bet­ter num­bers of big­ger squid.

Spots pro­duc­ing the big­ger cephalopods this past week in­cluded Gull Rock and the whal­ing sta­tion.

Sand whit­ing are also about the in­shore parts in good num­bers; how­ever, there are very few skippy and flat­head around.

Surf fish­ers on the other hand have been en­joy­ing some great ses­sions on skippy to a kilo at Nor­mans, Cheynes Beach and Bluff Creek.

Salmon are also ev­i­dent at these spots as well as at the beach at Salmon Holes, Ca­bles and Shel­ley Beach.

Her­ring num­bers have dropped slightly and there have been few re­ports from the rock plat­forms.

The King and Kal­gan rivers have mostly been pro­duc­ing black bream of about 25cm. Mul­loway have ei­ther not been caught in ei­ther sys­tem for some weeks, or else there are very few an­glers brag­ging about their catches.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

An­glers fish the beach at Salmon Holes near Al­bany.

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