Weather window brings demersals
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.
Anglers fish the beach at Salmon Holes near Albany.