Strong winds tough fishing
THE hot strong northerly winds are far from perfect when it comes to fishing the beach and offshore.
The strong winds and sweep have made it difficult to fish the beaches and have pushed in the weed at
Thankfully there are still a few gutters without weed and anglers are finding some reasonable tailor in them.
The top half of the tide has been better to fish with less concentrations of weed.
Offshore however, has pretty much been a no go zone because of strong winds.
Prior to the winds, quality snapper were about offshore, and on some of the wider grounds a few wahoo were picked up by those trolling lures for billfish.
Billfish, when looked after properly, bled on capture and iced down in brine slurry, are excellent table fare as moist fillet or steaks are great on the BBQ with some lime juices and cracked pepper.
One species that does always seem to fire up with the hot northerlies is mangrove jack.
It is not so much the heat as that doesn’t have much effect on the water in the creeks and rivers in a short period of time - it is more so the barometric pressure that comes with these conditions and to some extent the fact that anglers get out and actually fish for them.
As we haven’t had any rain for so long, I expect you will find the jack well up stream in our creeks and rivers holding around snag piles, rock bars and bridge pylons.
You can either fish live baits for them or cast lures. Either way you need to get in close to the areas where they seek cover, ready for an ambush.
The dams have been fishing well for bass and we are seeing some excellent quality fish pulled from the likes of Somerset Dam.
Our local waters are best fished for them late afternoon as with this heat the insects come out just before dark and this is what bass sneak into the shallows to feed on.