Wind no barrier to wet lines
Finally the sun has reappeared, the rain has backed off and the winds have given us a slight break from time to time.
Easterly winds have been the trend in the mornings over the past week creating pleasant offshore conditions on the west side before nor-easterlies have kicked up in the afternoons.
The billfish ran hot early last week but have seemed to quieten off later throughout the week. This could be because of the neap tides so I would expect to see the action heat up again over the coming week once the tides pick up again.
The bottom fishing out from Tantabiddi continues to be impressive.
There have been plenty of quality coral trout taken of late, in anywhere between 15 and 40 metres of depth.
Staff member Big Kev from Tackle World Exmouth took this impressive 78cm barcheek coral trout out from Tantabiddi last week on an Entice Juicer jig.
Soft plastics and jigs are deadly on most reef species, especially trout who cannot resist a well-presented artificial lure.
Out on the 100m line and there have been plenty reports of gold band snapper with a few crews reporting small schools of dolphin fish curiously checking out boats on the drift.
This is when a soft plastic rigged up on a spare rod will come in handy and more than likely result in a hook-up.
Spanish mackerel have been spasmodic out from Tantabiddi but crews willing to get out and fish first light are usually having more success than the late starters.
Allen Taylor has entered his picture of these two Spaniards.
These two fish were part of a double hook-up coming back into north passage after a dismal and very quiet day.
This last-minute capture certainly had the crew cheering as other boats looked on in disbelief.
One of the Tackle World staff members witnessed a fisherman capturing a 15kg Spaniard off the beach at Bundegi on a Strada tempest 180 stickbait.
Tackle World staffer Kevin Durbano with jig-caught barcheek coral trout.
A couple of Spanish mackerel caught off Tantabiddi.