Fishing

Wind no bar­rier to wet lines

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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.

Pic­tures: Tack­le­world Ex­mouth

Tackle World staffer Kevin Dur­bano with jig-caught barcheek coral trout.

A cou­ple of Span­ish mackerel caught off Tantabiddi.

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