Still plenty of fish in the sea
THERE’S another reef fin fish ban starting on Saturday, so do be aware of the details (see Tip below).
Matt Graham at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach says the charter boys have been busy all week and the recreational guys are gearing up to make the most of the weekend before the ban kicks in, with maybe a bit of night fishing involved.
But there’s no reason to get in a flap, he reckons. Just because the bottom feeders are off limits for a time doesn’t mean there’s no fish on offer.
“A lot of them will finish work on Friday and go straight out night fishing. They’ve got to be careful, you’ve got to watch your closure times.
“Mind you, I don’t know how they police that!”
All the pelagics are still out there to be targeted – “mackerel, queenies, trevally, your more sporting fish, you can still go after them”, Matt says.
“You’re not going to be bottom fishing, you’re going to be trolling and putting floaters out for mackerel, which is still plenty of options.”
So, as your mother once told you, there’s (still) plenty of other fish in the sea.
Inshore, Matt says, there are good reports of salmon getting along the coast. Big ones too.
He credits the netting bans for what now seems a much greater availability of king salmon along the coast when conditions are right, such as a bout of northerlies cleaning up the water and bringing them in.
In the gutters off the beaches and the mouths of rivers, and on the flats, fishos could aspire to capture one of these mighty fish.
They get up to 1.8m and in the 17-22kg range, fighting all the way to the end. You’ll know all about it if you get one on the line.
Matt recommends mostly live bait such as sardines, mullet or herrings, but especially a very large, greasy prawn (it’s worth shelling out for a premium, extra large eating-grade example!).
“We use a fairly heavy leader and a 4-oh to 6-oh size hook with a live bait.
“It’s a perfect time with the tides building up to the full moon, so the weekend should improve as it goes on.”
Use as light a sinker as possible and let your bait drift in the current – it will go to where the fish are feeding.