Promising weekend on offer
SEA conditions look pretty good for the coming weekend, meaning that those who aspire to wrangling a marlin may well get their chance.
The winds will abate over the next couple of days but are predicted to pick up a bit by the weekend – nothing extreme, around about 15 knots.
So it should be a happy hunting ground for most fishos, and there’s plenty going on at the moment.
Troy Ashworth at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach says the marlin have been around in good numbers in the past week.
One of the guys at the shop caught two, using threadfin tuna as bait.
“We’re getting more marlin in the past week than in the rest of the season combined,” said Troy.
“In that wahi wahi comp off Yorkey’s they had more marlin caught than dolphinfish and wahu, which they were targetting.”
He thinks they are coming in to follow the tuna schools.
As well as those, there are lots of dolphinfish around too – plenty of little ones but with the odd one of size in the mix too.
Troy said there is another week or two to go with the inshore nannygai.
Fishing the wrecks has been profitable, and his personal favourite is the shipping channel off Bloomfield.
“Night time or early morning, but they’re even biting during the day,” he said. “I got seven nannies, most around the 8-9 kg mark, and one over 10 kg, in three hours in the middle of the day off Bloomfield,” Troy said.
“They come inshore to breed.”
There’s still a lot of salmon around, and heaps of tarpon.
“There are plenty of 2kgplus tarpon around, which is very big for them. I got one off the jetty which was 2 kg 36 grams which is close to the world record,” Troy said.
“I weighed it just in case. The world record is something like 2.8 or 2.9 kilo.”
The northerlies and the clean, warm water near the coast are bringing the salmon in.
They’re a schooling fish, though you may find them getting around in pairs.