Blow it, winds are getting up
IT’S going to be a bit blowy this weekend, around 15 knots, which makes things difficult for fishos with boats less than 5m trying to get offshore.
But there is a probably a bit of opportunity for anglers who get out before dawn to take advantage of the easier conditions.
If you can venture out a bit there are still reports of good nannygai catches quite close to shore, continuing a run of the past couple of weeks.
If you can get offshore, Troy Ashworth at Bransfords Tackle in Clifton Beach recommends heading for the shipping channel.
“We’ve been hearing lots of reports of the inshore nannygais in the shipping channel. People going out wide chasing them are going out too far,” Troy said.
You’re looking at about 37 metres of water, and hopefully a bottom with a bit of structure of some kind – perhaps rubbly ground, or a bit of rock – basically anything that will hold a bit of bait that will attract fish.
“Sometimes it might just be a patch of shell on the bottom with worm encrustations and fish will be feeding on that.
“And of course wonky holes are always good, they always have fish – but good luck getting any GPS on them. Everyone guards them like gold.”
Elsewhere, “the jacks have been going pretty well,” he said. “We hooked onto a few in the Upper Barron the other day and heard of kids further down catching heaps of quite big ones, one after the other.”
Without any rain – ie, freshwater – this is a good time for crabbing.
Dolphinfish have come in, mostly smaller females but also some bigger examples among them, and other species getting around include tuna – whether yellowfin, mack tuna or longtails – and marlin in a bit of a late season flourish, and little schoolie mackerel around all the jetties, wrecks and places like Snapper Island.
If you can fish a southerly wreck early on, head head home with the southerlies.