It’s a tale of two worlds
INSHORE and offshore conditions have been two different worlds for fishos this week.
Nice inshore, where fishos have been busy targetting the bigger fish that haved moved in to the 5 km zone.
Anglers have been visiting the inshore wrecks and markers and other spots, especially to targetting barramundi.
But it’s very lumpy offshore, according to Matt Graham at Bransford’s Tackle in Clifton Beach, where the charter guys have been chasing marlin.
Unfortunately Matt reckons the wind is forecast to pick up a lot from today, making it difficult in the immediate days.
Big schools of Spanish mackerel have turned up on cue, fish in the 8-12 kg range – in the “good eating size”, says Matt.
“It’s one of the most targeted eating fish, I suppose. Everyone loves a mackerel. And it’s one of the easiest to catch.” (See Tip below). “They’re easy to fillet and you get a lot of meat off them, a good return, you can see why they’re popular.”
The bag limit is three per person, and they must be over 75 cm, “which is not hard by Spanish mackerel standards”, says Matt, “that’s quite a small one. The little ones are a lot better chewing as well.”
The black marlin season is kicking along nicely.
Matt says there’s “heaps out there”, and this month and next are the best times to chase them.
“A lot of the bigger boats are going really well. They’re catching three to 10 fish for the day. Mostly charters, but a lot of private guys are in there too, on their own boats. You often don’t hear those reports.
“You don’t need anything too special, it’s just stand-up fishing with normal 10kg fishing line. If you get out there inside the reef, it’s on.”
Off Fitzroy Island, between Pixie and Oyster and in those little inshore paddocks – that’s where the marlin fishing has been good.
So long as you can reel them in without interference from the sharks. The place is lousy with them, according to Matt.
“We’re trying to change the rules on that, because a lot of those big fish are lost to sharks,” Matt says.
Come September it will be heavy tackle time for those big females that really fire up the industry.