Fishing falters as high winds batter the coast
Few people have headed out this week, staying close to the headlands as the high winds have made it rough on the water.
They’re getting giant trevally, queen fish, grunter and mackerel but your best bet is to wait it out and service your gear.
The top tips for keeping your gear up to scratch are making sure your drags are loose and giving your reels a good soaking in WD40 – you can never use too much.
Once it does calm down however the mackerel should be booming with plenty of bait fish getting about.
Target your mackerel by trolling lures or live baiting using your larger herring. There is very little to report at the rockwalls this week, with the high winds making it impossible to get at them.
Again, making sure your gear is ready to go once the weather improves is your best bet.
However, Shute Harbour has seen good numbers of squid over the last few days, making excellent eating and bait.
Use your squid jig to target the areas around the lights which attract bait fish, in turn attracting the squid. There has been no action on the reef over the last week due to the poor weather conditions.
Fishing should improve once we get some decent weather as bait fish are in abundance at the moment.
The colder weather should also see shark activity slow down, making it easier to land a catch.
Mackerel, tuna and billfish have been seen on the reef prior to the bad weather, however the chop has muddied the waters in close.
Once the weather improves, seek the blue water to chase your mackerel, tuna and billfish. We’ve got smaller tides coming up this weekend so it will be a good time to head to the river and escape the breeze.
With the cooler water, I imagine the barramundi will be a little slow but there should be a good chance of kingies and grunter.
Live baiting is certainly good for the kingies using prawns and mullet.
For your grunter, live bait is not as important so using slab baits such as squid and mullet will work best.
The river has seen a few good mud crabs getting around this week as well, making it certainly worth throwing a few pots in if you’re heading out. With the windy, cool conditions of late the dam has definitely slowed down a bit.
From now on through this winter period, it will be important to find the warmer areas of the dam. Just keep an eye on your sounder.
It’s best to have a sounder that shows water temperatures as well to target the warm spots.
Any increase in temperature can make quite a difference as far as the barramundi are concerned.
As a general rule, through the cooler times if you find one fish there is a very good chance there will be other fish in that area.