Fishing gold mine along north coast
IF fish were the same value as gold, then local anglers would all be super rich as the past week saw the north coast produce a hub of activity that kept both deep sea adventurers and rock and surf maniacs busy.
Anglers fishing the deep blue were challenged by sailfish, dorado, couta, tuna, wahoo, kingfish and snoek of various sizes which put up some great fights that stuck in the memory banks.
All game fish strategies have been working for these hungry species, with a frisky live bait being the best of the crop.
For fishermen who prefer a faster method of angling, trolling lipped lures has been a fantastic way to cover more ground and find the feeding fish.The talk echoing over the rock and surf scene up north, has been about the arrival of sandies, diamonds and raggies.
This type of fishing is not for the faint-hearted.
One needs strong gear to avoid disappointment and muscle to win the fight with the giants that are currently on the bite.
Big juicy baits always do the trick for these bad boys.
A large number of raggies and diamonds have been trolling the far waters on the north coast.
Secret to success has been shorter throws with mackerel baits.
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The lagoon has seen giant diamonds giving anglers a hard time, snapping off line and literally pulling rods into the water.
River bream and snapper have also been on the increase in the lagoon, mainly at the mouth and the area of the steel bwridge going inland along the rocks.
Successful baits used were live mullet or glassies.
The surf scene has produced a variety on the menu for local fishing lads.
Despite a number of raggies and diamonds coming out at the banks, a number of edibles like kob, shad and snapper have been landed.
There have also been small sharks, honeycomb rays and hammerheads on the bite.
Motorised anglers have been landing dorado, rockcod, soldiers and slingers alongside some kob, thanks to the perfect fishing conditions over the past weekend.