Be on the move for KGs

Albany Extra - - Fish ‘n’ Tips - Joachim Az­zopardi

Reef fish­ing has been chal­leng­ing, and not just be­cause of the pow­er­ful winds and big swells.

Crews who vis­ited the 60m90m depths dur­ing the past fort­night were met with strong cur­rents — some­times in ex­cess of three knots.

Those who man­aged to hold the bot­tom picked up a few nice catches, in­clud­ing small dhu­fish, which seemed to be in big num­bers in some ar­eas, as well as pink, queen and red snap­per, to­gether with break­sea cod.

A cou­ple of big­ger boats that ven­tured to the shelf found ha­puka, but even in these deeper wa­ters, the cur­rent has been quite strong.

King Ge­orge whit­ing re­quire some work, with the fish­ers who are pre­pared to move around do­ing bet­ter on the big­ger fish.

The deeper wa­ters near Michael­mas and Break­sea is­lands have con­sis­tently been pro­duc­ing big­ger Ge­ordies.

Squid num­bers con­tinue to in­crease around the lo­cal in­shore wa­ters, as well as those east and west of town.

A cus­tomer of Al­bany Rods and Tackle picked up 14 squid dur­ing a ses­sion last week.

Sal­mon are still about in ex­cel­lent num­bers right along the coast. Big schools were en­coun­tered last week at the far end of Bluff Creek, which has also been fish­ing well for skippy and her­ring.

The beach at Sal­mon Holes has been good for sal­mon early in the morn­ing and late in the af­ter­noon.

Black bream en­thu­si­asts rec­om­mend the up­per reaches of the King and Kal­gan rivers, with both sys­tems hav­ing very clear wa­ter at the mo­ment.

Given the clar­ity of the wa­ter, all meth­ods are worth a try, in­clud­ing soft plas­tics, vibes, blades and hard-body lures, as well as baits.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Sal­mon fish­ing at Sal­mon Holes.

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