Be on the move for KGs
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.
Salmon fishing at Salmon Holes.