Reef fishers take home mixed bags
Reef fishing enthusiasts who took advantage of the pleasant conditions at the weekend were rewarded with some nice catches in a range of depths.
Those who worked the lumps and structure in 40m to 60m scored pink snapper, breaksea cod, skippy and harlequin fish.
Queen snapper and dhufish were more common in 65m to 85m of water while the bigger concentrations of red snapper were located at the edge of the shelf in about 120m.
A few boats also ventured wider and the crews who dropped in these 250m to 400m depths worked hard but brought up fair numbers of hapuka, grey-banded cod and blue eye trevalla.
King George whiting fishing has been good within the inshore waters of King George Sound and both harbours.
Queen snapper and dhufish were more common in 65m to 85m of water . . .
The deeper waters are, again, appearing to be holding the better numbers of bigger fish.
Bread and butter species including herring, juvenile salmon, skippy, sand whiting and increasing numbers of flathead are also being picked up inshore.
Squid catches have been fair through the local inshore parts.
The seagrass beds to the east a nd west have been producing better catches of the tasty cephalopods.
Surf fishing remains steady with plenty of salmon continuing to be caught from the beach at Salmon Holes while herring, skippy and sand whiting are along most of the coast.
Rock fishers may find pink snapper, queen snapper, samson fish and yellowtail kingfish at the platforms at West Cape Howe, Cheynes Beach and Bremer Bay following the recent spell of rough conditions.
Try the protected waters of Frenchman Bay and the whaling station for King George whiting.
The marina is worth a try for squid early morning and at night.
The King and Kalgan rivers, and the other nearby systems, are starting to become rather discoloured as a result of the recent rainfall.
Consequently, baits and soft plastics are producing better results on black bream than hardbodied imitations.
Aron Dixon caught this samson fish off the rocks on the south coast recently.