Reef fish­ers take home mixed bags

Albany Extra - - Classifieds - Joachim Az­zopardi

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.

Pic­ture: @dixon­broth­ers­fish­ing/In­sta­gram

Aron Dixon caught this sam­son fish off the rocks on the south coast re­cently.

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