Rough seas hard go­ing

Albany Extra - - Classifieds - Joachim Az­zopardi

Strong east­erly winds whipped up the seas for most of the past week and gen­er­ally made for some or­di­nary con­di­tions.

The few who man­aged to push through the chop in big­ger craft found pink, queen and red snap­per as well as break­sea cod and the odd dhu­fish along the coral in 60-90m of water.

Big­ger con­cen­tra­tions of red snap­per were found at the edge of the shelf while ha­puka seem to still be about in large num­bers in depths start­ing at 160m.

King Ge­orge whiting re­quire some search­ing through the in­shore ar­eas of both har­bours and the sound.

Sand whiting, her­ring and ju­ve­nile salmon are also in these parts in fair num­bers; how­ever, squid are still hard to come by.

The beaches east of town seem to still be pro­duc­ing bet­ter catches of salmon, her­ring, skippy and tar­whine than the coastal ar­eas near, and to the west of, town.

Rock fish­ers who spent some time at the stones near Bre­mer Bay, Cheynes Beach and West Cape Howe landed pink and queen snap­per as well as dhu­fish and sam­son fish.

The lower reaches of the King and Kal­gan rivers are quite clear and hold­ing her­ring, ju­ve­nile salmon and King Ge­orge whiting.

The up­per ar­eas are still mostly pro­duc­ing small black bream while there have been few re­ports of mul­loway in re­cent weeks.

Squid were hard to come by in in­shore wa­ters last week.

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