Easter­lies force many boats to stay close to shore

Albany Extra - - Sport - Joachim Az­zopardi

Strong easterly winds which per­sisted for most of the week, meant not too many fishos trav­elled out wide and fewer, again, ven­tured as far as the shelf.

Those in big­ger craft bet­ter equipped to han­dle the choppy con­di­tions picked up pink, queen and red snap­per as well as break­sea cod and dhu­fish along the co­ral in 40m to 65m of wa­ter.

Red snap­per were found in big­ger num­bers and sizes at the edge of the shelf.

Ex­pect ha­puka to still be about in dense schools be­yond the 160m con­tour.

King George whit­ing are be­ing caught in­shore in good num­bers for those will­ing to put in the time and ef­fort .

One boat man­aged to catch two dozen Ge­ordies in just less than an hour dur­ing a ses­sion last week.

Murky wa­ter within the sound is thought to be the rea­son why squid have be­come harder to come by.

Ac­cord­ing to some who reg­u­larly tar­get them, the clearer wa­ters near Michael­mas Is­land have been pro­duc­ing bet­ter squid catches.

Surf fish­ers are hav­ing lit­tle trou­ble pick­ing up a feed of bread and but­ter species in­clud­ing her­ring, skippy and ju­ve­nile sal­mon from beaches.

Ma­ture sal­mon have been turn­ing up in small schools at Reef Beach and Bre­mer Bay.

Bluff Creek is worth a visit fol­low­ing re­ports of good skippy and tar­whine com­ing from deeper wa­ters.

Re­ports of a mul­loway lost at the bridge are be­ing taken with a pinch of salt.

Both of the lo­cal rivers are pro­duc­ing plenty of black bream in the 20cm to 30cm range, while fish to 45cm have been caught more fre­quently in the sys­tems west of town.

Pic­ture: @dixon­broth­ers­fish­ing /In­sta­gram

Chris Dixon landed this mas­sive blue groper off the south coast re­cently.

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