Easterlies force many boats to stay close to shore
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.
Chris Dixon landed this massive blue groper off the south coast recently.