Big red snapper start their ‘school’ year
Reef-fishing enthusiasts who took advantage of pleasant conditions earlier in the week were rewarded with good catches along the coral and beyond the shelf.
Big red snapper were found in dense schools at the edge of the shelf while the waters beyond produced hapuka, blue eye trevalla and grey-banded cod.
Dhufish, breaksea cod and pink snapper were picked up along the coral together with samson fish, queen snapper and whaler sharks.
King George whiting in King George Sound have been reasonable and, judging by some accounts, bigger fish were found at Two Peoples Bay.
Small bibbed minnow and metal lures trolled in Oyster Harbour and other inshore areas have been catching herring and juvenile salmon. Flathead, sand whiting and squid have been also common inshore.
Surf fishers have continued to catch salmon at Reef Beach while a few schools have been intercepted at Nanarup.
Herring, an important breadand-butter species, are yet to appear in their usual numbers at this time of the year.
Cable, Sand Patch and the beach at Salmon Holes have been the better spots for herring.
Blue groper have been landed at the rocks at West Cape Howe and Bremer Bay.
There is still word of a few mulloway being caught in the Kalgan River.
Black bream have been sporadic in the King and Kalgan rivers.
Dhufish caught by @dixonbrothersfishing/Instagram over Christmas.