Hydeaway Bay/Dingo Beach
IT’S going to be hard to tell you guys about any glamorous offshore fishing tales this week as even blind Freddy could see that the weather has been killing us and things look like they’re going to get worse before they get better.
There is a bit of a silver lining though as the recent rains have stirred the mud crabs up.
The same rains will also bring on our first run of prawns for the summer.
Target our local prawn population with a cast net when the tide has plenty of height in it. Then concentrate your efforts hard up against the mangroves and then as the tide recedes, move away from the mangroves and work your net around any gutter openings where the water is draining off the flats and into the creeks.
My preferred areas to enjoy a good prawn hunt are from Sinclair Bay around to the flats systems out in front of the Gregory River and Billy’s Creek.
For shore-based anglers there has been some pretty good squid fishing over the last few days.
Dingo Beach, Hydeaway Bay, Nelly Bay and the beaches around the Cape Gloucester region are all producing the goods.
Normally I expect to see the squid hanging around any shallow reef and weedy areas but at the moment a lot of the squid are patrolling along structureless, clean, open sandy country.
So if you’re looking for something to do, grab a light spin stick and a couple of jigs and go for a stroll along a beach somewhere. fishing around 10-15m deep.
Using half pilchards on the run-out tide has been the best time from reports.
Shute Harbour has had a good run of grey mackerel and Spanish mackerel feeding on bait schools with anglers reporting trolling and cast metal slugs the best ways to target the mackerel. really good size mangrove jack being caught at night from off the rock wall.
— Mick Underwood, Reel Addiction Sport Fishing Charters
Rodney Bell with a ripper of a sweetlip.
Kris Longman pictured with his first-ever longtail tuna.
Zac Xuereb with a 35kg giant trevally on board a Sea Fever Sport Fishing charter.