Sydney doldrums is certainly the best way to describe the Game Fishing off Sydney over the last couple of weeks. That is certainly not to say there haven’t been occasional catches of Yellowfin, just enough to tempt you out . However here it has been a hard slog. Especially when you keep hearing about what is going on both North and South of us .
Big Yellowfin and numbers of them seem to have taken up residence off Jervis Bay. The same can be said of Port Stephens and Norah Heads to the North.
Unfortunately, we poor soles without the mobility of trailer boats have had to cover an awful lot of water just to have a chance at finding the occasional school of Yellowfin as they pass through. Furthermore over the last week or so there has been an increase in these numbers but it is still hard going. Hopefully after this next bout of weather moves through it will all change…can’t help the optimism.
Bob Curry from his boat ‘Marquis’ was one of the lucky ones to find some action . They picked up a fortyish kilo Yellowfin on a blind strike. Apparently after an incident filled fight, which I won’t go into, somewhere on the Southern canyons they boated the fish. There have been other captures, enough to tease, as a result and as I have said you have to cover a lot of water.
There have been a few Marlin encountered as often happens at this time of year. But, most noteworthy and even stranger are the numbers of Mahi Mahi showing up. Several of the boats out Shark fishing have seen them schooled under their boats. Sadly they have proved to be difficult to tempt onto a hook.
Consequently, I for one am waiting for this next bout of weather to pass on to find out what has changed.
The big question is , where are the Bluefin ?