Due to the great weather over the last week the out-wide fishing is an unknown quantity but with what looks like a great week-end coming up there will be ample opportunity to fill in the gaps.
Previously there were some very large Mahi Mahi taken along and around the shelf and I had run into a long liner out wide and caught a nice Yellowfin the currents would indicate they could still be out there. Kingfish are still making their presence felt on both inshore and offshore reefs and there have been some huge Kings taken by spearfishermen also.
All in all this week-end offers a good opportunity to do some exploring in comfortable conditions unless of course the weather does its thing.
I went out on Sunday with a plan which is unusual for me since I generally let the conditions on the day govern my approach. But after looking at Saturday’s chart with a ‘Zero’ line close inshore and hearing from the local ‘bottom bouncers’ that the water was hot in close, almost lapping up to the cliffs I planned to look for Marlin in close.
However, on Sunday there was no hot water in close and the current was raging so it was off to look for the good stuff. The temperature and colour didn’t get appreciably better until into the 80 fathom area but we kept going. After the 300 fathoms the water cooled to less than 20 degrees with no appreciable life but I was going out.
In the 700 fathom area it started to warm again I and there were birds both searching and working but on something small which I couldn’t make out.
Anyway to cut a long story short I found a Long liner and he was setting so I spent some time in the area where there were groups of birds heavily working on baitfish being pushed up but because of the current they were moving by quickly. As I worked one of the groups we had a triple strike and I saw the ‘Shotgun’ explode and really scream off, unfortunately whatever it was straightened one of the hooks. One of the others fish just threw the hooks so we ended up with one out of three, a nice 38 kilo Yellowfin.
Through the day there were some nice Mahi Mahi taken one of which is a potential Junior record going 22 kilo’s on 15 kilo line. – a good effort.
Went out yesterday in glorious conditions, at last, with the guys from Global Tackle to test some new gear the plan was to chase a few Kings then go out wide to see what was out there.
At the Peak there were plenty of fish showing on the sounder but we couldn’t entice them onto the deck either with live bait, squid or jigs.
We then went for a troll out to the FAD but nothing showed there, then out over the shelf where the current picked up and pushing into a Southerly breeze really lifted the sea. I didn’t even go to Browns as the couple of boats out there and wider indicated colder green water, possibly a result of the fresh pushing out after the stormy weather from the Northern and far North coast rivers. The radio especially during the week can be a great source of information unlike during the week-ends but we won’t go there.
At the 12 Mile a similar story to the Peak but after a lot of effort hooked a large fish, between losing rigs to Jackets, that beat the poor angler to the bottom on a jig then after what seemed like ages hooked another that went 94cm. but put up a fight like a much larger fish, guess that’s why we love our Kings.
There are good sized Kings being caught inshore on live squid and down-rigging and trolling along the cliffs is producing Salmon, Bonito and in places heaps of undersized Kings.
Again the purported weather for the week-end wasn’t as bad as it appeared a couple of days before – you’d think I would have learned by now.
Anyway to cut a long story short the warm current has settled in and raging around the shelf and with it both Marlin and good sized Mahi Mahi are making their presence felt. The marlin are mostly Stripies but the occasional Blue is showing up.
In shore and around the harbour there are good sized Kingies with the Peak and 12 Mile still holding their share and live bait or squid being he preferred bait, determining which one works better on the day is what fishing is about.
Well the fishing is getting better and the currents seem to be stabilising but the weather on the other hand is as fickle as can be. So at the present you don’t need as much luck with the fishing as you do with the weather.
PORT STEPHENS 2016
From mid-January I will taking Ambition and chartering out of the beautiful Port Stephens, an easy 2.5 hrs. drive North of Sydney.
Port Stephens is arguably the best game fishing port in N.S.W. attracting large numbers of the three species of Marlin available in the Pacific as well as Spearfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Kingfish – all attracted by the large schools of baitfish in the area.
I am discounting charter fees for those confirmed by 1st. January 2016. To take advantage of this offer call me…
Phone : 0427 887707
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