The last week has seen strong North Easterly winds really stirring up the sea and this has scattered the Mackerel shoals, however with the forecast settling and looking better this week, they should soon return.
Even though the Mackerel have been scarce, there’s still been fish in the area, with lots of Smooth Hound to around 10lb, with fish up to 16lb reported. Most of these fish have fallen to Hermit Crab and Squid, however a few have also been landed on Ragworm.
There has also been good number of Thornbacks offshore and with the warm, clear water; they have been pulling extra hard! And have been providing some superb sport. As you’d expect, fishy baits, of either Mackerel and/or Squid, fished hard on the bottom has been the best way to target and catch these plentiful Rays.
There are also good numbers of Bass around, the majority of them being Schoolies, but the odd better fish to around 8-9lb has been landed. These aren’t too fussy when it comes to baits and have been landed on almost everything, but Worm, Crab and Squid are generally the most popular.
Most area’s, despite the lack of Mackerel, have also produced Tope, nothing massive, but once again they provide an excellent sporting opportunity. With there extra sharp teeth and Shark features they need to be handled with care.
The inshore fishing has dried up a little with only the odd Thornback and Bass around, however as the Smooth Hound numbers increase they will soon fill the void. As the season progresses and as the large Females head inshore, there could be a chance of a real specimen.
Even though the Mackerel have scattered the prospects still look very good, it normally happens once in the season and they should return soon and when they do we could be in for a fishing bonanza! As following the Mackerel will be the real big Bass and Tope!
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