NICE ONE! Hayden Pease shows off the grunter he caught at Turkey Beach.
NICE ONE! Hayden Pease shows off the grunter he caught at Turkey Beach.

Inshore fishing ‘dynamite’ but offshore a no go zone

THIS past week was nothing short of awesome on the water, with glass-out conditions on Monday afternoon and Tuesday.

Many managed to get out and enjoy the conditions but, unfortunately, the fishing was a bit hit and miss with some.

Those who did well caught plenty of reds, trout, sweeties, and some pelagics such as cobia.

This weekend is out of the question, though, for venturing out the front as we will see the breeze pick up to more than 30 knots tomorrow and a four-metre sea.

This is great if you are a surfer or a kite-boarder but it will restrict fishing to the sheltered waterways.

Even the harbour will be ordinary as the wind and tide fight against each other, so be aware of that aspect.

Inshore fishing, however, has been dynamite, with excellent blue salmon being landed throughout the harbour and creek systems.

Some of the fish being displayed are huge and would have put up a decent battle.

There are a few kingies or threadfin salmon about and these are excellent table fish, as I was reminded of the other day when I had a feed of local king salmon cooked in a very light batter. So good.

There are also a lot of big flathead and some winter whiting being caught.

These are usually a lot smaller up here than the yellowfin, known locally as summer whiting.

Around the rocky structures the bream are starting to get very fat as they prepare for the usual spawn in a couple of months and some are actually very big, about 40 to 45cm long.

For these fish to grow that big they have managed to dodge a hook for about 25 years, which is rather amazing.

Once you put that into perspective it kind of wants to make you take a picture on the brag mat and return it to the water. On another note, even though at this time of the year the barramundi are a little slow there are still those who manage to bring home a nice specimen.

That's not a matter of luck, though, as they have changed things up.

Many times we see them on the sounder stacked one on top of the other, often in schools of a dozen or more.

You throw everything at them but still there is no take.

Once the tide turns, the moon comes up or the sun goes down, however, they break away and the feeding starts.

It's at that time you need to be on your game: a livey in front of the fish's nose or the wrist action of a twitcher, flicking that lure from left to right, letting it pause and not move out of the strike zone.

The longer you leave it there the more chance you have of getting a "get out of my face" strike or a feeding strike.

You'll know which is which if you hook up because with the former strike the lure will be lodged in its face or forehead while the feed strike will be in its gob!

At this time of the year to we see many fingermark being caught from the Keppel rocks to Hamilton Point and from Toolooa Bends at south trees, between Middle and Inner Rock and from the land head of Bustard head.

Make sure your gear is up to the task .

Quite often these are strong fighters that will test your knots, your hooks and the quality of your line. But the reward is a superb table fish.

Have a great weekend and explore our quiet waterways such as Baffle Creek, Round Hill Creek and Turkey Beach.

Hooroo, Dags