No two days the same!
This week in the Far North, we've seen all kinds of weather.
Last night it was blowing 35-40 knots with torrential rain. But the other day, it was just like summer. This was the day I managed to sneak up the harbour just on sunrise. My first two baits got eaten within the first five minutes of being cast out and I managed several 10 pounders from two metres of water. The fish are moving up into the harbour now!
Kingfish have been seen chasing piper in the main channel up the harbour also, with piper leaping out of the water. John dory are still being caught off the game fishing wharf with my mate getting two the other day. Out of the harbour in the bay the commercial boats have been working the 10 - 20 metre lines catching lots of snapper. Soft-baiting on the full moon the other day was super hard going. I fished 15 meters and was struggling but managed a couple in a few hours. Out deeper on the Shallow Patch, the fishing is also hard. Lots of sign but not hungry and on the bite. Keep an eye on this area, I think it will fire in the next few weeks.
Some information from local charter operator Rob Parker. He has been catching snapper on bait straylining in the mussel farm. Everywhere else is a fluke. Typical winter fishing, with water still cold. Down south in Doubtless bay, the fishing is firing. Snapper are on their way in and with all these northeast winds, it won't take long for the fish to get pushed in close and it will be all on!
Up north towards Scott’s Point and Maria Van Diemen some great fish have been getting caught up on the 30 - 40-meter foul. The fish weren't touching soft-baits or sliders but were hungry for big baits on ledger rigs. Massive schools of trevally were busting up on the surface while anglers were catching big snapper and kingfish underneath them. Strayline baits were tried, but the ledgers were doing the damage. As well as snapper, the anglers I spoke to also got two good kingfish on live baits as well.
I think within the next month the snapper will have moved in shallow water, making for some super fun fishing. Stay safe out there and good luck. Cheers team!
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