After an adventurous excursion to the Three Kings Islands involving blue marlin, hog kingfish and huge trevally on our vessels Midnight Express and Midnight Rider, we have settled back into the swing of things in the Gulf. Kingfish continue to be high on our clients' priority lists, and we have obliged finding good schools around the outer Gulf. The number of weekend boats at some of the well-known haunts is definitely slowing the kingfish bite and also attracting plenty of sharks so it pays to either get up early or find your own spot!
Workups are starting to get more consistent as more bait enters the Gulf. In close the softbaiting around anchovy schools can be outstanding and out wider there has been gannet action in the middle of the Gulf, NE of Tiri and over towards the top of Coromandel. Slow-jigging around the 50m squiggles north of Anchorite Rock is also productive this time of year - hunt for sign on the bottom here rather than bird action.
See ya out there
Captain Nick Jones & Captain George Bourke
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