Sweetlip on the menu
This month out here on beautiful Norfolk Island the fishing trips have been limited again due mostly to strong winds but the days we've got out have made it worth the wait.
The majority of the fishermen targeted redthroat sweetlip for their exceptional eating quality and during these cooler months we see some great quality fish being pulled from the hard reefy bottom close to the islands.
But for the more adventurous it's been a month for kingfish as the bigger fish are already schooling up on the jigging grounds. These fish can be quite a handful even on PE8 tackle as the area is only 50-60 meters deep and full of whaler sharks. We tend to target them jigging but occasionally we can get them trolling. This can be exciting, especially when slow trolling poppers and stickbaits. The past few weeks have also seen a number of species being caught landbased by yours truly and a few other experienced locals, including yellowfin, kingfish, trevally, sweetlip, bonito, skipjack, mackerel tuna, frigate mackerel, barred longtom and drummer. Over the month ahead we will be doing more of the same and possible having a troll for a wahoo as we near their season. Stay safe out there everyone and happy fishing.
- Scott Greenwoods