|canberra, south coast & snowy mtns with rob paxevanos
Dated: 27 February, 2008
Rob's weekly fishing southern NSW report 0481 written for the week of Wednesday 27/2/2008
|HEALTHY: South coast reef fish are in the best condition in years as you can see with this snapper caught by Janine on Bluefin Charters.
Picture Caption: HEALTHY: South coast reef fish are in the best condition in years as you can see with this Snapper caught by Janine on Bluefin Charters.
LA NINA MARLIN
Gun Game fisho Gary Cairns from Tackle World reports that while the Marlin action along the south coast has been at but hit or miss so far this year the bite should get a little more consistent in the near future.
Gary, who has been studying the sea surface temperature charts with other experts, attributes the late season to the La Nina effect we are currently experiencing. In particular the eddies which break away from the main East Australian Current and are crucial to concentrating bait and marlin have only just started to form.
Each season when these eddies have set in properly GPS hot spots will pop up along the South Coast and keen game fisho’s around the region will be rubbing the hands together knowing exactly the kind of marlin action that can result.
FAT REEF FISH PHENOMENUM
Tracey Inness from Bluefin Charters at Batemans Bay reports some good fishing for mowies to 58 cm and Snapper to at least 60 cm on the reefs pinnacles and gravel patches in 15 to 60 meters of water. There is also some outstanding drifting for Sand Flathead in around 30 meters of water.
Most Interestingly Tracey has noticed that the commonly caught species are in the best condition they have been in for many years! There is obviously a lot of feed about, which is great news for the fish and great news for sea food lovers too-fat fish are much nicer to eat and the fillets are thick right down to the tail!
Have a look at the Snapper pictured hereabouts, it’s a real porker!
Alison Cork and friends fished off Snapper Point which is just south of Merry Beach. The aim was to catch a few salmon on lure and fly, and while they did get a few follows from some big specimens they couldn’t quite connect to one. Good news is at least she knows they are there and might be able to even the score next time.
There has been some big swells about at times, which makes rock fishing dangerous for newcomers, but during Alison’s trip the water was calm, clear, safe, and well and truly worth the 20 min walk it takes to get there.
KOOKA LAUGHS ALL THE WAY TO A FEED OF REDFIN
James Morgan, affectionately known as Kooka due to his stand out laugh, has been getting some great redfin action on Lake Burley Griffin.
One of his best sessions of late has been 45 redfin in just 4 hours fishing with a group of friends. Best of all though amongst the smaller specimens 12 of the reddies of the reddies were up around the kilo mark which is pretty big for redfin.
Kooka worked the outside and inside edges of the weed beds using 4 to 6 cm long bibless minnows and soft plastics. Kooka suggests parking your boat or kayak in the middle of a weed bed and casting to the edges from there. Land based fishos can achieve the same results by walking around the edges of the lake looking for prominent weed beds.
CATCH A FISH WITH THE KIDS FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Gary Cairns from Tackle World is organizing a CANBERRA CARP OUT on Lake Burley Griffin in conjunction with the Canberra Fishemans Club, the event will help local anglers three fold.
For a start it is a great day out to get your kids onto their first fish-a clinic will be held at the start of the day to ensure a catch is pretty much guaranteed.
Secondly there will be a lot of carp removed from the lake, which is great-they are noxious fish. The carp will be picked up by processors and used for fertilizer.
Finally money raised will be used to stock the lake with native fish such as Murray Cod and Golden Perch.
There will be a mystery weight fish worth $5,000 to add to the fun. The event is on Sun the 16th of March. Lots more details in coming weeks.
See you on the water.
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