|canberra, south coast & snowy mtns with rob paxevanos
Dated: 20 March, 2007
Rob's weekly fishing southern NSW report 0432 written for the week of Wednesday 21/3/2007
|Snapper is the word at Ulladulla.|
ULLADULLA FISHING FIRES
Wayne Humphries from the Ulladulla Fishing Centre reports some great fishing at Ulladulla. Snapper have been one of the standout species with good catches from in close around the 30 meter mark. There has been plenty of fish in the one to three kilo bracket and the occasional thumper - Greg McDonald from the store caught a whopping nine kilo specimen!
Anchoring up with and berlying near the headlands and over the reefs has been one good technique. A large piece of squid, cuttlefish, slimy, or a fish fillet is the go in this scenario; you need the bait to withstand the smaller pickers until a Snapper sniffs it out along and woofs the lot.
Softies have also been going very well and it looks like Ulladulla anglers are getting right into this style of fishing with some great catches being made. A Sand Eel in the six to ten inch long class cast well ahead of the drift is getting the goods. You need to fish these on a 10 to 20 gram jig head with a 10 pound braid main line and a 12 to 15 pound leader - if you go any heavier you will not get the long cast needed and the fish will also get line shy.
Again target the deeper headlands, reefs, gravel and kelp areas. There has been some fish caught during the day, but dawn and dusk will typically produce more and bigger fish; Snapper love to come out and roam for a snack around when the sun is low.
You can also expect to catch Bonito, rat kings, salmon, and a few other species while targeting Snapper.
Good sized kingfish have been suspiciously slow off Ulladulla but there has been heaps of big whiting on the beaches, some as big as 46cm! Best baits are pippies and beach worms.
Easter is a big event at Ulladulla and the much loved blessing of the fleet and associated celebrations are popular with locals and tourists alike. This year Wayne has decided to put on a fishing clinic to help anglers with all the species mentioned above along with other popular species such as flathead, bream and garfish.
There will also be a casting comp and some giveaways for the kids. You can catch all the fun on the Ulladulla Harbour both Sat the 27th and Sun the 28th of the Easter weekend.
Googong has been running hot and cold; one day anglers are catching a dozen Golden Perch each and the next day they are struggling to get a fish or two. Either way the scenery is superb at the moment with nice green grass adding to the look of this pristine lake.
Glen Rayner from Steve Williamson tackle shop at Snowline reports great trolling for trout between 6:30am and 8:30am. The Brown Trout are in close to the structure, the rainbows can be found in close as well but are typically out in deeper water. Both species are responding well to the shallow running lures early up but after 8:30am it’s best to get the lures down 20 to 40 feet deep with down riggers or leadcore line.
RAPALA RELEASES BRAID CONCEPT RODS TO AUSSIE ANGLERS
One of the best known names in the world-Rapala, has released what many believe is the most revolutionary top shelf rod of the last decade; the Rapala Braid Concept Rod.
The construction technique gives the rods 30% more strength and only certain Rapala staff are privy to how this is achieved.
Rods when gurus Brian Hale and Dean Ferguson got some samples from overseas last year when Rapala started looking at what blanks and fittings would best suit the aussie market.
At the time Dean told me one of the test rods was sensitive enough bend a little with your average bream on the line yet he still managed to land a massive 45kg Giant Trevally of a lifetime on the same rod!
Dean says that the most impressive thing about the rod is that it puts enormous pressure on the fish and brings in them in extraordinarily quickly with far less effort from the angler. This is a good thing for both parties!
I have been trialling the smallest rod in the range the BC662SPL, which I’ve found to be a gorgeous little stick for high end bream, trout and Golden Perch work. Along the way it has already turned a few nice sized Murray Cod and jewfish like a rod twice its weight!
The rods retail between $250 and $360 dollars and there are currently 17 rods in the range for most expert applications right up to an Xtra heavy model for jigging kingfish, Sampson fish and dogtooth tuna.
See you on the water.
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