BIGGER seas and wild weather in general usually provide for some great options from the rocks and surf once the ocean settles.
The past few days have been no exception with plenty of salmon and a few tailor being taken from the local beaches.
Cuttagee has produced great beach sessions on bait and lures where a fish a cast is not uncommon for some.
Staff member James has had great success on fly also this week until a healthy salmon of 8/9lb took his complete fly line and left only an empty reel.
The rock fishing is great also although not as popular an option these days it does produce some great rock blackfish (drummer).
Cooked prawn and cunjevoi are the popular bait choices.
Burley of tuna oil, bread, pellets and sand mixed together and tossed into the wash regularly will draw fish from neighbouring rocks to your spot on the stones.
Small ball sinkers (#1, #2 or #3) fished straight to the hook is fine, and leader choice should be upward of 20lb and heavier gauge hooks of size 1/0 or 2/0 will suffice.
Mustad 542 series are a good option but Black Magic KS styles hooks will do nicely.
You may choose to fish your bait beneath a float and this works well, but keep a small sinker down on the hook still to ensure the bait stays that 1m or 2m beneath the float.
The bream fishing has been steady and sessions in the deeper water of Wallaga Lake have been fruitful for some but it does take time to mark up the fish.
You can easily spend an hour or so before finding them and then searching casts with smaller metal blades that provide the distance for you to find those willing to bite.
We’ve found smaller grub and wriggler size lures being more readily taken, while dead sticking Gulp’s and protein based baits like those of Ecogear’s Ecogearaqua Prawns have not been so successful over the past week.
Plenty of small flathead will readily take these baits despite water temperatures being well below 11 degrees.
When there is some tidal movement from the creeks the back areas of the lake have produced some nice fish however any areas of hard (rock) bottom seem to be holding better numbers of good sized fish.
We’re a few weeks away from seeing some tuna activity offshore, while the reef fishing has improved with plenty of morwong up on the reefs.
Flathead numbers have improved and the odd gummy shark is in the mix.
As for snapper, the 6-Mile Reef has produced fish but after this blow has gone through and with a bit of current, the southern areas in 30-60m of water at anchor should produce some excellent snapper fishing.
Montague Island remains quiet, but Benny Bolton from the charter boat Playstation on Tuesday picked up some kingfish and reef fish off Potato Point.
Scotty and staff,
Bermagui Bait and Tackle