Catch of the Day: Kingfish slower, snapper bigger

Catch of the Day (April 24): In today’s daily Fish Files fishing report we can say that the kingfish are a bit slower after the Monday madness but the snapper are bigger.

And in a possible first or not for a long time there were dolphinfish caught at the Fowl House at Montague Island with the water still 22 or 23 degrees.

Speaking to the charter skippers this morning out on the water at Montague, we are happy that both Wazza and Simon on Lighthouse Charters and Benny and Nick from Charter Fish Narooma on Nitro each have about half a dozen nice kingfish in the box.

Although Wazza says his clients had lost about the same amount to seals and fish pulling hooks.

“I reckon you need to bring your “seal guard” and spray it on your fishing arms,” Wazza quipped and if only there was some seal repellent out there!

Nick meanwhile also had some bonito and snapper in the box, as did Wazza who last week scored a stonker in the nursery area.

Big snapper including some locals who got their PB fish were encountered on the south east corner of the island.

Darryl Bond at the Narooma Ocean Hut Compleat Angler said the great kingfish action of the past week had been great for business bringing heaps of boats to Narooma.

Check out Facebook page of the Ocean Hut Compleat Angler for some fantastic and extremely detailed fishing reports by Darren "Dash" Bowater and the boys  - we hope to bring them to the Fish Files page soon.

John Moore from Narooma Fishing Charters meanwhile took the family out on Tuesday and got 24 fish between five of them – “there will be plenty of fillets going to Victoria and Sydney.”

“Wednesday was a bit quieter with only 11 caught - but the customers were very happy. Strangely there was very little current yesterday and today it was over 1 knot from the north - therefore today should have been better fishing. Also today there were a few dolphinfish caught on the fowl house - first time I have heard of this?”

Speaking of interesting catches, Wazza just called back to say earlier this morning he clients also got a huge wobbegong shark about 6-foot in length that took a live bait.

It was massive with the biggest head on it he reckons – as these sharks are fully protected it was immediately released back into the water after some photo and video that we hope to bring you soon!

The sand flathead are not too bad too according to both Narooma skippers who have been doing the post kingfish drift for some tasty flat fish.

The kingies meanwhile were still preferring livies, but fish were also taking squid and strip bait – remember a running rig mimicking the pro’s lead lines are best.

The estuary fishing meanwhile remains great with calm waters all week leading to some great catches and locals alike.

Rychelle Kandel got an excellent mixed bag of dusky flathead and a bream and flathead fishing off one of the boardwalks in the Narooma inlet – these are great spots for mum and dad to take the kids for a bit bait fishing – but remember to time it with slack tide for best results.

There have also been some nice salmon caught in the Narooma and Bermagui area as the gutters emerge after last week’s big blow – fish love all the carnage after the storm.

The weather does not look too bad so after tomorrow’s ANZAC ceremonies get out on the South Coast water and have a fish! – The fishing editor Stan Gorton

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