Catch of the Day: Dolphinfish bonanza

Catch of the Day (May 24): IT seems the warm temperatures being encountered offshore Far South Coast NSW continue to deliver at least when it comes to dolphinfish.

The water is however too hot for tuna, while leatherjackets continue to reek havoc for inshore fishers.

Narooma charter boat Playstation managed more than 10 big dolphin fish out wide yesterday on a "play day" for owner Benn Boulton, skipper Nick Cowley and a couple of mates.

The guys headed to the seamounts due east of Narooma looking for tuna water was 24 degrees and too warm.

Luckily they found a bit of seaweed floating with dolphin fish on it, and they got them of the troll then threw live baits and cubes.

Nick says they also saw a few kingfish on the weed too and caught a rat king.

There’s not many tuna around and he reckons it will just be a late season with the temps needed to drop down a few degrees.

Dolphinfish or mahi mahi are not encountered offshore on the Far South Coast whenever warm currents wash down, but they have been regular catches for months now and also unusually have also been encountered around Montague Island in recent weeks.


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