By Craig Edmonds of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
CALAMARI was the most targeted species this week with many I think realizing the season is just around the corner especially with all the snapper rumours getting around.
The best part was there was actually plenty caught and finally some of the bigger ones which have been missing over the last month or so.
The best spot by a long way was below the bridge in Cleeland Bight towards the entrance and it was nothing too unusual to have customers walk in and tell me they got double figures easily.
The size of some of the calamari was excellent with hoods of over 50cm reported.
I get asked often at what size you should release calamari to continue as a breeder.
When you catch a calamari you can usually hold it up and see the eggs in it and if you want return it to the water.
What you need to remember with calamari is they have an average life span of 300 days, when they lay their eggs it can be in the thousands and unlike other fish a big calamari aren’t tens of years old.
Despite the water being a bit dirty still the artificial jigs, orange, pink, white are out-doing the baited ones from the boating reports whereas the reports from the land are probably about even.
I got reports of only one or two from Reef Island due to the amount of fresh water and weed around, several reports from Ventnor/Cowes and Tortoise Head.
Land wise the San Remo Jetty was best but very patchy and the only successful method was time.
Reports from the jetty were all over the place and tide or change of light made no difference.
Cleeland Bight beach, Cowes Jetty and Ventnor Beach were the other land based spots but unlike San Remo Jetty the
evenings were best.
Without the calamari there wasn’t a whole lot to talk about during the week with weather keeping most away from the snapper spots.
We managed to take the boat for an office hours run on Wednesday and headed to the northern end of The Corals and towards Elizabeth Island looking for an early red or gummy and while we didn’t find any reds we found plenty of gummies.
The problem was almost all of the dozens we caught were undersize with about 80 per cent males.
We also managed more cod than we bothered counting.
The water temperature was around 11 degrees and the water was very dirty everywhere we went with no shortage of weed.
There was the odd report of a snapper being caught during the week with most reports coming from the top end of the bay around Tenby Point, Corinella areas and mostly from night.
Whiting were tough this week for those chasing them battling the weed/leatherjackets but the hardest of all was the direction of the wind.
One customer told me he had four opportunities to have a whiting fish last week and every time the wind was coming from the wrong direction on the tide making it difficult to hold the boat in the right place.
He did take a second anchor on the fourth day and set it to hold the boat into the tide and it turned out to be the most successful day he had.
The reports we did get were of a bit of a mixture of sizes with a few smaller ones showing up and the best reports six whiting at 42cm to 45cm caught off Ventnor.