By Craig Edmonds, of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
SOUTHERN Bluefin tuna over 100 kilograms were caught over the last 10 days or so and while this would be nothing out of the ordinary if I was talking about Portland I’m not, they were actually caught outside the western entrance off Flinders.
Not considered the normal catch for around these waters, it’s actually surprising what is out there when you go looking.
For some weeks now we have had some very big schools of pilchards offshore but there wasn’t really anyone out looking for tuna until recently and the result is, depending which rumour is true 20, 10 or four all over the 100kg.
I can say with confidence I know of four, as for the rest, while possible I haven’t spoken to the anglers or seen any photos.
Several people have told me of sounding some good size arches on the balls of bait but not being set up to do much about it.
There hasn’t been any smaller tuna reported and the models that are there will need more than the average snapper gear to catch them.
They will also require plenty of fuel and time driving around the ocean.
From all the reports, find the pilchards, find the tuna which makes sense because that’s why they will be here, following the food.
Don’t just expect to head out and find birds working because a few people have told me they have found the pilchards deep and not on the surface.
The tuna we know about have all come from a similar depth around 40m of water but with the week of winds we have had I wouldn’t be surprised to see something come back from wide of Pyramid Rock or around Cody Banks next week.
Back to the normal reports and calamari, whiting with a few reds make up the majority this week and while not a lot of quantity some quality amongst them.
The snapper reports have been spread out this week from up past Tenby Point to Cowes and most spots in between.
No one reported a bag full but the snapper reported were all around that 5kg mark and I did hear of one much bigger taken off Spit Point.
Everyone’s story was much the same with plenty of undersize gummies, plenty of cod and other rubbish and no pattern to when they caught their snapper.
Most people put in a whole session for only one snapper and then nothing.
A few told me they were getting some good pictures on the sounder when they caught the snapper but there seemed to only be one in the school that was hungry.
The water is still reasonably cold, around 12 degrees and there is plenty of weed around.
The water seems to have cleaned up a bit which is probably due to the rain slowing down in the hills.
A few more hot days and no doubt the reports will improve but for now quality bait and berley will go a long way to increasing your chances.
Whiting reports have improved this week and while some are still struggling I have a couple of customers that haven’t had any trouble getting into double figures the last three times they have been out.
The whiting seem a bit fussy still and you will still need a few moves to get a feed but I am not getting as many complaints about leatherjackets as I was a month ago.
The best place seems to be below the bridge in Cleeland Bight fishing into the evening and fishing just off Ventnor also in the evening.
There were reports from all the other usual spots with a couple of reports of some very small whiting around Reef Island.
Calamari reports have been steady from both the boats and the land again this week with the sizes all over the place.
The sizes are all mixed up and most that caught good numbers had some very small, average and a couple of larger ones in the esky.
In Cleeland Bight they were a bit patchy at times but I am also getting some reports of large couta and pike from the same area which always seems to make the calamari a bit timid.
I had a couple of reports during the week from customers that were fishing for whiting off Cowes of large schools of small calamari swimming along in the current.
One customer described it as something out of National Geographic with thousands of calamari all the same size swimming past the boat.
Holiday fishing fun at Corinella
A HOLIDAY fishing clinic for kids and their families will be held at the Corinella Pier these school holidays.
The not-for-profit organisation, That’s the Thing About Fishing, will be hosting the fishing and fun day on Sunday, September 18, as a way to reach out to families in the community and get them involved in the fishing scene.
In conjunction with the Corinella Angling Club, That’s the Thing About Fishing will provide bait and fishing rods on the day, allowing kids to participate in some healthy fishing competitions, with prizes available.
A barbecue will also be held for a gold coin donation.
That’s the Thing About Fishing assists people battling mental health issues, works with disability groups, youth in trouble, and men and women’s health groups.
For these people, fishing can be used as a therapeutic way of changing lives, by introducing them to the social and emotional benefits of fishing.
Running from 10am until 1pm, the family fun day will provide members of the community with a chance to cast a reel and try their hand at fishing in a safe and supportive environment.
All ages are welcome to attend, but children must be accompanied by an adult on the day.
Please contact Glenn Cooper from That’s the Thing About Fishing on 0457 363 701 for more information, or to arrange to have a fishing rod provided on the day.