By Craig Edmonds, of Jim’s Bait and Tackle, San Remo
BOATING customers still didn’t get a good run with the weather this week and opportunities were very limited, but those who did take advantage went home with a feed of fish.
There were good numbers of land-based anglers this week and some quality fish caught, especially snapper.
A few people also headed to the Bass and Powlett Rivers to give it a try out of the wind.
Saturday was the best of the days and a lot of people took advantage of it and dragged the boats out of the shed.
It never surprises me the number of people that park their boat in the shed in the autumn and the next time they do anything to it is on the boat ramp in the spring, then wonder why it won’t start or things are missing out of it.
Five minutes of checking at home can stop a lot of grief at the ramp and make it a much better day on the water.
Cowes and Newhaven jetty was the place to be for those looking for a land-based snapper this week.
Cowes was the better option with some quality snapper reported, especially from the last of the run-in tide producing three snapper over 5kg, caught by local Cowes anglers.
There were a few others reported during the week but only one at a time and not quite as big.
Customers also reported a few calamari, small salmon and plenty of other rubbish.
The jetty at Newhaven produced a few good snappers as well but nothing quite as big as Cowes.
The snapper we saw from Newhaven was closer to the 2kg mark and caught almost opposite to Cowes with the majority on the last of the run-out tide.
There wasn’t a lot of other keeper fish from Newhaven reported with the odd salmon and trevally, but there was plenty of rays and wrasse there to steal your baits.
Calamari was the catch from San Remo Jetty, but this week the sizes were all over the place, mostly small and not a lot that would have gone over 1kg.
There were some as small as the jigs that people were using and only the odd bigger one.
We also had reports from several spots on the jetty and not just the normal shallow area on the left which was a bit of a surprise with the bay as dirty as it was.
Not a lot of reports from the beach anglers this week chasing calamari because of the winds making it difficult to cast out, but there was a lot of weed around as well which fouled up jigs quickly.
The boats fared better when they could get out as they were able to find a cleaner area of water to fish.
The calamari caught in the boats were better in size and a few nudged the 2kg mark.
Reports came from several places with Cleeland Bight the best, but the odd report came from Dickies Bay, Reef Island area and at Tortoise Head.
Baited jigs were ok, but with more people using artificial jigs, more reports came from those using them.
Red bodied and Red/black cloth were popular colours as well as the ever reliable white, but several people also had success on orange, pink and purple.
Whiting numbers have continued to improve despite the limited opportunities and several customers have reported bagging out recently.
Those who have reported good numbers have said the whiting haven’t just jumped into the boat and they have had to put in several hours to get their fish.
Not that they have given away too many secrets but a few things in common have been plenty of time spent on the water, and be prepared to drive around to find the fish and fish the tide changes.
Be set up to fish deep or shallow and spend time to find some fresh calamari for bait.
Cleeland Bight has been the best area on both sides of the channel, depending on the swell offshore.
The best time has been either tide or the hour both sides of the change.
Some of the successful customers have told me they were fishing the changes in the Bight then spending the mid-tide fishing around Dickies Bay, Maggie Shoal and Reef Island, only spending a short time in each spot then moving a few 100m.
Another thing that was common was berley, but only something that puts out more of an oil slick than large pieces of berley.
Most also said that you need to be patient and put up with toadies and leatherjackets until the whiting show up.
Snapper from the boats are ramping up and each week we are getting more reports.
It also helps having more boats on the water as well.
The reports are still all over the place and the fish are spread out in smaller schools, but the signs are there for a good season.
The reports we received this week came from the more protected areas and limited times with tide and wind, probably due to the weather.
The channel against the island between Tortoise and Elizabeth which is protected from the northerly or when fishing with tide and wind was popular.
There have only been a couple of reports from below the bridge in Cleeland Bight and those fishing for snapper are finding plenty of draughtboard sharks and rays.
Gone Fishing Day at Corinella Pier
NATIONAL Gone Fishing Day on October 16 will bring together all those aspects that make recreational fishing so popular, and also to introduce people to fishing.
‘That’s The Thing about Fishing’ in conjunction with Corinella Boating & Angling are working together to hold a kids, family and ‘bring a friend’ fishing fun day.
Bring a friend and take your boat out fishing!
There will be TTTAF volunteers and club members from the Corinella club to help this day be a great day of fishing.
Whatever you do on the day whether you’re out boating with a mate or on the pier with the kids come down at the end of the day for a get-together barbecue (drinks for kids). Plus all Kids attending will receive complimentary prizes!
Just make sure you’re back at the pier by 2pm for the barbecue.
There will also be number of rods, reels and bait supplied for those who don’t have them, so there’s absolutely no excuse!
Start time is 10am at the piers, but feel free to launch the boat at any time.
The Corinella Pier is at Peters Street, Corinella.
For more information contact; (TTTAF Guru) Glenn Cooper 0457 363 701, (Corinella) Brian 0417 566 164, (Hastings) Bob 04180 367 961.