With Jim’s Bait and Tackle
IT’S beginning to feel like we are in a time warp, nothing is as it seems!
The weather has been a real kick in the pants. We had a week of storms, easterlies and southerlies that has brought in an absolute haul of seaweed. To be honest if you like the weed fish, head out because there is no shortage.
The last week though, complete 360. Sunny. Light winds. Perfect (well as close as). As I write this report there are about five knot northerlies and it is 25 degrees! The bay is swarming with boats like someone just stood on the ant’s nest, everyone is moving. Like I said in the last report, if you want fish you need to work for them.
Another week of huge tides and low lows sadly hasn’t brought much fish this week with reports being rather slow. Again, those pesky weed fish really do discourage people from fishing, a lot of lost gear, breakages, and couple of jammed props really being the common story from this week.
The calamari have picked up, most land based coming from off the back beach at Woolamai, one of the most underrated beaches on the Island.
Directly out from the carpark you will often see a few people chipping away at the calamari using either a baited spike or an artificial jig under a float, which is where you need to be.
Sadly, 90 per cent of the bait balls that were keeping the tuna occupied have either been eaten or have moved on with offshore being extremely quiet over the last week. We only had reports of two tuna actually caught.
Although the tuna may have moved on for now, more people are setting up to bottom bash for some flathead, most of which have been getting their bag in no time. Again, not as good of a fight as a tuna, definitely not the same size but they still taste damn good. That’s the thing with fishing – we would all love to catch that fish that we don’t need to exaggerate the size of to our mates, or the ones that are so big the photographer needs to step back to fit the whole fish into the frame, but that’s not reality.
Not everyone catches those prized fish every time they drop a line into the water, not even the guys you see on TV (I know, how dare TV lie). It’s this thinking that halts individuals’ advancements in fishing because if you step outside with this belief than you’re not going to enjoy yourself.
If it takes you more than 30 minutes to catch a bag of whiting, so be it. If you went out with the intention of getting your bag as fast as you can then you were going catching, not fishing.
The nice big moons have certainly proven to be a positive in the fight to catch a gummy shark. We have had a lot of schoolies and gummy sharks starting to be caught with quite a few around that 10-20kg mark which is a positive of things to come. There is still a lot of undersized fish in between the keepers.
Snapper, yes snapper. It appears over the last few weeks a few snapper have moved into the bay, all new season fish around that 60cm to 75cm mark, also another good sign of things to come.
You only need to take a stroll on the water’s edge or go for a cruise on the water to truly see how healthy the bay is! Yes, there is plenty of small fish but as we all know everything has to get big at one point. The water may be weedy but its crystal clear.
Moral of the story – don’t get disheartened because a few bad days on the water didn’t produce those prized fish. Sometimes a feed is just as important and, honestly, you could be sitting here writing this report instead of being out there holding a rod on this glorious day.
Winter is not a time to put away the gear, the best is yet to come!