Bumper weekend of fishing

A massive long weekend of fishing right across the South East was enjoyed by both on and offshore anglers this Easter break and there was a power of fish caught.

It’s hard to deny the biggest news this week has been the cracking start to the tuna season.

The fish have been unreal so far, with fish up to 150kg being boated.

The most productive “barrel zone” has been the 35mt to 70mt areas, and between trolling skirted lures or live baiting, there’s an option for most fishos to get amongst them.

Young Sambo Whan boated a pending SA junior record fishing with his father and grandpa on Good Friday, a lovely 75kg fish on 24kg line.

As I reported last week, there are plenty of anglers opting for the catch and release option which is also very encouraging to see.

If you do wish to target a big fish to eat, make sure you have got plenty of ice and means to look after it once captured.

There’s nothing more disheartening to most anglers than hearing of or seeing these incredible animals getting wasted.

In other offshore news, there has been another smorgasbord of delicious bottom fish boated this week.

The charter guys have been finding some excellent sharks this week, and a very near 50-50 split down the middle for gummy and school sharks is just what we like to see.

Other tasty reef fish have included Tassie Trumpeter, Snapper, Flathead and blue Morwong, just to name a few.

Those fishing wide have found some cracking blue eye and Hapuka over the shelf which is right on time.

The inshore crew fishing the shallow reef and kelp beds have done well and the conditions have been almost as good as they get.

Steve and Alex Lamb have been into some nice sharks down there in the mornings this past week, with a few to 15kg coming aboard.

There are still plenty of snapper, whiting and other swimmers down there for punters to try their hands at, and I am even still hearing of some nice crays both on the rod or in the drop nets.

The surf fishos have been loving this weather and there are still some nice sharks coming from the Piccininni and Browns Beach areas with a few decent fish to 8kg amongst them.

It’s not unusual to pick up Elephant Shark, Salmon, Snapper and Mulloway this time of year, so do not put all the surf gear away just yet.

I have not heard a heap of news from the Coorong this week, but it’d expect gummy and bronze whalers along just about the whole length, and there should still be the odd mulloway sniffing around with them.

Whiting anglers are still finding great numbers of really solid fish right along the Limestone Coast, and the success does not seem to be coming from any specific areas more than others.

There has been some fantastic fish from the eastern end of the Port MacDonnell Breakwater, Cape Douglas and Carpenter Rocks.

Things could be slowing down a little to what we have had for the last few months, but I doubt you will hear anyone whinge.

There has been some chunky gar caught in Livingston’s Bay and Cape Douglas by the waders.

The size has been impressive and the numbers are on the improve, so here’s hoping we are in for another cracking season.

The fishing is getting better in the Glenelg River every time I put pen to paper.

The Mulloway have started to fire up in a more substantial way these last few weeks, with more bigger fish being consistently caught now.

I know of half a dozen or so Mulloway in the 90cm range over the last week from up around the Sandy Waterholes and the Caves area, while there are schools popping up everywhere down the bottom half of the river containing fish of varying sizes.

Trolling live mullet is still the most productive way for the bigger fish, but I have seen a few nice ones caught on trolled lures and cut baits.

The next weeks forecast could be a bit breezy, but I think it’s going to be fishable for the most part.

If you are heading offshore make sure you keep an eye on the weather.

I am heading off up north for a week’s barra fishing in central Queensland, so next week you will have one of Craig’s reports, and it’s his fault if they are not biting!

Until next week, safe fishing.

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