Jack Sutton with a fine little barra he caught at Corio.
Jack Sutton with a fine little barra he caught at Corio.

FISHING TALES: Good conditions to go offshore this weekend

WITH what looks like 5-10knots for the weekend you would be crazy not to make up for lost time by slipping out for a fish.

The offshore fishing should be as good as it gets given reports prior to the last blow. Reefies are switched on from the closer grounds right out to the shoals and north of the green zone.

In the past couple of weeks there have been some amazing captures of xos red emperor and large mouth nannies to around 15kg.

The guys landing these much targeted fish are using big fresh baits as a rule. Reds love huge baits.

The big bait also stops the pickers if there are any around, from destroying your baits before the reds arrive.

One thing some of the guys do is to put a pilly or softer baits on the top hook.

This gives the iodines and hussar a chance to spread a bit of burley to entice the big critters into the party.

Reds will more often take the bait closer to the bottom on a two hook rig.

Coral trout, sweeties, parrot, cod and a few rosy jobs have been reported among the recent catches.

Black jew continue on the boil and should be at the top of their game as we near the full moon.

The local jew holes both offshore and in the river have all produced fish lately.

Me with a big Corio lizard.
Me with a big Corio lizard.

A good move is to find your spot before dark and set yourself up for the impending action. Sometimes the jewies don't show until dark and I find they turn on like a switch when the moon peeks over the horizon.

Jewies usually circle the hole when the schools arrive smashing any bait in their way before appearing to stop the bite as suddenly as it started.

The estuaries are going well as numbers of flathead, whiting and bream are all on the rise.

Just remember with flatties that the maximum legal length is as important as the minimum legal length.

There are still a few barras kicking about particularly when it is warmer.

Grunter, trevally and muddies have also been reported this week. Rodney Soblusky sent me in a photo of a very nice barra that survived quite a large bite from a shark sometime in his life. It blew me away to see how much significant damage can be done to a fish without killing it.

I owe Rod a big thank you for giving me a bit of wire to unblock my tell tale after a few encounters with some Corio low tide sand bars.

All the fish caught in the last month or so and sent into me or shared in FB with me are eligible and you can still enter by getting pictures to me before Wednesday next week. Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, The Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot, Kalka Bait and Tackle are the local weigh points where you can get your photo taken or just drop yours in.

Contact me at ifishcq2@bigpond.com Send your emails or photos in to be eligible for any of our $50 random voucher draw

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