LAST weekend was a little lumpy, even though it should have been flatter with the light winds predicted.

However the small chop didn't stop those keen for a fish getting out among the many fish on the chew at present.

Some of the local catches were outstanding, with spanish mackerel a large part of the fish brought home from a wide variety of spots around the islands and further offshore.

The good thing about spannoes is they are up for taking lures or baits presented in lots of different ways.

It makes it hard to believe more fish weren't taken than the captures reported.

Fast retrieved flashas and taipans work a treat.

Trolling extra deep lures is another favourite method. I hear a lot of guys asking why, when they are using the right lures, they still can't get the mackerel to grab them.

They probably are trolling too slowly.

Lures work best as fast as they can be towed before popping the surface.

You then back off on the throttle until the lure takes again. Ideally it will be around 10 to 12kmh.

Trolling big baits like ribbonfish or bonito does work well but for Jo average it is too hard when results come with the easier methods.

CLASSIC CATCH: Thommo with a nice trout caught on a small plastic.
CLASSIC CATCH: Thommo with a nice trout caught on a small plastic.

Last but not least the floater; anything from pillies to iodines look good to a spaniard hanging around 3m deep under a lump of foam.

The advantage of this is you save on fuel and you can bottom bash while the floater is doing its job.

This also gives the opportunity to lay out a berley trail to bring the mackies to your bait.

Red fish again dominated the bottom catches as big red emperor and nannies all came to play.

Sweeties, trout, parrot and redthroat completed the average bag for most of the offshore fishers.

Grunter, black jew and cobia were also on the menu for the guys fishing the closer grounds.

Muddies were showing in many of the local creeks on the rising tides this week.

They may not be as strong on the dropping tides, although it will still be worth throwing in a pot or two while you are having a fish.

Bream, flatties, whiting, trevally, blue salmon, king salmon and grunter featured in most of the estuary reports this week and, according to this week's forecast, they might be the best option if the wind does sit around 15 to 20 knots.

There were a few barra but they had to be found.

Live baits were doing the job in Coorooman Creek and Port Alma.

Good luck to those fishing the Boyne Tannum Hookup this weekend, I hope one of us nails a major prize or two.

All the fish caught in the last month or so and sent in or shared with me on FB are eligible for the coming $50 voucher. You can still enter by getting pictures in asap.

Thanks again to Bluefin Sports, Rosslyn Bay Kiosk, the Causeway Lake Kiosk, Stanage Bay Marine, The Secret Spot and Kalka Bait and Tackle, which 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 draws.



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