DELIGHTED: Wade (11) landed his first mackerel this week.
DELIGHTED: Wade (11) landed his first mackerel this week.

FISHING TAILS: Generous baits boost chances of a big catch

THE Coral reef fin fish closures finish tonight at midnight. Let's hope the conditions are favourable for a scarper.

Reefies remain pretty solid again around the islands and further. Redthroat emperor, grassy sweetlip, parrot, cod and hussar have all had good shows along with the reds.

All year long we have had an exceptional run on the red fishes. Emperors and nannies continue in that mode at most of the recognised patches this side of the shoals.

Emperor in particular, prefer baits close to the bottom. If I can't get livies I use as fresh bait as possible.

It doesn't matter whether it is squid, pillies or iodine slabs, don't skimp on the amount you use.

This gives any other species in the area a chop at it and attracting the attention of the bigger fish. Big baits don't always mean big fish but it does give them a chance to move in while there is still enough to make it worth their effort.

All the lesser mackerels have kept their form on track both inside the bay and the wider areas. In recent weeks we have stumbled across schools of doggies or spotties working over small rubble patches up to 60km from Rosslyn Bay.

Anytime you see schools of bait and there are bigger streaks around the edges or over the top, it pays to drop a big chromies down.

Yasmin Elalfy caught this huge black jew at Port Almaby herself on a 10kg line.
Yasmin Elalfy caught this huge black jew at Port Almaby herself on a 10kg line.

I like to drop my flasha or taipan right to the bottom and let it sit for a couple of seconds then jig it a few times prior to the fastest retrieve I can produce.

This gives the fish a chance to spot it prior to the chase and often they will grab it almost immediately on the quick return. In the shallow waters we leave a floating pilly out all the time when the mackies are about.

In the deeper water I always have a weighted pilly hanging a few metres below the boat so that anything following your lure or your fish up to the surface has a chance of collecting a hook of their own.

For the smaller craft anglers there have been fish at the usual spots like Farnborough Reef, Findlay's, Bangalee, Ross's Reef, Forty Acre Paddock, Ironpot, Rita Mada, Rosslyn Bay, Clayton's, Halftide Rocks, Big Peninsula, Humpy, Sykes, Liza Jane, The Pinnacles, Outer Rock, Man & Wife, Barren Island and Corio Heads. Flatties, bream, king salmon, whiting, fingermark, mangrove jack and cod have all been reported this 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.

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