LEFT: Brenny Reed scored this cod on a recent offshore trip.
LEFT: Brenny Reed scored this cod on a recent offshore trip.

FISHING TAILS: Rising tides raise the mackerel

ANYONE hanging for an offshore trip this weekend had better be ready before Saturday, although it should still be under fifteen knots on Sunday.

The rising tides usually mean mackerel in this part of the world.

Any rising high before lunchtime is pretty well spot on this time of the year.

One of the sayings I got years ago when I was chasing spanish mackerel for a living was the 4x10 rule. A four metre tide by ten o'clock in the morning is the prime time to target these great pelagics. This is big fish time and large spanish are probably a lot closer than most think.

We should be getting a few more spotties if the wind doesn't give us too much stick.

Doggies are here about and they can be on the chew just about anywhere whenever we get a glass off.

These tasty pelagics travel in close to shore giving many of the locals a chance to grab a feed.

Spotties around here are mainly caught when the bay tidies up and the sand particles have settled after a blow. Places like Quartz Rock out from Keppel Sands, Cave and Wedge isles just off Emu Park hold spotties for a much longer period than the other mackerel spots. The common feature of these areas is a fair current run eddying and creating a current line.

We try to anchor on the line and pull our lures across the movement from the still water.

Chromies and slugs work very well with a reasonably quick retrieve, add a couple of jigging motions and spotties will jump on if they are around. Flashas and crocs have the runs on the board, but any mid-sized shiny is worth a go.

The estuaries lit up over the past week or two with catches of king, jack, barra and flathead.

Other species including blue salmon, whiting, dart and grunter all add to catches in the past week.

Last weekend I went on a trip with the Treehouse Tavern Family Fishing Club up to Greenhills. We stayed at the Cape Palmerstone Caravan Park between Cape Palmerstone and Notch Point. It is situated right near the creek and easy 4x4 access to the beach.

It was top get away where more than forty people went and there were no issues other than a few of us needing a snatch start up the beach after hooking up the boats. A special thanks to Gav Daly at Konor Facilities Management for supplying the meat.

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



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