Variety for persistent anglers

WORTH THE EFFORT: Ben Jeffrey with a nice Glenelg River bream.

By Jamie Coates

ANOTHER breezy weekend made the fishing pretty tough for most around the Limestone Coast.

There were still plenty of anglers who took the opportunity to hit the water, with some nice fish caught.

The offshore fishing has been very good recently when the weather allows.

The shark fishing in the 60-120m depths has been excellent.

I saw some photos last week of some cracking gummy shark over 20kg and shoolies even bigger.

There is also a wide mix of bottom fish out there at the moment – some nice blue mowong, red snapper and terakhi have been boated – and I am sure it will not be too long until we start hearing of a few mako shark sniffing around.

The tuna news has been a bit light on this week thanks mainly to the weather, but I would expect as soon as the conditions allow and we are able to see more boats on the water, we will see more tuna caught.

The surf fishos have found some reasonable salmon this week, with fish to around 1.5kg caught.

Salmon have been well spread out, with fish from the Beachport Salmon Hole, Canunda NP, Cape Banks and Nene Valley.

Lures and baits are both getting the job done, so mix it up and have a crack.

A few boaties have trolled for salmon inside Redrock Bay and found good numbers, but the size is similar to those off the beach.

There have been a few more guys talking whiting this week, this time from up around the Kingston and Cape Jaffa areas.

The fish up that way are typically bigger than we see down here and it is great to see a few fishos getting stuck into the early run of fish.

There are also reasonable numbers of squid starting to congregate on the ribbon weed beds down there at the moment, so chuck out a squid jig while you chase your whiting and you might just be surprised.

Speaking of squid, our local hot spots are starting to produce some nice fish.

Livingstons Bay, Blackfellows Caves and Port MacDonnell breakwater have all seen squid and if we can get the sea and wind to settle a bit more, they will improve ten-fold.

The fish I have seen so far have been those average-sized squid, to around 1-1.5kg, but it will not be long until we see some of those big 3kg plus monsters.

While we are talking Livingstons, there are still a few nice garfish about, although some anglers have struggled a bit.

The rough seas and stirred water are not the most favourable conditions for the gar, but just like the squid, once everything settles, we will be right back into them.

There has been a few nice fish caught this week in the Glenelg River.

Ben Jeffrey had a reasonable run over the weekend, boating some lovely bream to 39cm on cranka crabs, which is a great effort in tough conditions down there.

The bait fishos have also managed a few, bream mainly, but there are still a few nice perch mixed in.

There has not been a lot of mulloway news this week, but with the easing rains, hopefully we see the clarity come back and the mulloway start heading back up our way.

The forecast for the coming week is a bit up and down.

There is definitely going to be windows of fishable weather coming up, but unfortunately not for any longer than a day at a time.

Hopefully we see some nice fish caught and we have plenty to talk about next time.

Until next week, safe fishing.