Big Trevally and lots of bait (16-Mar-2014)
So firstly, sincerest apologies, it has been about three years since I last posted. I guess that’s what happens when you start a family! There hasn’t been any shortage of fishing though, so I will look to blog about all the fishing during that time. So in this post, we caught a thumper trevally at about the 40cm mark and took home plenty of bait as we were running well short.
Big Southern Calamari and Bream (15-Apr-13)
So the Autumn weather had arrived together with the end of daylight savings, which made for some chilly sunsets and early days. But the cold weather also bring in some big squid as well. Knowing this, we concentrated our efforts on some squid jigging. I would normally go the smallest size I can get to target the bait sized squid as well, but I switched to a slightly larger model, a 2.
Winter Flathead (23-Mar-13)
So Autumn was here and the wonderful summer was well and truly over, with the weather dropping off dramatically and with it, the number of fish as well. We also find that there are generally less species available during the colder months as well. The action was a bit slow with just the few live baits available, but we put them out anyway. In the mean time we tried for some squid as they can be caught all year round.
Big Australian Salmon (25-Feb-13)
So trying to fit in as much fishing before the end of summer, we decided to try live baiting for hopefully yet another flathead like in the two previous posts. We had a few variations going, one with a small sinker and one with a bigger one. The small sinker gives the fish some more slack to swim around the surface, whereas the larger one puts it down towards the bottom.
Squid and Flathead (18-Feb-13)
So the flathead have been around as was the case in the previous post. It is good to know that a particular species is around so that you can target them. Flathead are quite easy to catch, but not quite in abundance. They are bottom feeders and are very well camouflaged with the muddy and sandy bottoms. A standard rig we would use is a bit of lead on a live or fresh bait with about a 50cm trace.
A long time between drinks
So guys, sincerest apologies for not posting for so long, some things have come up and it has been hectic to say the least. I have still been getting plenty of emails, all of which I have (hopefully) attended to. I have also been out fishing in that time as well so I will add the posts in due time. In the meantime, I had noticed that most of the traffic to my site has come from tablets and mobiles, and so I have decided to pretty it up so that it is a bit more navigatable on all.
Flathead and Flounder (9-Feb-13)
After watching a few guys catch a few flounder last week, we decided to give it a go ourselves. We figured it was flounder season so we changed our rigs to keep the bait at the bottom. The rig was a running sinker straight down to the hook and we used the fresh squid in strips that we had caught the previous week. So it was flounder season indeed as we hooked up on two in quick succession.
Australia Day squid (26-Jan-13)
After last week’s success with the squid jig, we decided to concentrate on squid again this time around. We jigged for a long time for a total of 3 squid, one of them being a pretty decent southern calamari. Have to get them while they are around, they’re not as abundant as the arrow squid!
First squid of the season (20-Jan-12)
So another warm Summer’s day and there was plenty of activity in the water. Most fish were undersized bream with the occasional bait fish. Swapped the rigs over for a squid jig and after a fair bit of time jigging we managed to get the two, one smaller one perfect for bait.
First Cobia! (17-Dec-12)
The weather was heating up for the peak of Summer but surprisingly not many fish around. Tried many different baits including live and cubes. Towards the end of the day, one of the cubes got taken by something fierce, yet unrecognisable. We were surprised to catch our first cobia! A relatively small one compared to the ones we see on TV, but good to see them around as they normally reside in deeper waters.