Diver whiting have turned up on show holiday cue
OPINION: The recent cold snap has certainly dropped the water temperatures which are now sitting at about 21 degrees.
This has seen snapper move into the Bay with some great reports coming in from all parts.
Locals also usually use the show holiday as the start of the diver whiting season.
They have turned up right on cue in all their usual haunts and have been of good size.
The full moon tides across the weekend should produce some good fishing, particularly for whiting and bream off our beaches.
Across the neap tides whiting were tough around the mouth of the Burrum. The bigger tides will produce a better bite with yabbies and worms being the bait pick.
Good size bream and flathead can also be found around the mouth of the Burrum.
In the mid reaches of the system a few barramundi have been reported coming from the snags.
Switched-on anglers have worked hard but persistence has paid off with weedless-rigged Zman four-inch paddle-tails working well.
The wide grounds have been tough with the south-westerly blows in the morning.
However, crews have made the most of the afternoon glassouts, heading up later in the day.
Sweetlip, coral trout, hussar, parrot, scarlets and big trevally and snapper have been reported from the Southern Gutters and the 25 Fathom Hole.
A few big spanish have also been reported from out there taking live baits and pilchards drifted in the current.
Now that most of the school longtails have moved on we now see our run of snapper.
This week's full moon will see an increase in numbers of snapper and will provide good tides up there to chase them.
Yakka schools have begun to move in and concentrating your efforts around the schools will see the best results.
Soft plastics have always been a great lure for snapper, soft vibes and blades are also very good and can out fish plastics at times.
For the bait fishers, live yakkas, pilchards and whole squid are great.
Bigger longtails can still be found up the island but have now begun to feed deeper in the water column.
Scarlets and trevally have also been regular catches up there.
Steve from Anglers Den has reported flathead, bream, golden trevally, longtail tuna and queenfish being taken.
The bigger tides on the weekend will produce some good whiting from the pier. Fishing the beaches will also be a good option with either live yabbies or small micro poppers.
The Sandy Strait and the lower reaches of the Mary have really begun to fire.
After such a long period of dirty water areas have begun to clear and the fishing has been great.
Gt's, diamond trevally, flathead, blue and threadfin salmon, queenfish, grunter, whiting, barramundi and jew have all been reported.
Soft plastics have been getting a lot of fish with anglers getting a real mixed bag down there.
Smaller soft plastics have been doing well with the 2.5inch Zman Grubz being a popular lure.
Diver whiting have been in good numbers of late and have been taken on the inside of big woody, off Shelly Beach and in front of Dundowran.
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