Yellowtail Kingfish - or "Kingies" as they are referred to often - are a fish found in all Australian states. They are an elongated while some of larger fish can be fatter - more like an Albacore in shape. Colour of dark blue to purple above, silvery below, the two colours separated by a broad yellowish-green longitudinal band. The spinous dorsal and pectoral fins are light bluish, the other fins including the tail are yellow. The Kingies are a totally different fish from Yellowfin Tuna. Kingies are a schooling fish, where there is one there are usually a lot more.Read more ...
We headed to St Helens Caravan Park on Tuesday and came home on Sunday. Fishing was quiet tuff in the bay only catching 8 trevally, 4 bream and lots of other bits and pieces. All trevally were caught on a wide range of plastics and bream on Yep hard bodies. We tried swimming a wide range of hard bodies but the Yep hard bodies were the only ones that would work.
Trev, Bailey and I had a great day at St Helens today fishing in the Tasfish.com Grand slam.
We didn’t manage a win but we did catch all 3 required species of a Trevally, Bream and Salmon, (The required “Grand Slam”).
A big thanks’ goes to Mike Stevens for putting such a fantastic event on and for making all of us who are “learning to bream fish with lures” comfortable enough to fish with the big guns.
We will return next year with much more knowledge (I hope!).
I just got back from St.Helens where I had a fish with my brother Stephen.
I was tied up doing chores at the shack yesterday, so today we went out for about 4 hours for a good feed of morwong, we were after a stripy, but it was not to be this time.
We then went for a troll at the 100 metre mark for some albacore and boated three.
On a trip to St Helens over the Christmas, had the usual home cooked Christmas dinner and Boxing day holiday. I wasn't to know these were going to be the best days for fishing while we were there. On Monday night went to set my craypot but got beaten by a strong south easterly wind, so the cray got to live another day.
Just got back from St.Helens, spent a couple of days fishing in Georges Bay and Grants Lagoon with Bailey, my brother Paul and his son Nathan. We caught a few salmon and a couple of grass whiting over some sand flats and Nathan lost a really big bream right at the boat. In Grants lagoon we caught some big trevally, bream and flathead, also got around 10 dozen prawns from here on Tuesday night. We also got a pic of a nice Thresher shark caught up the coast from shore (pics may not be very clear as they were taken from a mobile).
I have been working down at St.Helens last week, so Bailey caught the bus down on Friday to have a fish with me on the weekend.
We arrived at St Helens caravan park on Wednesday at 11am and was on Georges bay at noon. The wind was blowing 20 knot north westerlies with stronger gusts coming through so we launched the boat at Akaroa. We fished wherever we could get out of the wind, casting 1/8 jigheads with a wide range of soft plastics.
Mike Stevens rang last night and invited me to join him for a trip down to St Helens today, "plenty of big Australian Salmon about, we should have a bit of fun" ......were his words. That was an understatement.
Patrick, Stu and I went to St Helens on Sunday. Monday we fished near St Helens Island for 12 flathead and 7 Morwong.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we fished the Bay for Garfish and Blackback - catching 78 Garfish - biggest 55cms. Blackback all around the 3 - 4 lb. Barway black with all the Salmon. Weather perfect.
Cheers Jamie - Morehouse Fishing Charters
Hi all. We took Bailey and Nathan for a fish in Georges Bay this afternoon (June 13th) using soft plastics. Fished up near the oyster racks and got onto some nice mullet, cocky salmon and blackback salmon, lost a big trevally right at the boat, hooks pulling free.
Fished Georges Bay last Saturday and had a couple of hours catching garfish,mullet,cocky salmon and leatherjackets,it didn’t take long for the berley to start working,we caught around 30 fish,fished the incoming tide near the oyster leases,my brother Paul and his mate went out passed the barway to the sunken boat and flicked softies around and caught some good blackback.
CHEERS PHIL ZANETTO
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After a week of stormy weather, big swells, and floods, the weekend's task of finding fish was always going to be hard work. We were greeted by water looking more like pea soup than bluewater open ocean. The stained water extended out to 3 mile. Large masses of uprooted floating seaweed inshore made lure trolling very frustrating, the only answer was to head wide. Large striped tuna were very plentiful, but the albacore a bit slower due to conditions on the day. A decision was made to put in a solid cubing and jigging session which produced in excess of 35 yellowtail kingfish, some of which were released. Water temperature reached 18 degrees celcius, very healthy, so with hopefully a little less rainfall this week, we can look forward to cleaner ocean surface and some good fishing.
Thought I might give you a report from fishing at St.Helens on the weekend. We fished Saturday afternoon looking for some tuna on the 100 metre mark, but found them scarce, trolled for one and a half hours and did not turn a reel All the fresh run off from all the rain was evident, water discoloured to a fair way out, certainly would not help matters, so we decided to go for some tasty flathead We headed in to 50 metres of water between St.helens point and the island and caught a couple dozen, so we were happy to get a feed. We talked to other fishos about how they went and they reported that action was slow, with only a couple of albies and stripies to show for a few hours trolling.
Gamefishing off St Helens continues to produce consistent results in the area of tuna numbers, especially albacore close in around 2-4 miles from shore. Last weekend albacore and striped tuna were prolific, with our largest albacore Saturday 19th March at 22 Kg on a small skirted trolling lure. Water temp is around the 17-18 degrees. The key is to look for the deep blue colour water edging up against the greener grubbier water. Saturday produced a 27 Kg yellowfin tuna on Merricks reef, with other similar fish being hooked up the same day.
Fished Saturday hoping to get onto some albacore this time and got plenty with no stripies this time. Caught around 17 all around 2 kilos average weight.
They were all caught on the 100 metre mark.
The St Helens Charity Grandslam was run and won Saturday 29 January at the St Helens Regatta. Bigger and better than ever it raised $1660 for a charity that will be announced shortly. It will be announced here.
This amount was only possible due to the support of www.tasfish.com, Tamar Marine, Coastal Marine and the Rotary Club of St Helens. Their generosity is priceless and we sincerely thank them.
Jacob (8) and Holly (7) from Richmond were getting in practice at Boomer Bay on Sunday for the St Helen's Grand Slam. This 450mm Leather Jacket gave Jake a good fight on light line, while Holly was content with a nice Cocky Salmon.
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My brother Paul stayed on for a couple more days to do some more deep sea fishing and is having a ball catching some nice striped trumpeter, blue eye trevalla, morwong and some crays, Eddystone patch being the hot spot.
Wish I didn’t have to go back to work, look what I am missing out on!!!
Scamander river was where Nathan caught the tailor,
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by Phil Zanetto
Fishing report on St.Helens over the xmas break.
Managed four "half days" fishing out wide when the wind wasn’t blowing,fished south of St.Helens island on two occasions and caught plenty of nice sand and tiger flatties, a few gummy sharks, some latchet and the usual pests of the sea ..the red gurnard.
Had a boys trip to St Helens on the weekend with great results, plenty of big salmon mainly in Moulting Bay & some in the channel. Also bagged a few silver trevally in the channel during a real purple patch on Sat evening. All were caught on soft plastics with a variety being used.
Also had a great session on the flathead with a couple of beauties being boated at the 65m mark straight out from heads.
Cheers Tim Gavin, Brady & Joel.
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