by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
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.
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