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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