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Report on fishing at St.Helens over Easter 2011

Fished Sunday afternoon with Glen Round in Georges Bay and had a ball catching cocky salmon and some mackeral on soft plastics. The fish were feeding on white bait, caught most in bay near the scout hall. My brother Steve caught a couple of trevally behind oyster leases also on softies. Today fished with Glen, Steve & Bailey and headed out around 9.30am and fished till around 1.30pm. We fished south of St.Helens Island and down to Pulfers reef and caught a few striped tuna in 50 mts of water,they certainly were in close. We also got onto some nice flathead, gummy shark, morwong, barber perch, wrasse and gurnard We lost a good striped trumpeter which was disappointing. A couple other mates fished on the shelf and caught some albacore, gemfish and blueye trevalla,albies only small. The water temp on the shelf is only a bit over 16 degrees. It certainly has dropped. We hope everyone had a good Easter.

Report from St Helens

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.
Rocky Carosi.

St Helens Mako

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.

St Helens Gamefishing report

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.

St.Helens Report March 12 2011

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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