coastal-catches-2014-0-25-hannah -ledgerCoastal Catches 25/9/2014

Some of the weather that we are getting lately is almost unbelievable with relatively calm days and very little rain. It seems there are a lot of anglers taking advantage of the conditions and wetting a line. 
I was down at Sisters Beach on Sunday and the target for the morning was Calamari Squid. We got onto a few good ones and I have been experimenting with a method that I was told about a while ago and it has been fairly successful. It basically involves hanging a squid jig under a polystyrene float and using a small silicone rubber float stopper to set the depth. The advantage of this is you can set the depth so your squid jig is just above the bottom which leaves it in the strike zone and it also results in less jigs being lost. It worked for us and it is a method I will persevere with.

Coastal Catches 12/6/2014

I had a call late last week from a commercial fisherman who was out off Marrawah and saw some huge schools of Bluefin Tuna. He said he had never seen them in the area in those numbers in all his years of fishing. A few fisho’s headed to the far North West over the weekend and reported one boat caught 10 and another 4. This is great news and we hope they continue turning up every year.

Coastal Catches 5/6/2014

I mentioned that the West Coast was the place to be last weekend and the prophecy turned out to be correct. There have been numerous reports of good catches of Stripy Trumpeter and there were also some Bluefin Tuna caught just out from Strahan. It’s good to see them there, as it is a much shorter drive to the West Coast than to Eaglehawk Neck. There are however less opportunities due to the Wild West coast weather. If the weather allows it would be well worth a look.

Coastal Catches 29/5/2014

I had the weekend off and decided to go for a fish at St Helens. Saturday was reasonable so we decided to head out to the shelf to see if we could catch some Stripy Trumpeter and Blue Eye Trevalla out at the shelf. Well that idea was quashed when I discovered that I had left the power leads for the electric reels in the car. The conditions were far from ideal for bottom fishing so we decided to have a troll to see if there were any Tuna about and were pleasantly surprised. There were some good sized Albacore caught and we ended up having a brilliant day.

Coastal Catches 22/05/2014

A couple of my staff members headed south on the weekend to Eaglehawk neck to try to catch Bluefin Tuna and by all accounts their mission was very successful. It’s a wonder that there were any people left on the North West Coast as there were a heap’s of coasters down there. They both said the camaraderie of the fisho’s that were down there was exceptional and there was plenty of good natured banter on the radio. 
Friday and Saturday were the best fishing days and they were days when there was a reasonable amount of chop on the water. The weather improved for Sunday and the fish were few and far between.

Coastal Catches 15/5/2014

Bluefin Tuna are still being caught at Eaglehawk Neck and there are plenty of North West fisho’s heading down this weekend. The weather seems to be playing a part in how good the fishing is with a few more fish being caught on the rougher days. Smaller skirts such as Meridian Demon are working well as are deep diving bibbed lures. 

Coastal Catches 18/4/2013

The next two weeks are the last hurrah for the Brown Trout season and many anglers organise a “last trip” of the season in this time. The Great Lake is well worth a try as there has been some really nice fish caught recently. The Great Lake has plenty of Rainbow Trout and if you are lucky enough to catch one, they normally put on a spectacular show leaping out of the water in their quest to escape. Swan Bay is a good spot in the evening if you strip a large wet fly or a dark spinner.

Coastal Catches 11/4/2013

There has been some fantastic fishing around the traps over the last week. Last Friday we got word that there were some more Bluefin Tuna caught out off Strahan. Sunday was looking good so I got a crew together and headed down the West Coast. We were not disappointed. The weather was good and before long we had a Bluefin on board.  We looked for birds working as they are usually a good indicator of where the fish are. The big surprise for the day was an Albacore Tuna over 20 kg. We finished with three Bluefin and one Albacore.

Coastal Catches 28/3/2013

The weather was very unkind to those fishing in the Pirtek Fishing Challenge last Sunday and conditions were nothing short of atrocious. The results will be announced on Saturday and we are all hoping that anglers from the North West Coast are among the prizes.
There is some good news coming out of the Eaglehawk Neck area because there were a few Bluefin caught last weekend including a 127kg Jumbo sized one. Everyone has their fingers crossed that it is going to be a good season and there will be plenty of fish about.

Coastal Catches 8/2/2013

I was interested to read that the IFS are going to be doing some electro fishing surveys in some of our rivers. There has been quite a bit of talk recently with regard to the number of cormorants that are around and their possible effect on fish numbers. Anecdotally, rivers that have been prolific producers of trout in the past have in recent months produced low catch rates. The IFS will electro fish the River Leven, Tyenna, Russell, Mersey, St Patricks and Meander rivers to ascertain the density of trout and the spread of size classes. The methods used will allow comparison of previous results from surveys conducted in the 1990's, 1980's and 1970's. The report will be released about March this year and should make interesting reading.

Coastal Catches 1/2/2013

I had a trip down to St. Helens on the long weekend and the wind that has been blowing from the west followed me down there and blew from the east. We did get a good days fishing out on the shelf on Monday and managed to find a few Gemfish.

 

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