Reel Deal: Squid bring in superb kingies.

Nice catch:  Nathan Dore with his salmon caught off Port Kembla. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - about 1MB or larger)

Nice catch: Nathan Dore with his salmon caught off Port Kembla. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - about 1MB or larger)

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait & Tackle at Corrimal said there were some excellent kingfish pulled last weekend and many were over legal size - a welcome change from the smaller rags that kept stealing baits.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Here locally, there were some awesome hoodlum sized kingies caught out of Bellambi, Port Kembla and Shellharbour with many fish up to and over the magic one metre mark.

These big bruisers were mainly caught on slow trolled, down rigged squid which in themselves have been in abundance of late and also of an excellent large size.

The condition of the kingfish has been superb and no doubt they have been ravaging the swags of squid that have been off most headlands for the past few weeks.

There have been more than a few weighed in at Luke’s tackle shop that have pulled the needle down to well over 5 kilos on the average.

The rock boys a little further south, have had some sensational land-based action also on kings.

Some absolute monsters have been hooked, lost and landed around the ledges off Jervis Bay with several pushing the 15-kilogram mark.

One report came in saying a small group of kings swam past them right up tight on the ledge and these guys reckoned the bigger ones were nearing 150 to 180cm in length or somewhere around 30 to 40 kilos.

There was snapper action galore last weekend and with the slowing current, crews targeted the deeper reefs where the bigger reds fell to jigged soft plastics and micro jigs.

Reddies from 4 to 5 kilos came in from Wollongong reef and Trap reef and depth sounder screen shots taken on mobile phones, showed big schools of reds sitting just under the hordes of bait around at present.

There have been plenty of cuttlefish sitting on the bottom, indicating their spawning cycle is not too far.

We should see some solid reds move into the shallows to feed on the floating carcasses as they spawn.

Cuttlefish is widely regarded as the best bait for the fast approaching winter snapper season, as well as being very tasty on the table.

Email: garywade@tpg.com.au