Snapper stirred up by swell

Reeled in: Brock Evans with a whiting after a recent fishing expedition.

Reeled in: Brock Evans with a whiting after a recent fishing expedition.

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal reported last weekend’s big southerly swell that developed kept most well away from the water.

But the resultant stir up had snapper fishos rejoicing at the chance to get out and into some shallow water reds as the swell abated earlier this week.

Information sourced from Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Information sourced from Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

On Sunday a couple of the bigger game boats punched out wide from Sydney in the hunt for a broadbill drop and to also have a look for the elusive yellow or blue fin tuna that so far have been absent.

No tuna or swords were reported, but Tristan Williams and Mark Dandy did find some solid mid-winter dolphin fish out there which is bizarre this time of year but a welcome and tasty by catch for their efforts.

Before the swell last week there were some excellent sized snapper about that had bellies full of cuttlefish as the spawn run of these cephalopods hits full swing.

Reds to four kilograms were quite common and the best results came from fishing very shallow to avoid the rampaging run of barracouta we have at the moment.

There have been plenty of big sized trevally around the shallows as well as some big blue nosed bream and both took a liking to royal red prawns. Flathead drifts were still producing the goods but as mentioned before there will be a few rig changes and moves needed to escape the barracouta. 

There was reports of some good mulloway off the beaches of late with East Corrimal a stand out last week with multiple fish of around the 10kg mark as well as a whole heap of soapies and plenty of big winter whiting and bream getting about off the beaches as well with odd big flathead also.

With the big swell, blackfish came to play in the sheltered harbours and bays and with the lack of weed about due to the swell many opted for the artificial weed flies that seem to be doing as good if not better than the fresh stuff.

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