Reel Deal: Strong winds make fishing almost impossible

 Fantastic plastic: Mathew (Spike) Kelly with an unusual plastics capture of a tarpon of 55cm. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res -  at least 1MB)

Fantastic plastic: Mathew (Spike) Kelly with an unusual plastics capture of a tarpon of 55cm. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - at least 1MB)

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal said last weekend’s glorious weather was offset by non-stop August westerly winds that made fishing almost impossible.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Strong wind warnings were in place for the majority of the week but didn’t escalate to the near gale they were predicting.

However, it was windy enough to make you double guess whether to go out or not.

Sunday was the pick of the days, it was still fishable in the morning and those who took it on found some excellent reddies right in close.

The schools of barracouta were still about causing grief and destroying rigs but persistence and a little less burley than usual were the keys to get through them to the reds.

Fish to 3kg were taken in depths between 8 and 15 metres depth on the inshore reefs with soft plastics and fresh cuttlefish the go-to baits.

With the westerlies blowing, the water has been crystal clear so first light/last light and tide changes are needed to get the wary fish to bite.

Still plenty of cuttlefish popping on the inshore reefs but between the barracouta and the seals of late they are not leaving much for the boaties.

There were some huge schools of salmon and tailor over the weekend making for some great sport fishing on light line also.

Beaches again continued to fish well for most species.

Bulli Social Fishing Club member Greg (canvas) Maclean ticked a species off his bucket list last weekend while fishing his club competition, when he pulled in a King George whiting off the beach. The fish nudged the scales down to nearly 600 grams - clean, and also attained him top spot on the instore annual board comp.

There were also plenty of hungry bream and some good sized flatheads coming off various beaches in the north.

Rumours were rife of plenty of good-sized mulloway coming from the beaches during this past week. The spots remain undisclosed of course but there were some quite big numbers taken on soft plastics and baits.

Most of the fish were of school size with the odd story of the big ones getting away.

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