Reel Deal: Bluefin go for KFC chicken baits

Aussie fish dinner: Spanish visitors Antonio Barea and Vanesa Garcia enjoyed their holiday with cousin Greg Barea and a feed of snapper.

Aussie fish dinner: Spanish visitors Antonio Barea and Vanesa Garcia enjoyed their holiday with cousin Greg Barea and a feed of snapper.

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal welcomed the school holidays and happily reported the weather seems to have finally settled into summer mode.

Out wide the run of blue fin tuna continued with solid fish taken last week and weekend with most reports coming from the southern canyons.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

There were also plenty of fish up around the 60kg-90kg mark and above.

Although there weren’t as many fish as previous weeks, the boats that did find them were able to keep them up on the surface for some sensational top water bites.

Numerous Facebook fishing side groups have been full of videos of anglers hooking up on all sorts of baits including broccoli and KFC chicken.

Hopefully they will stick around for this long weekend which would please many locals and visitors alike.

On a positive note, inter-boat communication has been excellent with a lot of skippers broadcasting GPS marks once they have found the fish so those who aren’t on them can come over and join the melee.

Closer to home there have been some really good catches of snapper with again the deeper marks holding the better fish at present.

The magic numbers seem to be from the 50-metre depth line out to near the 70-metre mark and several boats have bagged out and left them biting.

There is plenty of tasty by-catch amongst the reds with some big pigfish and blue mowies as well.

Plastics are still predominately getting the bigger fish when worked through the schools but bait has been holding its own also with plenty of schools of slimy mackerel out there as well.

Flathead drifts north and south have been producing good bags of fish including sand and tiger flatties as well as some monster flounder.

There have also been big numbers of the tasty gummy sharks with a couple of boats landing 3 or 4 gummies per trip.

The rocks have slowed a little with very little wash due to the flat seas but early morning and last light sessions have been producing some good sized pigs and bream by fishing with royal reds and or cunje and a steady trail of berley.