Reel Deal: Schools of yellowfin reported out wide

Top catch: Jade Kynezos with her 40kg yellowfin from last weekend. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is ideal.)

Top catch: Jade Kynezos with her 40kg yellowfin from last weekend. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - around 1MB is ideal.)

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal says the tuna season isn’t over yet with quite a good run of yellowfin being reported these last couple of weeks.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Boats landed some nice sized 30-40kg fish over the weekend from Kiama out wide.

The tuna are virtually in patches right up and down the coast and from 70 fathoms and further east the patches turn into schools, especially out around 750 fathoms.

Greg Barea also found a nice 40-kilo fish for Jade Kynezos last week, straight out the front of Shellharbour in 1000 fathoms.

For the snapper fishos it was a slow weekend with the full moon shutting the fishing down (or that was at least most fishos’ excuse.)

However, the moon is waning back and the snapper have again come on the bite this week.

Mixed in with the snapper on the deeper reefs there has been an excellent run of big pigfish which are sensational on the tooth.

The deeper reefs are still holding the better fish but, saying that, there are still the odd big red in amongst the shallows.

However, you need to be onto them before the sun comes up as once it’s up the bite shuts down instantly.

The rocks have again been producing some good bream and drummer in the washes with some brute pigs about.

Royal red prawns and cunje baits with a bread berley is a sure way to get these fish on the bite, but you have to fish as lightly as possible to entice the bite.

There are plenty of small rat kings about off the ledges at present as they start their spawning season.

It shouldn’t be long before we start seeing the big hoods smashing up bait on the inshore reefs.

Beaches continue to fish fairly consistently for most.

Bream, whiting and flathead are about but not in huge numbers.

At least their size has been making up for it.

There were some good captures of small school jewfish last week on soft plastics at various spots which has been great to see but the big ones are still playing hard to get.

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