Reel Deal: Dolphin fish keep anglers busy

 Dolly dinner: Blake Honeysett with a solid dolphin fish from a trip last weekend. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - at least 1MB please)

Dolly dinner: Blake Honeysett with a solid dolphin fish from a trip last weekend. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - at least 1MB please)

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal says marlin have still been a bit hard to find in our offshore patch of ocean but north and south of us has been nothing short of sensational.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

It has however, been a bit of a fish frenzy offshore these past few days with dolphin fish all over the place including the FADs.

Plenty of big bull and cow dollies have been caught near the FADs but a surprising number have been found from simply trolling a pattern of smaller lures with a blue pusher way out the back to hopefully entice a billfish.

Some of the dollies have been well over a metre long and best so far has weighed in at 18 kilograms.

Tim Tuta landed a couple of big fish on top water stick baits with his biggest cow going in excess of 1200mm.

Luke Turner fished with Terry Tatton for his personal best dolphin fish of 10 kilos to join the many other anglers in the 10 kilo club.

Back to the marlin and from Narooma south to Eden, the bite rate has been phenomenal.

Radio chatter has indicated multiple hits as soon as a troll pattern is being sorted.

From South West Rocks down to off Newcastle/Nelson Bay, it has been almost verbatim as down south, but we have had a near empty void.

However, the current is still pushing south and we only need a few hard north-easterlies to blow it in, so keep an eye on the beaches as when the bluebottles appear on the sand, the big guys will be out there.

Closer to home there has been an excellent run of snapper with some solid fish coming in from  the deeper reefs. Sam Anderson has taken top spot so far this year in the instore fishing comp snapper section with his 4.3 kilo red from last weekend up off Sea Cliff Bridge.

The better reds have been coming again from the 50 metre depth line and beyond as current permits.

There have been far too many anglers to mention that have had reds in the eskies around the 3 kilo mark.

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Kiama Game Fishing Club will hold their annual kids fishing comp in and around Kiama Harbour on the morning of Saturday, January 20th. Details at www.kiamagfc.com.au.