Reel Deal: Few tuna catches despite promising reports

Crackerjack amberjacks: Brett Byrne is happy with his pair of amberjacks from off Kiama.

Crackerjack amberjacks: Brett Byrne is happy with his pair of amberjacks from off Kiama.

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal says many local boats took the opportunity with the weather window last weekend, to head wide and chase the early reports of tuna.

A strong flotilla also headed to Ulladulla and/or Bermagui from where the reports originated.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology

There were only a couple of fish caught by amateur crews over the weekend with most attributing the lack of bites to the full moon cycle.

But there were some great by-catches of albacore with some of them going close to 20 kilos in five-way hook-ups on these tasty fish.

If you weren’t chasing tuna you were deep dropping for broadbill swordfish and there was plenty of radio chatter with lots of missed bites from spots such as Kiama Canyons and Stanwell Park Canyons. Alas none were hooked locally.

Closer to shore the fishing proved again to be tough with the ideal conditions, but there were a few good reds caught with a couple of fish to the 3kg mark.

Unfortunately, still plenty of barracouta and jackets about as well which makes for hard work with constant re-rigging.

Most of the better reds have been again coming from the deeper water of around 50 metres and there were good reports on the local kingfish with some solid 10kg critters caught around the Port Islands and also off Bellambi. 

The usual flatties drifts have still produced good fish although the size has dropped a little.

Beaches fished very well last weekend and particularly for one local shop customer, Joel Jarvis, who scored his PB mulloway of 25 kilos off an undisclosed beach last Sunday night.

After sorting out work commitments and arriving at the beach later than his mates, Joel quickly rigged up and threw his first bait only to be buckled over almost instantly.

A short time later the silver ghost was pulled onto the sand by his good mate Kev Ward.

They say Joel still has face cramps from the constant smile.

There have still been a good bite on bream and whiting off the beaches as well as salmon and tailor at dawn and dusk.