Reel Deal: Sensational pelagic run continues

Blue heaven: Leo Stolk finally got his long awaited blue marlin on a recent outing. Anglers up and down the coast are hooking up as the amazing pelagic run continues.

Blue heaven: Leo Stolk finally got his long awaited blue marlin on a recent outing. Anglers up and down the coast are hooking up as the amazing pelagic run continues.

Luke from Leisure Coast Tackle at Corrimal agrees that other than sounding repetitive, there is little more that can be said about our sensational and exceptional pelagic run that hasn’t been reported already.

Along with the epic weather, the fishing has been just about as good as it can possibly be.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

All the local reefs around the 50 fathom line absolutely went off last week and weekend with marlin, dolphin fish, snapper and sampsons all being very co-operative.

Bandit, Trap and Wollongong reefs all held big numbers of black marlin with many boats going 4/2/2 over the weekend on them.

There were more dollies from around the FADs boated that had to be seen to believed and yes, they were all well over legal size.

They fell to almost anything from livies, plastics, trolled lures, jig, bait – you name it, they all worked.

Again far too many successful anglers to name individually as the majority of the boats targeted the billfish and the dollies were happy to oblige.

Some crews faced the exciting but also frustrating dilemma as to what to target – marlin or big dollies as the billies were either side of the 100 kilogram size and some dollies were near the 8 kilo mark.

Those who chose to fish a little wider found the shelf area had patches of good yellowfin tuna with a couple that graced the decks going 75 kilos.

Snapper were all over these reefs as well with lots of big fish around the 3-5kg mark coming in.

With the abundance of bait currently about, you just had to be patient and troll around whilst keeping an eye on the sounder screen.

Micro jigs and plastics were the go-to for the reds with some welcome by-catch of some pretty impressive sized sampson fish coming in, together with XOS blue mowies, pigfish and some big trevally.

There were some good kings and bonito about the deeper reefs and the Port islands, but the more eastern of the Five Islands definitely fished better for these species opposed to Bellambi as most crews out of there had billfish on their priority list.

Email: gazwade@bigpond.com.