Reel Deal: Rough weather keeps boats ashore

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said after suffering an abysmal weather event here last weekend, there was a small window on Monday and Tuesday just gone.

Snapper time: Mitchell Bonner with a nice local reddie from last week. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - 1MB is ideal.)

Snapper time: Mitchell Bonner with a nice local reddie from last week. (Photos submitted for publication should be high res - 1MB is ideal.)

A few cautious crews headed out for some southern bluefin or yellowfin tuna action, but the two-metre plus swells increased as they got wider and most returned home “skunked”.

A few positive reports came in from down around Bermagui with a couple of boats finding fish straight out the front of Bermi itself.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Information courtesy Bureau of Meteorology.

Reel Weapon was the first boat to get onto the tuna this week when they brought in a brace of southern bluefin ranging from 60 kilos to an impressive 90 kilos.

Closer to home there unfortunately was not a great deal to report with the wind and swell and of course plain common sense, putting the boating community on standby.

As the nasty bump subsided midweek, there should be some good snapper around this weekend but you will need to exercise good judgement and caution as these winter weather fronts usually are very unpredictable.

Seas are unforgiving for the foolhardy - it might look okay from the boat ramp but remember, you have to get back in if it “comes away”.

Snapper should be right in close cleaning up in the washes as well as out over the 50-metre depth line and soft plastics fished lightly and or fresh squid and cuttlefish will be the go-to baits when and if you can get out there safely.

There has been some nice sized kingfish about in the shallows, but stopping them is another matter. They are renowned to be dirty fighters in any depth and these shallow water hooks-ups usually tilt the scales towards the kingies.

There was a nice 10 kilogram brute pulled in off Bellambi bommie but the guy gave the king a “bums rush” back to the boat on heavy gear before it could dictate the fight in very shallow water where you could see the bottom as the kingfish bite will be aggressive and come from nowhere to hammer your fresh squid or live yakka/slimy.

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