Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal said it was yet another frustrating weekend for the game boat crews chasing marlin and other pelagics.
After the current had backed off last week, many held high hopes that they would see the billfish bite go bang but it was more like a fizzer.
Mother Nature - or should that read King Neptune - had other ideas.
As last Friday arrived so did the current and it steadily increased over the weekend to be best described as raging.
The warp speed current seemed to be directly off the Illawarra coastline.
To the north and up off Sydney, billfish hook-ups were all over the radio and south around Jervis Bay, some guys even managed solo-effort capture, tag and release of billies nearing 80 to 90 kilos.
Seems like someone has done something wrong and the fishing gods need to be appeased, but how.
The snapper bite over the weekend was again an inshore affair with the current just far too hard to get to the bottom on the deeper reefs past 25 metres depth.
There were plenty of nice pan-sized reds about the shallows but the size was lacking and no big knobbies to tangle with.
Soft plastics out-fished the bait as is becoming the norm these days.
According to the sounder readings, the reds were schooled up in various spots from 15-20-metre depth lines and ranged from the undersized to near enough to 2.5 kilos.
Flathead fishos had to do the same and try the inshore drifts and while there were plenty of fish about, the size just wasn’t the same as guys have been used to scoring.
The frigate mackerel run has been keeping a lot of fishos sane with these little speedsters still doing the rounds of our local harbours, points and breakwalls.
All you need to get into the action is a light to medium rod and a small profile metal slug and away you go.
Not only are they awesome fun to catch, they make for an excellent bait for just about everything that swims in the ocean.
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