Luke from Leisure Coast Bait Tackle at Corrimal reckons it has been a tough start to November fishing, given that summer is just weeks away, with the sea temperatures all over the shop.
Both the weather gods and the fishing gods have been far from co-operative and despite some very determined efforts by the diehards, there has been little to report or get excited over.
A few reports of yellowfin tuna have trickled in but most were wide off Jervis Bay and further south.
However, those fish that were caught were of good quality.
The Jervis Bay fish were quite wide and crews hung in there in less than favourable conditions.
While some were rewarded, several tuna were just too good for the tackle used in those conditions.
Last Saturday the conditions lived up to the forecast with storms, squalls, wind and rain that kept a lot of people off the water.
The strong northerly just didn't abate, and created wind slop and swell that had guys hanging to the rod with one hand while doing their best to not fall over - both in the boat and over the side!.
Sunday turned out to be the pick of the days with a pretty good morning but alas with the falling barometer the fish were playing hard to get.
It was pretty quiet on the snapper front with little to no fish to report especially out on the wider reefs whilst for some, the shallows produced some great sized pan snapper around the Port Kembla area.
The flathead drifts continued to produce goods fish but by all reports, you had to work a little harder for them than you have previously over the past couple of months with plenty of moves required.
The better fish were still coming from the deeper drifts but the deeper you went, the current seemed to increase, so guys needed to strike that happy zone to get their baits to the bottom.
The beaches have again been tough with many reporting it's taking two, three trips to produce a feed, even with the freshest of beach worms and other baits.
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