Squid almost everywhere

MULLOWAY: Graham Cowley with a nice 104cm, 25lb mulloway he caught up on the West Coast.
MULLOWAY: Graham Cowley with a nice 104cm, 25lb mulloway he caught up on the West Coast.

The weather is looking good for the weekend, so everyone should be taking advantage and getting out for a fish while blow-vember takes a break.

Now for what was biting and where.


Good mulloway have been caught up on the West Coast over the last few weeks.

Most who have been able to get up there have caught fish.

Squid baits have been the standout this year so far, so if you are heading up, make sure that you have plenty.

The by-catch has been good too, lots of big salmon and gummy sharks, but not too many rays.

Most of the closer West Coast beaches are fishing well for salmon to four kilograms. Talia and Locks Well have been the most consistent.


Farm Beach and Gallipoli beach areas have been the best for a good run of King George whiting to 38cm and nice garfish.

Offshore has seen massive schools of salmon out as far as Greenly Island, but still no tuna reports.

Inside Coffins, King George whiting to 34cm have been caught along with some garfish and salmon trout.

Kingfish have been caught, but as usual, they are being very fussy.


Kingfish have been sighted and caught around the wharf area, the town jetty and the marina.

Kingfish have been sighted and caught around the wharf area...

Most of the fish have been in the 60-70cm mark, but a few 15kg fish have been sighted lurking around.

Trolling and casting shallow divers or whole squid baits have been the successful methods.

For King George whiting, try the east coast of the national park or the northern end of Thistle Island.

Fish to 40cm are around in good numbers, hard to find during the dodge tides, but as they start to flow, things should improve.

Squid are almost everywhere, again, during the dodge tides, they have been difficult, but should feed more actively as the water starts to flow again.

Use quality jigs like the Yamashita KGW pattern or the ever popular Shimano 14T white jigs in smaller 2.5 and 3.0 sizes late in the afternoon for best results.

Some big garfish and snook have been caught around Boston and Proper bays.

They should be a good option to chase if the weekend forecast of light winds holds true.

Yellowfin whiting to 35cm have been caught in reasonable numbers on surface lures and baits between North Shields and Louth Bay.


The snapper ban means everyone has been chasing whiting and there are plenty about in close.

Cockles, squid strips and a bit of berley has been the successful option.


Squid to one kilogram have been caught in good numbers close to town.

Yellowfin whiting have been reported in good numbers on the local beaches.

Poppers and stickbaits like the Bassday Sugarpen have been working well.

The group has seen whiting to 46cm, squid and gummy sharks caught during the past week.


Yellowfin whiting have been caught at times by anglers using surface lures and worms.

Blue swimmer crabs have been reported, but not in big numbers yet.