Swells a big factor for fish

BIG ONE: Dan Gilbertson from GT Fishing Charters holding a nice Bight Redfish when he was out fishing with mates. Photo: GT Fishing Charters
BIG ONE: Dan Gilbertson from GT Fishing Charters holding a nice Bight Redfish when he was out fishing with mates. Photo: GT Fishing Charters

It has not been much of a week for getting outdoors. A few took advantage of the small weather windows and caught a few fish.


Good sized salmon are being caught on most surf beaches when there is no massive swell. Fish to 70cm have been caught on salted pilchards and metal lures.

Venus, Streaky and Elliston have seen a few King George whiting, garfish, silver trevally and salmon trout caught.


King George whiting are plentiful inside the bay but most were well undersized. As usual, Farm Beach is the area to fish for better sized fish. Inside Coffins there was plenty of salmon trout and a few garfish as well as the odd kingfish, gummy shark and flathead.

Around Farm Beach, the water is really dirty, so berley is a must. The better King George whiting were caught on cuttlefish or cockle baits.

Offshore was tough this week with huge swells and strong winds limiting travel distance. Nannygai were quiet due to swells, but those caught were of good size.


Squid are still the most reliable species to catch for a feed. The Town Jetty continues to fire on quality jigs with warm jackets and rattles when the water is a bit dirty. Other areas that have produced were Stenross, North Shields Jetty and Louth Bay.

King George whiting were in good numbers around Taylors Landing, Louth Bay, Spalding Cove, the Monument and Thistle Island.

Whiting into the mid 40cm range were landed on squid and cockles with a bit of berley and moving often being the keys to getting a few fish.

Salmon trout continues to be almost everywhere. Stenross and Louth Island were good to chase plenty on baits and lures. Other species around bays and in the passage were silver trevally, tommies, squid and sweep. Sleaford to Wanna produced good salmon, around Salmon Hole seems to be best.


In the Marina there were plenty of small salmon trout, silver trevally and a mixed bag of other fish. Off the jetty squid have been the main target with some nice one kilo plus models landed.

There are also salmon trout, tommies and a few other species being caught from the jetty to keep the kids on holidays busy.

Out at the Group, the reports have been about the good numbers of King George whiting in the 35-40cm bracket. Fishing in shallow or deep does not seem to matter, but they are all still on the winter bottom.

There are also plenty of salmon, snook and big squid for a good mixed bag.


Not many reports, but a few King George whiting to 40cm and plenty of tommies and squid were caught.


A few reports of King George whiting just outside the entrance and squid and yellowfin whiting inside the harbour.