CONSIDERING the weather forecast for last weekend it turned out to be a pretty good one. The wind didn’t get up on the Sunday as much as predicted. For those who had a case of Mondayitis and didn’t go to work on the Monday, what a cracker of a day. Good luck to you, I hope you all got out and got amongst them.
After news last Thursday and Friday out of the Ulladulla fish co-ops filtered through the game fishing fraternity of a bluefin tuna run just off their coast, it didn’t take long for several boat skippers to muster a crew together and hit the water on Saturday morning. They headed out to the vicinity of where the long liners had been working the previous days to find massive schools of bluefin tuna sending their depth sounders into overdrive and total blackout for most of the day.
Most boats managed to catch fish by either cubing or trolling and by the end of the day were catching them on jigs and also throwing surface poppers on heavy spin gear just for a bit of fun.
I even heard of a couple of fishos/spearos jumping in for a bit of a challenge to try to get one with the spear gun, whatever floats your boat guys!
You’ve definitely got more courage than me; 40 miles out to sea and jumping out of a perfectly good boat into a massive school of bluefin tuna in a feeding frenzy. What were you thinking?
Haven’t you heard of sharks?
Anyway madness aside, they managed to spear a couple of rippers without getting eaten, so well done boys, top effort.
Other boats north and in a bit from the big school off Ulladulla also managed to catch fish with fish in as far as the 13 line and some were even spotted jumping on the shelf line.
At the time of writing this it looked as though there was going to be a small window of opportunity on Thursday to get out and have another crack. It may be the last one of the year at the bluefin, with the long-range forecast not looking the best for the weekend.
Conditions need to be pretty favourable when you’re travelling 30-40 miles to sea in a small boat and you need to know your boat’s limitations and fuel range.
I’ve heard a couple of stories now of guys just plain running out of fuel on the way back in. Not a nice feeling if you’re about to cross a bar or the weather’s turned crappy, especially at night.
So if you’re thinking of heading out this week give us a call at McCallums Tackleworld Nowra on 4421 2418. If we have the latest info on where the bluefin are we will be only too happy to let you know. Remember the more boats out there the more bait in the water and the more likely the fish are to come up and stay feeding.
A quick look at the Shoalhaven River now and reports of good catches of flatheads are fairly consistent with anywhere from the mouth of Broughton Creek up to the canal producing fish up to about 55cm. There are also plagues of estuary perch in these areas, but remember it is closed season for them at present and they must be returned to the water.
Some big winter bluenose bream have also been taken in the lower reaches of the river around Greenwell Point on bait at night, so this is a good option if you can handle the cold.
Over and out, Johnny