Steve Griffin cadling a sensational GT from last weekend.
Steve Griffin cadling a sensational GT from last weekend.

Local fishing matches anything seen on TV

WHAT a week it's been with conditions across the whole region being unbelievable for getting out on that water.

Steve "Griffo" Griffin and Nev Welsh hounded Mick Megaw from Boyne Island Bait and Tackle for some Wolf Herring, and along with some Pike they decided to have a bash at the ground between Ethel Rocks and Out Rocks outside Pancake Creek.

The Wolf Herring were very successful with the landing of this 29kg spanish mackerel, and after taking hit after hit on the fresh pike he decided to rig up a stinger hook set up and send it down to 7m on a down rigger to see what happens… then WHAM!

This fish took off going for a huge run in the first few minutes of the hook up just about spooling his line, but chasing the beast they had it beside the boat after a 40-minute battle.

It was so big, and with Griffo a bit knocked up, it took two of them to get it in the boat.

Many photos later and 20 minutes of swimming the fish they were both high-fiving.

He mentioned to me that there were also some marlin hanging around as some swam so close that they could actually make out what they were.

These are days to remember indeed and to think that we salivate over the Nomad Charter photos of their big GTs. These fellas are right here.

There is loads of bait around at present and I have no doubt these big pelagics will be rounding them up and smashing them.

We need to hear more of those stories and see more pictures. 

A MONSTER: Steven Griffin and Nev Welsh proudly showing off a 29kg Spaniard from Outer Rocks.
A MONSTER: Steven Griffin and Nev Welsh proudly showing off a 29kg Spaniard from Outer Rocks. Contributed

Those who managed to get out over the weekend especially Friday and Saturday did very well with many bagging out or getting close to that on trout.

Johnny Ohl was one of those and it was nice to see him have a good trip because I have been out at Douglas with Johnny parked not 20m away.

We caught 18 reds in 30 minutes, and old mate Johnny didn't get one. He was a tad dark over that, and we really weren't doing anything special either.

This weekend marks the new moon lunar phase and at the time of writing this.

Saturday looks the pick of the days to slip out the front with a northerly coming in during the day, but swinging to the west by evening and Sunday the breeze pops back up again to the 10-15 SW maybe stronger.

It'll flatten the sea out, though and those pelagics are in good numbers up and down the coast from Roundhill right through to Cape Capricorn and beyond.

Get some fresh bait or livies and give them a burst.

In close to shore the water is cooling, grunter, fingermark and salmon really don't mind and they are about in good numbers.

This week I was up around Manns Weir below Pikes Crossing on the Boyne River taking some photos and there was fish activity everywhere including some very loud "boofs" from barra snatching a feed from the surface.

Manns Weir does prevent the saltwater from encroaching on the freshwater side allowing fruit and beef growers to get fresh water from the river.

This does cop a fair hiding when the water comes over the wall at Awoonga but this lush stretch of water is very much alive with fish.

So get out there. Or get into your local tackle shop as they all have specials for the end of financial year.

No one likes counting stock.



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