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Autumn 2023 Fishing Report and Newsletter

 | By Seamus on 7/20/2023 5:53:41 AM | Views (46)
Autumn 2023 Fishing Report and Newsletter
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Autumn 2023

Autumn is always a great season for us and this year was no different!

The range of fish species is at it’s peak during the autumn months and sees some great size and epic captures as bigger specimens move through. In particular big longtails are on the move and a little easier during Autumn as they crash the surface and you make no mistake identifying these keg size fish.

Lure and fly anglers enjoyed the longtail action.

Big queenfish also show plenty of aggression through Autumn as they gather to spawn in big groups. Working nomad dartwings are a favourite way of our guides to entice a bite which usually results in a huge top water explosion.

Goldens were also a highlight with fish taken on fly, jig, soft plastic and hard body lures.  Big goldens can put up an epic battle when found in the shallower water.

The flats turned it on!  We had some epic flats fishing through winter with longtail tuna, mac tuna, queenfish, golden trevally, tarpon and diamonds being caught on fly and conventional tackle.  Longtails were a stand out with some epic sessions.

Inshore Reef Fun

On our was through the bay we often stop on the inshore reefs for a jig to see if we can grab a table fish. Although we are a sportfishing operation we still like to see guests enjoy taking a few fish home for a feed if they wish. Cod, coral trout and sweetlip are the main reef species inshore and is a good option on a windy day tucked in closer to the Island.

Permit Paradise

I recently went for a rare fish myself recently up north and indulged in some Permit fishing.

We were lucky enough to find a few and had some shots resulting in 3 landed permit I also lost a golden and broke off a 20 kg plus flats GT all in one day, there was a bit going on to say the least!. The golden I’m not bothered by but that GT will haunt me for a while and I will be itching to have another shot. Good times and very rewarding.

Winter and Spring - Seasons Ahead

We have had a good winter season so far however I expect it to be a short one as water temps still hover around 21c.  This has seen less bait move closer to the island with yakka schools sitting mostly in the central bay.  Snapper have been fairly elusive in daylight hours so far with a few being caught, but we should see a few more numbers in July.  We have had some great queenfish sessions along with golden trevally.  Tunas have been deep and will continue to be a target deeper in the water column.

Black Marlin 2023

We are getting close to being sold out for the 2023 season so please be in touch to book your dates to target our run of Baby Black Marlin. So far the winter run offshore has seen the offshore boats get a good numbers which is looking promising for our inside run in a few months. Its our favourite time of year and the count down is on !!

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This Fishing Report was submitted on 7/20/2023 5:53:41 AM by Seamus and last updated on 7/23/2023 7:20:05 PM.


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