September 2010 Fishing Report

Mack Attack Madness!

October already!  Where has this year gone?

It seems like only yesterday that we were catching snapper, and now the water is warming and were are gearing up for the tropical species to start chewing their heads off.

It’s been a mad month of mackerel mayhem offshore with some calamitous catches being recorded, there’s been some top bottom bashing action with big reds biting strongly, and anglers have been getting their arms stretched to the limit by some barnstorming Queenfish and Trevally.

All in all folks, the fishing has been full on!

Probably the best catches have included red hot mack attacks.  Reefari has been trolling up a storm with one charter finding themselves in the thick of it to the point where they literally had to stop and find something else to target.

Spanish MackerelSpanish and shark mackerel have been the most common with strong catches on every charter, unfortunately that means my lures replacement orders have been through the roof, but, that just means you’re in the thick of it, right?

One lure that has been good to us is the River2Sea deep-diving Downsider – a newer lure out that is getting down to where the mack schools are holding.

On that same note, jigging is working well with knife jigs finding the macks once they dive deep and a fast retrieve is producing some smashing hits and gut-punishing strikes.  Now that’s good fun!  As yet most of the mackerel we are getting have been offshore; probably due to the bait schools remaining out wide.  Given some more northerly winds and a bit of luck though, and we should see them come into the range of the smaller boats.

Giant TrevallyWhile we are mentioning pelagics, there have been some herculean battles taking place.  Glen Montgomery got a 9 kilo queenfish trolling the St Bees/Keswick Channel and after a taxing battle, he released it to fight another day.

Likewise, Graham Brake found a patch of bait in deep water and after jigging up several small 3kg-plus giant trevally, he put a Halco Crazy Deep lure out and trolled over the school.

Graham reports that as he ran over the school, which was 60 feet down, a 25kg-plus GT rose from the depths and gave him an almighty battle before being landed, photographed and released.  These fish are awesome fun to catch, but do the right thing and release them, as the bigger they get, the poorer they are to eat.

In the deep water scene, our gun Reefari skipper Sally has reported a slowing of action around the reefs, but an influx of big reds.  She reports that the guys willing to drop big baits are being rewarded and who isn’t happy with a trophy red emperor?

Other notable catches include some solid nannygai, with a seven kilo model falling to Han Ditzel aboard our special Dowden’s Pumping charter.

Coral TroutWhile other species, like the coral trout, have been quiet, it is only a matter of time before they come back on the chew.  Usually we do find that the change of seasons slows down the fishing for a week or so until the temperature stabilizes and then it’s on for young and old alike!  Bring on the big coral trout!

In other news, as I write, we are gearing up for our annual mother-shipping adventure to the outer reef.

As you read this, the Reefari crew, myself and a group of keen fishos will be either aboard the 80 foot mothership relaxing, or more likely, battling titanic GTs, dropping for monster reefies, or just exploring the untouched blue ocean that is the outer reef.

It’s a top week away and with the Raptor II trimmed out and hitting 34knots thanks to its new 300hp Suzuki’s, we won’t be going softly.  No readers, this will be serious adventure fishing and is definitely not for the faint hearted.  Keep your eyes peeled, because hopefully next month we’ll be bringing you a full wrap up!