Winter so far has been an absolute cracker, cool nights have flowed into beautiful warm days and while there has been a few patches of strong wind, for the most part, sea conditions have been quite favorable.
Water colour throughout winter is one of the major factors dictating the quality of the fishing offshore and while there has been some top pelagic fishing available, that slight tinge of milky green just won’t go away.
Out wide this water has kept the billfish pretty quiet so far and the large schools of Spanish mackerel haven’t turned up yet, but it is only early days and I would expect both of these fisheries to start firing as we move through August.
Closer inshore, the fishing has been diverse and at times exceptional. Putting time in on the closer shallow reefs and bait schools of Albatross Bay has really been the way to go this year with the quality and size of the fish as good as I can remember. Big queenfish and trevally have been firing up on the hapless baitfish schools often pushing them into water only a few feet deep, in fact it’s been in that 10-20ft of water that has seen the best fishing. These bait schools also help to fire up other species in the area.