Jim’s Bait and Tackle Fishing Report 24/05/21

Saturday 5th June, 2021
Craig Edmonds

There is no denying that the last two weeks for fishing have been some what of a sad but hopeful tale.

There still remains that uncertainty that you’re going to catch anything at all every time you step out but with the weather we have been having, it has almost been worth it!

Not all was completely lost this week, as I stated already the weather this week has been good, very fishable and consistently good for more than one day in a row (I know, super rare). Does that mean heaps of fish got caught?

Yes and no. I obviously get that vast number of people coming through the door giving me reports almost daily over Summer. As we enter the cooler months, the number of people coming through the door and those fishing does begin to dwindle. Yet still the expectation is when you have a tackle store you know everything, I don’t want to disappoint anyone, but we don’t have the fish on the books, we don’t slip them some notes under the table, they don’t tell us where they are.

We rely absolutely on our customers, if you asked our fishing gear the last time, we used it, it would tell you that it has forgotten what water is. The good days to fish we are here at the shop, helping other fish, so unfortunately, if we do not have reports for you when you call/ come in it doesn’t mean that there is no fish out there it just means that there isn’t anyone telling us.

Lucky for you guys we have had some people through the door this week, there have been people out fishing and they have been out their catching fish!


The whiting has really been the most predominate species of the last month, which has slightly changed over the last week. Again those that have been doing okay have been getting up earlier in the morning and chasing them as the sun rises, typical to the form you would traditionally use in Summer.  There isn’t that one magic spot for them as of late, land based off of the Rhyll jetty and back beach at Cape Woolamai have been the hotspots.


Everything, from everywhere.


Still very quiet! There has been a few nice 3kg ones coming from Anzac’s beach, but these are the product of a lot of hours sitting in the wind and the extremely large swells we are continuing to have. Kilcunda’s Cemetery beach has been crystal clear water just a bit weedy still, a few Trevally but that’s the extent.


Don’t put away that Snapper gear they seem to still be hungry! No, I am not talking about large Pinkies but in fact actual Snapper, a lot of 70cm, a few 7kgs again this week and a large number of 3-4kg ones to go. Most of these are coming from the up the top of the bay just past the red pole, with the 7kg a by catch from down in Cleeland Bight.


Whilst the Gummy sharks are starting to becoming more dominant, its hard to look past the size of the School sharks that are being caught. Plenty from inside the bay towards Elizabeth but majority of the bigger ones coming from outside in the Strait. Of those offshore Schoolies the biggest report was 18kg.

It seems our Tuna friends have decided to make our waters their permanent home, not a great number of sightings have transitioned into actual catches, but they are still there. The last report I did, I stated that the big bait balls that were keeping them here had subsided, but there back. The ocean is currently sitting at around 15 degrees the whales are making their way back here and the ocean is absolutely alive with fish. There have been a few catches of Tuna but all focused towards Inverloch.

Don’t forget, no report is too small. You can always come in, call us, send us a message on Facebook.

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