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April 13, 2021

Off The Hook – great days for fisher folk

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There is plenty of fish about and the beautiful weather means fisher folk are having a ball.

The local reef has been holding a great variety of bait fish, with the larger specimens found further north.

The prevalence of these bait fish has seen a few sneaky mackerel hanging around even though they should have headed towards warmer waters by now.

The temperature in close has been 21 degrees and hoards of small tuna have been harassing baitfish on the surface, to the point where you can see them free-jumping out of the water.

Jesse-Gribben-(Snapper)Out wide (and thanks to beautiful sea conditions) flame tails, bar cod and blue-eye trevalla have been brought home from the 90-fathom line east. Midway out, some big snapper are starting to turn up now along with good numbers of pearl perch.

Mahi-mahi are still to be found east of the cape and they have been growing in size rapidly with many specimens taken at the 1.2m mark. In among all of this the humpback whales have been seen in good numbers on the migratory path north.

In the river the flathead seem to have gone a little quiet, yet the bream have been feeding voraciously.

The beaches have been producing dart, tailor, bream and tarwhine with some of the better results coming from beneath the white water where the sandbanks meet the gutters.

The mouth of the Brunswick River has been consistently delivering quality mulloway on beach worms and live mullet, particularly on the northern side of the north wall.

Doug Benjamin, Byron Bay Charters – 0400 946 066.


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