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Humpback-Mt-WarningMack tuna, long-tail and even some yellowfin tuna have been cruising the inshore reefs taking live baits drifted across the surface.

The macks have been around the 6–7kg mark, and the longtail and yellowfin have been up to 18kg; so make sure your gear is good enough to handle their blistering runs!

Mulloway have also been on the bite after dark, yet the opportunistic sharks have been getting their fair share of these mid battle. Large tailor are to be found in beach gutters and from the rocks after dark, with the most productive baits being tuna fillets.

Big winter bream are also starting to show up on the beaches as well as in the river.

Jake-(Mahi-Mahi)
Jake and a Mahi Mahi

The westerly winds have really settled down the waters for the rock fishermen, allowing them to fish with a relative degree of safety.

Hot spots including the Stepping Stones, The Chair and the Matterhorn have all been fishing well over the last two weeks.

Further offshore, the kings are really starting to show up now, and their size will increase as the weather cools down.

If you have a kingfish on the line make sure to keep an eye out to see if it has any friends following it. If you can see other kings there, keep your hooked fish in the water and pitch an un-weighted live bait out to the followers.

DolphinsWe added another three fish to our catch this week by doing this, and it truly is an awesome sight to watch a kingfish take a live bait on the surface right next to the boat.

The mighty Mahi-Mahi are still kicking around in numbers, and are of a good size, putting up exceptional fights on light tackle.

The resident dolphins have been having a ball cruising and playing with the humpback whales heading north.

Natalie with a Kingfish
Natalie with a Kingfish

At the moment the majority of the whales out a few miles out on the ‘highway’. (They should all start to come in a bit closer within the next month.)

There are so many whales out there at the moment that you are guaranteed to see one if you are out on a boat; however, the Cape Byron Lighthouse is the next best viewing option for landlubbers.

Winter brings greater stability to the weather in Byron Bay, and delivers the most comfortable fishing days, so dust off that rod that’s been sitting in the corner of the garage and get out among it!

Doug Benjamin

Byron Bay Charters

0400 946 066

 

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