Fishing is just starting

Local fishing guide Steve Arnett talks about the fishing scene

Catch of the week goes to Dick and Dean from Nanton

The weather may not be what it should be, but the fishing is starting to happen.

Anglers working the Trap Shack to Beachy Head on the weekend were reporting good chinook action. Fishing between the Trap and Aldrege Point to the east of Beachy Head in the usual summer depths 30 to 60 feet was working. It always seems the Trap Shack is where the first big ones land. You would think fishing would be better up at Sheringham Point way but it hasn’t tuned on yet. Just a matter of time before big chinooks will be hitting the local docks.

The slot size limit is still in effect Sheringham east. Wild chinook between 45cm and 67 cm can be taken, anything bigger must be released. Fish over 67 cm must be hatchery which is identifiable by the missing adipose fin.

Although it’s a bit of a let down when one has to release a beauty fish, but at this time of year there is an abundance of hatchery chinooks around.

New regs for the summer should be out shortly and hopefully then we might be able to take a wild chinook of size.

Halibut fishing continued to be good with Ocean Dreams Charters having a good weekend with limit catches of halibut up to 100 pounds. Until next time.

Keep your rod tip up!

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