Herald Fishing: Rock and surf scene buzzing with summer fish

Dean Patrick Kelly with a rubberlip caught off Shelly Beach recently.

MOTHER nature is starting to become more stable with the north-easterly winds and the sea kind of behaving itself, so the time for targeting summer species on the boat and from the side has come.

The rock and surf scene has been buzzing with the summer fish.

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All that is being spoken about is the arrival of the sandies, diamonds or the raggies.

The south has been (as always) a combination of edibles and inedibles.

Most of this area has produced the smaller rockfish such as stone bream and bronze bream.

Rock cod, mainly cat face, have also made their presence felt with angler reporting great fights on their light bream rods when a feisty catface decided to snack on their delicate prawn bait.

Fishing a double hook trace is always a good choice in these situations but it does up the chances of getting stuck, so weigh up your options.

If you want to target both rock cod and bream, add a larger bait to your bottom hook (fleshy or chokka based) and your usual prawn bait to the top hook.

If bream are your sole target, use two small hooks (size 1 or 1/0) with either two prawn baits or a prawn bait on top and a chokka blob bait on the bottom.

Kob still on the bite. Mainly feeding on live bait and lures such as paddle tails and rapalas.

Reports of some decent bass being caught and released.

Tight lines and screaming reels.

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