While the fishing here in Melbourne is starting to warm up, some lucky anglers have been holidaying in warmer climates with hot fishing action. A popular holidaying location with excellent fishing is the South-East Asian region around Malaysia. Holidaying in Kuala Rompin last week customer Mark managed to sneak in some fishing and get out on a charter in search of sailfish and other pelagics. Mark took his favourite multi piece Nitro snapper rod and managed to catch all his fish on it. 


During the trip Mark caught 4 sailfish to 55kg, some nice cobia and a bull shark estimated around 60kg all on the same rod. A good quality rod is able to be used in a multitude of scenarios and makes your fishing more enjoyable also. Holidaying in the same area was customer Phil. Phil and Mark must've only just missed each other, as Phil also fished out from Rompin. Phil managed a heap of nice sailfish to around 40kg. Phil and crew caught most of their sailfish trolling small tuna sized skirts with stinger hooks.

 

 

Just prior to Easter, the South coast of NSW experienced a hot marlin bite from Eden all the way through to just South of Sydney. Customers Anton and Justin fished the Alliance tag and release tournament at Bermagui recently - where the boys tagged some solid striped marlin. Justin caught his first marlin on a lumo Topgun skirt and 15kg. Customer Ben also fished out from Bermagui recently to land a nice striped marlin of around 80kg on a live slimey mackerel.

A bit further away customer Peter was fishing offshore from Yamba in far Northern NSW when he landed this nice cobia of around 8kg. Peter caught the fish on an unweighted pilchard on wire trace intended for mackerel, and fought it for 30min before it gave up. Customer Kevin from the Noble Park Angling Club sent in a picture of a nice Golden trevally he caught when was in Broome last. Kevin caught the 16kg fish on squid on a local charter.

A little closer to home, the Eastern estuaries are fishing well at the moment. Customers Terry and Peter recently fished around Merimbula with baits and lures. Tailor to 4lb were chopping at lures of all sorts in Merimbula lake, along with some nice silver trevally. Peter caught this thumping yellowfin bream in the lake also on a small piece of striped tuna fished around the weedbeds. Customer Andrew was down at Lakes Entrance over the Easter break and he took some time to fish the local lakes and also chase prawns as well. Andrew and a mate had a blast catching prawns, and between them they managed about 8kg of quality prawns, along with some sand crabs.

 

If Melbourne winter's don't quite do it for you in terms of both weather and fishing, the Northern coastline of NSW is where you should escape to this time of the year. The section of coastline from Coffs Harbour right up to Tweed Heads has some brilliant fishing to be had in the estuaries and rivers, as well as along the beaches and offshore too. The best part about this section the coast is that you can quite easily catch both Northern and Southern species of fish at the same time!

Staff member Chris is spending some time just south of Ballina in a town called Yamba where he's wasted no time in getting out offshore to try and track a few fish down. 

Just earlier in the week he fished with a couple of mates out wide in 75m of water around a sunken wreck to target snapper, mulloway and cobia. Using freshly caught mullet Chris and his mates got onto a good patch of school mulloway to 6kg and snapper to 3kg. Shimano Lucanus jigs hovering above the bottom accounted for a few nice fish as well, especially when spiced up with a bit of scent or a strip of bait.

Over in another boat Peter, one of Chris' other mates nailed a nice cobia using a live yakka. The yakka went out and lasted no more than 3 minutes until it got smashed!