Fishing report: Catching a black drummer, nothing has changed

I read an article on “How to catch drummer” written in 1952.

Absolutely nothing has changed since then. When they pull you pull harder.

Salamander champion: Terry Hunt with a handy Boat Harbour drummer.

Salamander champion: Terry Hunt with a handy Boat Harbour drummer.

Black drummer, or correctly Eastern Rock Blackfish, inhabit all our rock platforms from Birubi north to Broughton Island.

Thumpers up to an astonishing 5 kilograms have incredible power as they try to pull you into the sea.

For some unknown reason drummer love bread and they go crackers in a berley trail of muddied, bread-ladled wash.

Once the berley trail has been established, toss your 12 kilogram line just behind the white water. With a medium sized sinker your 2/0 hook will slowly sink. Get ready as the action is about to begin.

Best baits are cunjevoi, rock crabs, bread and prawns.

Don’t be surprised to hook a bream, groper or a much prized snapper.

Drummer will also bite on sea cabbage and green weed much to the annoyance of those trying to catch luderick.

Fishing off the rocks is a dodgy business which claims far too may tragedies.

My advice is to wear a safety vest which will keep you afloat if you topple in.

  • Got a pic or tip for Stinker? Email it to stinkerfishing@yahoo.com with your contact number and details of your catch.

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