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Prepare for fun
  |  First Published: October 2010



With another game season gone, now is the time to make sure the maintenance is done in preparation for the months to come.

There is nothing worse than the fishing firing when the boat isn’t, so making the most of quiet times ensures you are ready to get into the action as soon as it arrives.

Fishing usually starts to hot up when the current begins heading south, bringing back the warm water the fish are in.

Yellowfin tuna are usually the first fish to turn up, then striped marlin appear and yellowtail kingfish show up on the inshore reefs.

Over the past month we have seen some good fishing for snapper with fish to 2kg common and a big fish being around 4kg. Soft plastics have been working but fishing at anchor in close with a berley trail is a sure-fire way of getting action.

Sand and tiger flathead are being caught by those out there chasing a feed. On the right day it’s not hard to get a feed of these tasty morsels but at this time of year they can be on one day and right off the next.

When this happens the problems isn’t that they have left the area where you last caught them, but rather it’s just that they won’t bite.

Luckily, the leatherjackets have moved on to drive someone else crazy as they chew sinkers, knots and hooks and make fishing offshore near impossible.

The beaches have still been good for salmon and until the water warms up, they will be the only option.

RIVERS FLOWING

With the warmer water will come bream and whiting.

The rivers are still flowing and this allows the bass to move from their annual spawning run and helps keep the estuary fishing on the go.

Some good fishing has been had at Wonboyn Lake, with some good bream caught around the oyster racks and in the river around the rock bars and among the snags.

The flathead have been quiet but they will fire up over coming moths.

Good-sized blackfish have been caught over the cooler months with the rocky points towards to entrance good to fish. The art of blackfishing with float and weed is a real challenge and a relaxing way for catch a great eating fish.

Bleed your blackfish and remove the black lining inside the gut cavity and serve them crumbed and fried for the best eating.

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