Picture perfect estuary conditions
  |  First Published: November 2010

With some great rain over the last few months the rivers and estuaries look good for the upcoming season and now the water is warming conditions are perfect for chasing some big fishy critters.

On the Shoalhaven River we should start to see some good bass in the upper reaches. This is the perfect time to drag the fly rod out of the cupboard and have some fun on the surface.

Bass love a good surface bite just on sunrise and sunset; it’s almost guaranteed in the warmer months if you get your lure close to a slag or any structure you will get a bite.

Down around the lower end of the river we should start to see the little soupy jewfish turn up in the canal and at the mouth.

The flathead and bream will be there as well around the jetties.

This time of year is also a good time for blue swimmer crabs. I try to set a couple of pots in when I fish the river, it’s always a pleasant surprise at the end of the day if you can take a feed of crabs home as well as a feed of fish.

Jervis Bay is always a great place to visit whether you’re just out playing on the beach with the kids or out fishing with a place so pristine it’s always a good day out.

It’s fishing quiet well at the moment and it should get better as it gets closer to Christmas.

There has been a good snapper bite over the past few weeks, but not in any spot in particular, if you find a good drop-off on your sounder or patches of bait on the bottom the fish have been there.

The squid are still there around and it might take a little bit of time to find them, but well worth the effort when you do.

Down at St Georges Basin the big flathead have turned up. It’s always fun to catch these big girls but just as rewarding to see them swim away.

I know it’s not illegal to kill these big fish, but I think it should be. Why kill a 70cm plus breading fish that is old and tough when you could just take a photo and let her go?

I have also seen good numbers of plate size snapper in the basin and bream in the deeper holes and drop off. The tailor have also been lurking and steeling my twenty dollar blades.

Lake Conjola should start to fire up with some good size flathead and bream in the lake and plenty of tailor to keep you on your toes.

A little bird told me there have been some little snapper around as well, which is something to look forward to over the next month.

Down around the Ulladulla/Mollymook the fishing has been good with jewfish off the breaches on plastics and snapper off the rocks; plenty of people coming up with good catches.

Burrill Lake is still closed but with any luck we may see it open for Christmas.

Remember if you plan on fishing over the next few months there are new life jacket laws in place in NSW, so check with your local waterways or tackle shop for details.

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