At the crossroads
  |  First Published: April 2011

We are at that time of year when change is upon us, not only in the seasons as the weather is cooling: we are also at the cross roads of our fishing season when too many options for anglers are a good thing.

The beauty of our part of the world is the diversity of fishing; the dilemma is which type of angling to choose.

For those who like the big fish, the game fishing is excellent. At this stage of the season we see species mix as marlin season drifts into the tuna season.

We are still seeing plenty of marlin, as a result of the exceptionally warm water this season, and are likely to continue so through April.

Areas like the Twelve Mile Reef out to the continental shelf through to The Kink have been most productive for the striped marlin, while wider out over the canyons some big blue marlin have been raised.

It has been an exceptional year for mahi mahi due to those warmer waters and anglers trolling a range of lures are encountering these fish regularly.

Mixed in are some school yellowfin tuna along with plenty of stripies plus an early season albacore or two.

Montague Island has fished well all season and now anglers can expect the good run of kingfish to increase in size.

Bonito have been prolific this season not only at Montague but all along the coast, making for good lure fishing from boats and the rocks.

Salmon are also a great option and are plentiful inshore and along the rocks and beaches. Mixed with them are nice tailor, the odd jewfish, gummy and small whaler sharks at night and in the shallower gutters plenty of bream, whiting and mullet.

Reef fishing has been a little slow recently although it is now improving as the weather cools.

Snapper are increasing in numbers with south of Goalen Head the more productive area.

Other species like morwong, ocean perch and pigfish becoming more prolific and there are plenty of sand flathead in 30m off most beaches with the odd gummy shark. Tiger flatties are plentiful all the way out to the Twelve Mile Reef.


The fishing in the estuaries is superb. The floods of February 2010 opened a lot of the lakes and estuaries and the fishing is now fantastic.

Wallaga Lake for the previous 10 years had hardly been worth a throw. It was stagnant as a result of rotting vegetation around the foreshores as the drought evaporated its waters.

Now there is a wide entrance to the ocean with clean saltwater regularly entering this system and anglers are reaping the rewards.

Any number of bream have entered the lake and baits like nippers or squirt worms account for many over the flats or around the headlands.

Flathead are also prolific while luderick, trevally, garfish, whiting, mullet, tailor and the occasional jewfish are all to be found.

The other estuaries in the area are also fishing well, so it all comes back to just too many options to choose from.

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