Hopes for big ’fin
  |  First Published: June 2011

What a cracking month June is for those targeting big yellowfin tuna! Fish of 80kg and more can be expected on the continental shelf and beyond.

In recent weeks there's been a handful of 60kg models captured, mainly on trolled skirted pushers and bibbed minnows, but I expect a lot more tuna from now on to fall victim to the cube/berley technique.

With the yellowfin there will be good albacore to 20kg – great fun between the tuna strikes and awesome on the plate.

A few solid mako sharks will be on offer also, especially with the water hovering around 18°. Every June some solid makos over 200kg are encountered.

Closer to shore, Montague Island is back to its best with some monster kingfish being caught. I've heard of plenty of 18kg-plus fish coming from the north-west corner and the Fowlhouse Reef, which is great to see.

These turbocharged brutes have been smashing the surface to foam, eating mainly sauries.

Those who have been catching them are pitching live slimy mackerel into the mayhem. This is exciting stuff, with locked drags and 50lb stand-up gear is a must or they'll get you to the bottom every time.

The seals are still nuisances but you have a good chance of getting these bigger fish past their noses. There are still plenty of 4kg to 6kg kings being caught on jigs and live bait, with stacks of solid bonito to 8kg as well.

I reckon some solid yellowfin will be patrolling these saurie schools, too. The best time to capture one should be late afternoon. I'd employ trolled live slimies but I’d expect to loose the odd one to those seals.

If you’re after snapper, it's all systems go. Most reefs are holding plenty of 2kg fish, which are great for the plate and readily available. Fresh squid and cuttlefish are top baits and drifting and anchored boats are both catching plenty.

Mixed in with the reds are morwong and some sizeable john dory. The snapper fishing should only get better over the next month or so.


The estuaries have been fishing OK without being red-hot.

Wagonga Inlet is full of big tailor and some solid salmon to 5kg popping up in small schools. Expect multiple hooks if throwing metal slugs or soft plastics and hang on as they pull like trains on light braid.

Below the pelagic schools, solid pinkie snapper have been caught along with some good flatties to 70cm. The flattie fishing will slow down this month as the water cools further but if you’re after them, head for the upper reaches.

Tuross is a different system now with the mouth being 150m wide and 2m deep at high tide. I have not seen it like this for 20 years but it is certainly doing the system the world of good.

The fishing is a little more difficult with the constant flow of water, especially upstream. In saying that, most anglers are doing OK on flathead, bream, trevally and salmon.

We have had some nice sessions on bream, mainly on hardbodies around the draining edges and oyster racks. This is good fun, especially when sight casting to fish averaging around 500g.


The rocks have been a little quiet, mainly due to the flat seas from the offshore winds. With not much wash close to the rocks the fish seemed to have gone off.

The guys spinning chrome slices have still been getting some bonito and salmon, but not in any numbers.

The fish that have been caught are of reasonable size, though. I have heard of a few bonnies pushing 5kg.

There have been some nice drummer and blackfish coming from Dalmeny Headland, north of Narooma on daybreak but you must berley to get the fish to bite.

When the swell picks up again, be prepared for some red-hot drummer action.

Other spots to try are the Golf course rocks and Mystery Bay headland, where you can find solid snapper in more suitable conditions.

On the beaches, the salmon are still chewing in good numbers. Most beaches are holding fish with Brou, just north of Narooma, pick of the bunch. A pilchard and a blue surf popper on a paternoster rig should get you some great results.

There's are still a few bream in the washes, get some live beach worms or pipis and you should be in business.

There's have been reports of mulloway up on Blackfellows Beach, enter from the Potato Point side because the Tuross Lake entrance is open and you can't get to the beach.

Fish the flooding tide towards dark with fresh salmon or tailor fillets. There's also chance of a gummy or school shark so it may be worth a look.

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