With the water now at its warmest for the summer, good catches of kingfish, flathead and striped marlin have been keeping anglers keen. All aspects of fishing are being catered for, from game to estuary and inshore reef fishing.
Those fishing the inshore reefs for kingfish have enjoyed some great action. At Mowarry Point, kingies have been particularly abundant but, as usual, they can be on one day and shut down the next. Good fish have been caught on soft plastics and metal jigs with fish around 7kg not uncommon. Too many boats fishing the area tend to make the fish hard to catch, so it can pay to stick it out until some of the boats leave.
Those fishing the reefs for snapper have done well on smaller fish of around 1kg, with the odd bigger fish caught. Lately the wind has been howling from the northeast, so it pays to get out early before the ocean really makes things uncomfortable.
Fishing around the Continental Shelf has been good and will only improve over the coming months. Some good striped marlin are about, with fish caught on trolled lures and plenty more sighted. Striped tuna have also been caught on trolled lures.
Fishing in the estuaries has been good, with flathead the main fare. With soft plastics all the rage, there is a lot of pressure being placed on the stock.
To stop your fishing from becoming boring it can pay to look at some of the other summer options such as whiting, yellowfin bream and bass. These fish offer a real challenge and bring about a sense of achievement when one is successfully landed.
Consistent rain over past months has kept the rivers flowing, and plenty of hot, humid days have made for some excellent conditions for bass fishing. Working soft plastics and spinnerbaits through the day has caught quite a few fish, but surface lures around dawn, dusk and into the night has been the most successful method.
This technique really takes the challenge out of bass fishing because a bass will eat a lure cast into the centre of the pool and blooped back across the surface. It is definitely exciting when you get a strike, and it is the way to get that big fish that lives in the centre of the pool.
The beaches have been good for yellowfin bream and sand whiting. Beach worms have been a good choice of bait. The best fishing is on a rising tide and remember, don’t cast too far because the fish are often right at your feet.Reads: 541