Waiting for tuna
  |  First Published: June 2011

As we head into winter there is plenty of anticipation among the game fishers: Will the yellowfin tuna season be good and will the southern bluefin tuna turn up?

At present the game fishing has been slow with a few striped marlin, but the patch of water holding these fish is a long way to the north.

As with the rest of the towns on the South Coast, the tourists have up and gone, leaving the fishing to the locals.

Kingfish, and plenty of them, have been caught from Green Cape right through to North Head. As usual with kings, some days they will eat anything tossed at them and other days they are nearly impossible to tempt.

Big schools of baitfish are spread right along the coast, masking it easy for anglers to get fresh bait, and it keeps well in the fridge for future trips.

Snapper are being caught and in coming months we should see some good fishing in close around the rocky headlands.

Flathead are still on the chew and with the water around 20ºc they will stay on the bite only until the water cools right down.

Leatherjackets and morwong are also being caught along the inshore reefs.

The beaches have been good for salmon with plenty of fish travelling along the coast.

Tailor have been good and the big fish tend to turn up around now, but whether you are lucky enough to land one of the razor gang is another story.

There have been a few rumours of some big jewfish caught in the area but to find out any detail from this secretive bunch is not easy.

After the recent rains the water is starting to clear up in the estuaries, which should provide some good fishing over the winter.

The rains have been a big benefit to the rivers, particularly the Kiah River with its gorge and sharp bends allowing the water to scour out some great pools that will provide great fishing over coming years.

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