The lakes, rivers, beaches and the ocean are all set to fire this season and it’s all starting now.
All the heavy rain over the cooler months means a lot of the estuaries and lakes are still open to the ocean and fresh stocks of fish are entering regularly to feed on the vast food stocks within, especially the prolific prawns.
Not only do the prawns get the fish on the chew, they get us humans excited about the prospects of a good feed of these tasty morsels.
Areas surrounding Bermagui such as Corunna, Tilba and Wallaga lakes all seem to have good numbers, while Cuttagee Lake to the south should be the pick for prawning this season.
Because of all this prawn activity the fish are fired up, feeding and providing some exciting action.
Wallaga is one of the prime locations, with good stocks of flathead taking fresh bait and lures in the main lake.
Over the flats towards the mouth on a rising tide, bream, whiting, mullet and luderick are concentrating around the weed beds. A well-placed nipper, fresh prawn or worm will account for some very nice fish here.
There is a similar scenario occurring in the Bermagui River and in both places the upper regions, where the water is warmer, will also be highly productive.
Things are also hotting up on the beaches with plenty of salmon to keep most anglers entertained, try Camel Rock, Beares, Barragoot or Cuttagee.
You can also expect to find plenty of yellowfin bream, mullet and a few whiting, while at night tailor move in and there’s a chance of a gummy shark and the occasional jewfish.
Out around the rock platforms, especially near the Blue Pools and south towards Cuttagee, there are plenty of drummer and luderick taking cabbage weed and cunjevoi.
Most rocks have salmon, tailor, bream and trevally and for a little more excitement, catch red crabs for blue groper.
Just off these rocks from Bermagui down to the Three Brothers or even Goalen Head, reasonable numbers of kingfish have been taking trolled lures and, when the fish come to the surface, poppers.
Flathead have really fired up. Tiger flathead are the predominant catch at this time, especially on the grounds east and south of Bermi from 40m out.
If conditions are really good, try out around the Twelve Mile Reef where these flathead regularly exceed 70cm.
There are plenty of sand flathead closer to shore up off Tilba or out from Cuttagee.
The reefs are producing lots of morwong, with the blues seemingly preferring the inshore reefs while the jackass mowies will be found out as far as the Twelve Mile. Out there are also large ocean perch, the odd good snapper, big jackets and the occasional tasty Tassie trumpeter.
It is also time to experiment with the game fish. A few school yellowfin tuna are already appearing along with striped tuna and albacore and as the water warms an early season billfish could show. Where there are lots of small tuna the mako, blue, hammerhead and whaler sharks are not far behind.