Warmer weather means hotter fishing
  |  First Published: November 2011

With the arrival of daylight saving and the warmer weather now here, fishing conditions are improving everyday.

Anglers are now able to fish their favourite spots along the rivers, up into the lakes and throughout the whole estuary.

With the change of season it is the trigger for different fish species to begin their spawning run and infiltrate the areas they prefer for this event. Already schools of bream are arriving in big numbers in participation for this event.

With the schools of bream arriving schools of mullet have arrived with them, and are also massing for this event. With the arrival of just two species it has assured great fishing now and time to come, and with more species arriving the fishing will get even better.

It is also the time of year for prawns to make an appearance, although it will be another couple of months for them to grow into eaters, it won’t be long until there are bait size. With the prawn about so will the flathead be lying in ambush along the sand flats below the Marlo Jetty.

The surf beaches have been good all winter with captures of Australian salmon, tailor, mullet and trevally. Now the weather has warmed up gummy shark will start to appear in close to shore, and then anglers will be out in force fishing late afternoon in to the night trying to get their bag limit of two per head. When the water warms up anglers also manage to bag elephant fish and occasionally a yellowtail kingfish using many different baits.

When the water warms offshore, huge schools of baitfish arrive and with them the pelagic predators are following, and then the whole ocean seems to erupt into an eating frenzy.

Striped tuna, salmon, barracouta, pike, many different types of shark including mako are in on the frenzy. But the best of all as far as I am concerned will be the arrival of schools of yellowtail kingfish that have been frequenting our part of Bass Strait over the last few years, making our area a premium fishing destination.

In the meantime anglers will have to be satisfied with catching plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, leatherjacket, morwong, pinkie snapper and a few gummy sharks.

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