Summer is in full swing
  |  First Published: March 2012

The fishing gods have smiled upon us, making it easy to forget the winter months, and with summer in full swing, the warm conditions have produced ideal fishing conditions.

Offshore big schools of slimy mackerel and striped tuna are breaking the surface in every direction; salmon are also breaking the surface making huge rippling effect as the schools move about feeding.

With that kind of action it is no wonder mako shark have arrived in big numbers attracted to all those lollies. Several good captures and several near-captures and releases have been reported as anglers report the excitement of the capture and release of the shark to big to handle.

With all the baitfish around plenty of other predators are also here hunting. Schools of yellowtail kingfish have been here for some time, but it is only now that they are hunting with more ferocity, many reports of anglers getting their bag of five in a very short time.

Anglers have reported that the kings range in different size schools from small rats the next jump seems to be kings over 65cm up to and over 100cm. The catch method also varies; local fly fishers Andrew Martin has reported getting only rats of fly so far this year, but thinks he will land a kingfish over a 100cm this season.

Kings up to 65cm taken on knife jigs, the next trolling deep diving lures taking kings 65cm and over 100cm, but the best method to get the big kings is to use live bait either under a balloon or trolling a live bait. Slimies are also lollies to kings, irresistible. Frequent visitors to the area, Shane Southern and crew landed their boat limit of kingfish, a 60kg mako and a big gummy shark

With all the game fish about we forget the excellent fishing offshore from Cape Conran. Plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, pinkie snapper, morwong, barracouta, leatherjacket and shark are all on the chew. With big numbers of squid offshore anglers have been restocking with fresh calamari for the table, and freezing their heads for bait, while keeping some for fresh bait.

The surf beaches are also firing with plenty of salmon and tailor taking lures; anglers are having a ball casting all types of silver lures on light gear. The bait anglers are also getting plenty of action using bluebait, squid, and pilchards in conjunction with poppers. Anglers have been taking advantage of the fine weather, fishing in the late afternoon for gummy shark, using squid legs and fresh salmon or tailor fillets.

The whole of the Snowy and Brodribb river estuaries are fired up; prawns are running and can be taken along the foreshore at Marlo.

With plenty of prawns about it stands to reason there are plenty of fish, bream, luderick, estuary perch, mullet, trevally salmon and tailor are all on the chew.

Shane Southern and gummy shark taken mongst a mixed bag of mako and yellowtail kingfish.

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