Salmon and bream time
  |  First Published: July 2012

This is the time of year when keen anglers turn up to take advantage of the fishing available in the area.

The offshore water remained quite warm despite the cold air temperatures but it will not be long before the cold water further to the south will arrive and slow down the offshore fishing for another year.

Surf fishing for salmon has been excellent with all the local beaches and headlands providing plenty of action for anglers using bait and lures. Some massive salmon to 4kg have been taken with the average fish around 1.5kg.

Some great tailor have been caught alongside the salmon, with these angry beast nudging a kilo on average. Be aware though that at this time of year, big rogue tailor can appear at any time and make your day.

The local estuaries are starting to slow down but a few flathead are still being taken on all the popular lures and plastics.

Some good-sized yellowfin bream are still about with anglers fishing the rising tide with fresh bait such as beachworms catching the best fish.

But the cooler weather also brings on species such as silver trevally, tailor and salmon. The salmon are usually found around the entrances to the rivers but don’t be surprised to find them upstream when you are chasing bream and estuary perch.

Fishing for black bream over winter is good, and so too is the luderick action.

All the local rivers are still flowing well after the rains and that is great news for the bass, which will have easier access to their spawning sites.


Anglers fishing the inshore reefs are doing well on morwong and snapper, while some good-sized sand flathead and tiger flathead help to bulk out the catch bags. The best fishing has been around Green Cape and down into Disaster Bay.

After a great kingfish season when we saw some awesome fish over the magic metre mark landed, things have slowed down dramatically. We all have our fingers crossed for a similarly good season next year.

Out wider, yellowfin tuna, striped tuna, albacore and sharks have been the highlights with the continental shelf providing the best action.

With any luck the southern bluefin tuna will have arrived by July for their annual appearance. You really need to be on the ball with the bluefin as an ‘appearance’ is really all they make and if you miss the two to four weeks when they are here, you’ve missed out until next year.

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