Warmth just around the corner
  |  First Published: September 2012

It’s still quite cold here, but at least we know the warmer days are coming. You won’t find too many locals who are not looking forward to the arrival of Spring.

The southern bluefin tuna were here and gone in the blink of an eye and according to those out there chasing them, there was a lot of water between them.

There were plenty of albacore being caught around the same time with some good-sized fish among them. They might be one of the smaller tuna species but what they lack in size they make up for in eating quality. They are known as the chicken of the ocean, and for good reason.

Another notable catch around the same time was an 87kg broadbill. Keen local game fishers have been spending the night out on the shelf over the full moon and it’s great to see the guys get a reward for their efforts.

Closer to shore the kingfish have gone quiet and won’t fire up until the water warms.

Anglers fishing for a feed on the inshore reefs have been catching snapper, leatherjacket and morwong with some good flathead out around the Pinnacles and down the coast in Disaster Bay.

Along the beaches and around the headlands salmon are in plague numbers, with some quality tailor also caught.

The water in all the local estuaries has cleaned up with some decent yellowfin bream caught near the entrance area. These fish can be a real challenge to catch and those fishing with bait are having the most success on a rising tide at dawn or dusk.

The bream are biting well during the first hour after dark.

Further into the estuary, black bream are feeding up in preparation for spawning.

Some quality silver trevally are being caught, and again the incoming tide has produced best.

The start of Spring can provide some good fishing for luderick, with those using green weed under a float catching some great fish.

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