Excellent weather over the past month is a great sign for an awesome season ahead.
The local estuaries have really cleaned up after the Winter rains with beautiful clear water right along the coast. All the rivers and creeks are flowing, which is great to see considering how recently this whole area was in drought.
Game fishing is all over for another season, with the keen anglers using the coming months ahead to maintain and prepare their boats and gear for the season ahead.
Closer to shore the kingfish have moved on and they probably won’t be seen until closer to Christmas when the water warms.
Some good fishing has been experienced on the inshore reefs for snapper, morwong and leatherjackets. The bonus catches of sand and tiger flathead and a few good gummy sharks are making it well worth getting out on the briny.
Like much of the South Coast, we have experienced big schools of salmon moving along the beaches. You can almost guarantee a fish or two if you’re wandering the beach tossing lures or just fishing with bait and waiting for the fish to come to you.
The rains have given the estuaries a good flush and the system has benefited from the great tidal flow pushing clean ocean water in and out.
We are getting enough rain to keep all the smaller creeks flowing. This is great for the bass because it allows them to move easily from their freshwater haunts down to the saltwater for spawning.
Black bream are in the upper reaches of the estuaries, where they are being caught on live nippers and worms. Lure anglers have been getting a few on soft plastics rigged on light jigheads, with fish also taking hardbody lures.
Towards the entrance blackfish and silver trevally are being caught along with a few tailor to 1.5kg. The clear water is making the fishing tough with best results in low light periods or when there is a bit of wind ruffling up the surface.
Yellowfin bream are also being caught in the same area.Reads: 460