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Fishing in fantastic form
  |  First Published: December 2012



2013 has kicked in and, after the so-called end of the world, we can all relax and stay calm knowing that we can still keep fishing.

There is a tonne of good news as the fishing is well and truly in good form. Consistent catches of species such as golden snapper, mangrove jack and some stonker king threadfin salmon have been keeping anglers entertained.

Inshore

Anglers that have been dropping a line in the creeks have not been disappointed with a plethora of fish species coming to the table, which gives us plenty of reasons to still fish the creeks while the barra season closure is in place.

Using live bait has produced some great results on the king threadfin salmon and targeting areas such as creek mouths and junctions with deeper holes have been effective.

Just about everyone now has some sort of soft plastic in their tackle box and they are another great method if you want to catch a decent salmon. Making sure the lure gets to the bottom is critical and imparting a jigging action will certainly see more strikes gained.

January is where we start to see some significant rainfall and this will affect the creeks and estuaries in their fishing. The rain can create some excellent opportunities with smaller creeks flushing out into the main rivers making ideal hunting spots for predatory fish.

Offshore

If the weather is good in January then it is time to head out offshore and to the islands.

Warm water temps can produce some intense fishing with previous years turning up some great GT caught from using top water lures. Keep your eyes peeled for scared schools of bait and cast towards them in the hope of hooking up.

GT strikes will generally come within the first few good casts and they are explosive especially when a fish of 15-20kg hits your lure with the intention of not giving it back! Having good quality gear right from the split rings on your lure to the spin reel on your rod is essential as these are one fish that will surely find any weaknesses. Fishing a tight drag and using strong terminal tackle will inevitably result in less fish lost.

Bottom fishing is also a big turn on with some absolute cracker red emperor landed throughout this time of year. Big red emperor are suckers for big succulent baits and using fresh bait that is caught on the day will yield great results.

I went out red emperor fishing with a mate recently and we used a gang hook rig for bait fishing and placed the hooks along a large slab with great success. The hook ups are always secure and the strike rate has been excellent, it sure has converted us.

It just shows why fishing is so addictive because you are always learning new things. So for January get out there and wet a line, try something new and you might just strike gold!

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