The fishing conditions we dream about all winter have finally arrived, as the warm currents have moved down the east coast and into our area of Bass Straight turning the ocean and estuary into a fishing paradise.
The reasons for the transformation is moving along with the warm water are huge schools of baitfish and with them are the pelagic fish that feed on them. The fish get bigger and bigger and the area is fast becoming a Mecca for game fishing and anglers who want lots of action.
Offshore on and around Marlo reef the kingfish are on patrol giving anglers plenty of action. Reports have been coming of captures of kings well over a metre being taken on live baits. Other anglers reported similar captures on jigs and trolling lures. Many anglers reported having plenty of fun with some good captures and hook ups using big poppers.
Snook are also smashing all kinds of lures giving anglers plenty of action.
This season anglers have been getting good-size snapper on the reef using squid, pilchards and live baits. Plenty of gummy sharks have been taken close in shore along Corringle Beach and down past the gas pipeline. Offshore from Cape Conran is also firing. Anglers have reported seeing kings chasing live baits on the surface resulting in some good captures using live bait under a balloon or casting poppers. One angler captured four, with the biggest over a metre in length.
Other reports of good size mako shark giving anglers plenty of action on live bait and fresh salmon fillets. For the anglers who prefer to baitfish there are plenty of flathead, gurnard, pinkie snapper, morwong, squid, barracouta and gummy shark on the chew. This year it is gummies galore and most anglers have reported getting their bag of two or at least a couple per boat.
The surf beaches are also fishing well, big schools of salmon and tailor can be found patrolling along the beaches giving anglers plenty of action using bluebait, whitebait, and squid always accompanied with a popper. Several reports have come in of anglers having great results spinning with silver lures.
The estuary this time of year is fishing at its best, with prawns running lots of fish have entered the estuary to join in on the feast. Anglers are catching plenty of bream, luderick, mullet, estuary perch, trevally, salmon and tailor.