Wagonga Inlet comes to life this month with an array of species available on a variety of different techniques.
Whether you’re fishing with lures or bait from a boat or walking the flats, there’s certainly something for everyone.
November is the time to target monster flathead, with fish to 90cm regularly encountered. Most bigger fish will be found in the bays from the power lines upstream to the edge of the drop-off in the main basin.
Most anglers will target them on bigger soft plastics, but fishos using live poddy mullet will catch their fair share.
I’d be concentrating in water from 6-9m if using softies, with lures from 70-125mm on relatively heavy jigheads.
Remember, these breeding fish are important to future stocks so take a quick photo and let them go. You will catch plenty of school fish to 55cm if you’re after a feed.
Mulloway can also be expected, with fish to 14kg possible. Again, plastics will account for a lot of the fish; concentrate around whitebait or tailor schools.
The channels have fished quite well lately and will only get better as the water warms further. Whiting and bream are the main targets with live Bass yabbies and squirt worms the gun baits.
Anglers fishing offshore will be full of anticipation as last November produced some outstanding game fishing with yellowfin tuna to 60kg and countless albacore to 20kg caught.
The Continental Shelf and beyond was the place to fish although some good yellowfin were taken at the northern end of Montague Island.
Most fish were taken trolling bigger deep divers like Rapala X-Raps. Let’s hope this season starts the same.
At Montague Island the kingfish have been a little sporadic. A few locals are getting these hard-fighting brutes to 8kg on knife jigs around the northwestern corner of the island. The boys didn’t have any live bait but said if they did they would have bagged out.
This month usually sees kings and bonito on the surface with the southwestern side of the island a good starting point. When the current pushes south over this ledge, it produces a lot of eddies and holds bait.
Trolling smaller bibbed minnows and skirted lures has produced some top fish over the years.
Bottom-bouncers after a feed won’t have too many troubles. Flathead on the inshore grounds are prolific with the 30-40m line producing good results.
The beaches have been a little inconsistent. Bream and whiting make up the majority of anglers’ bags with live beach worms and pipis the preferred baits.
Salmon and tailor should also have a chew with tailor numbers and size getting better. Paternoster rigs with pilchards or blue bait should see the rod bend the right way.
Those after bigger prey like mulloway or gummy sharks should encounter a fish or two. Better beaches are Tilba, 1080, Narooma Main, Brou and Blackfellows near Tuross.
On the rocks the surface pelagic action should improve as we head further into the month with kingfish, striped tuna and frigate mackerel all possible. Chrome slice lures should produce early in the morning. Try Dalmeny headland, the golf course rocks in town or Mystery Bay.Reads: 1041