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Marlin, tuna the drawcards
  |  First Published: April 2013



Not a lot of rain has fallen on the Far South Coast, leaving the rivers flowing very slowly and extremely clear.

Plenty of bigger boats have been heading out wide, chasing striped marlin and striped tuna.

The yellowfin tuna have been quiet but things should pick up over the next few months as the water starts to cool down.

Closer to shore, kingfish have been caught from South Head down to Green Cape, but the action hasn’t been as good as over the past few years. I’m hoping things pick up before the season is over.

Flathead, both tigers and sandies, have been in good numbers and sizes, keeping the fillet-hunters happy.

With 21° water about, plenty of baitfish are moving along the coast and these should keep the predatory fish on the bite.

Fishing along the beaches has been good, with the recent big swells creating some great gutters and stirring up the food. This has been great for the sand whiting and the yellowfin bream, with great action on the rising tide at dawn and dusk. Salmon will improve once the water starts to cool down.

ESTUARY

In the estuaries, big dusky flathead are still being caught with soft plastics accounting for plenty of fish.

Around the mouths of the rivers, whiting and bream are being taken on a rising tide with prawns the best bait.

There has been good prawning around the dark periods for those willing to put in the effort. Remember, though, that a fishing licence is needed when chasing prawns.

Big schools of luderick have been entering the estuaries and anglers using the traditional method weed under a float have been scoring well. This is a skilful way to target luderick and the rewards are a good feed of fish and some great fun.

There are plenty of black bream being caught upstream, a good indication of how many options the estuary fisher has right now.

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