It's great to see some common sense finally prevail in regards to the sanctuary zone areas on our beaches and rocks. Families can now go line fishing from these former no-go zones.
Sure, there are still limitations with bait gathering and the like but at least it's a move in the right direction.
The beaches around Narooma have been going gangbusters. Even though it's late in the season, bream and whiting continue to bite with beachworms, pipis and fresh tuna cubes working well.
The estuaries received a solid flush with recent rains and this has certainly helped the beaches as well.
The estuary entrances has been excellent with Tuross and Dalmeny fishing very well, especially on the flooding tide with light gear.
There have been some solid salmon and tailor about, too, so you might also need a heavier outfit with a paternoster or a single dropper hook rig baited with blue-bait or pilchards.
Of the ‘new’ beaches that can be fished now, the northern end of Brou Beach would certainly be worth a look. It takes a little work to get there but you will be rewarded for your efforts.
The estuaries have been a little hit and miss. Some days are awesome and others just plain hard.
I can't put a finger on it, but the variation in water temperature on certain days may be a key. When we get a temperature difference of 3°-4° overnight it seems to play havoc on the system.
The fish are still there but can be hard to entice on bait or lures.
We've found it’s good to downsize your offering and to fish quite slowly. The bites are quite often more fickle, so be alert.
When conditions have been favourable, flathead to 90cm and more have been captured. Recently one charter resulted in a double header of 81cm and 83cm caught within a couple of casts of each other and both were released.
There are ample fish to 50cm if a feed is what you’re after.
The mulloway action has slowed considerably but l suspect a few more will be caught this month as tailor schools increase in both systems. Jewies love tailor.
Those after a feed will do well on bream, flathead and blackfish by anchoring in the main channel on the eastern side of the highway bridge and using lightly weighted striped tuna and fresh prawns.
Blackfish have responded well to weed and squirt worms fished under floats in a little berley.
Offshore, it's tuna time and yellowfin are what most game crews will be after. We get a few jumbos over 90kg every season so let's hope they turn up this year.
There's already been a handful of 40kg-50kg fish caught so all looks promising. Later in the month, southern bluefin tuna are possible, depending on the current and water temperature. Catching both species in a session has been done plenty of times before.
Trolling skirted pushers or bibbed minnows is popular early in the season because you can cover a lot of ground to find the fish. Then laying out a cube berley trail is highly effective and a whole stack of fun if you get them behind the boat.
The Montague Island kings have been good but the seals haven’t. Frustrated anglers are losing countless fish to these fury buggers, whose numbers are now amazing.
Kings to 9kg have been taking jigs and live slimy mackerel, with squid fished on flasher rigs working well on smaller fish at times.
This month big kings should be on the surface chasing sauries, especially around the Fowlhouse Reef west of the island. These hoodlums are hard to catch, but towing a live bridled slimy mackerel should work.
Snapper to a couple of kilos have been excellent on fresh squid, tuna fillets and larger soft plastics over the inshore reefs, with Potato Point the hot spot. Bigger fish will be present as we head into the cooler months.
Rock platforms from Mystery Bay to Dalmeny Headland have been excellent for bonito, big salmon and mackerel tuna on whole ganged pilchards or chrome lures up to 50g.
The washes around the same platforms will produce drummer, blackfish and groper on cunjevoi, cabbage and crab pieces.
The southern breakwall in town is excellent on the flooding tide for blackfish at present.