June is a cracking month to fish, especially offshore. Those cool westerlies usually burn off by mid-morning and we’re left with a glassy sea and ideal fishing conditions.
Early Winter is tuna time, with yellowfin and southern bluefin on the cards. This month we should see some mega-fish caught, with yellowfin to 90kg and bluefin over 100kg.
The past few seasons have been pretty good for both and early reports indicate all looks good for coming weeks. Yellowfin to 65kg have been captured on the continental shelf by crews trolling bibbed minnows and skirted pushers, along with albacore to 22kg.
There's still been the odd striped marlin, though they will thin out as the water cools further.
With the tuna come sizeable mako sharks, so have the wire handy if they’re your cup of tea.
At Montague Island it’s all systems go with kingfish and bonito in solid numbers responding to jigs and live bait. Fishos targeting snapper are getting a few kings on squid strips, too.
Over the next few weeks expect hoodlum kings to 20kg on the surface. Every June we see these monsters harassing saurie schools, especially on the western side of the island. Trolling larger bibbed minnows or slowly trolling larger slimy mackerel should get results.
Inshore, the snapper action has been red hot. Quite a few cuttlefish are close to shore and so are the reddies.
At this time of year more anglers start to target snapper on soft plastics and it works.
Concentrate your efforts in shallower water around reef, gravel beds and bommies. It’s great sport and you will be surprised at the results.
Best places to try are Potato Point, Brou Reef and the southern pinnacles at Montague Island.
For those who like dangling a bait, the flatties have been excellent if you can get through the leatherjackets. These pests are in plague numbers and causing havoc with tackle. The tackle shops love them but not us fishos.
It's worth a look in the shallower areas in around 30m off Kianga for the flatties, both sand and tigers.
In the estuaries things have slowed somewhat but that’s to be expected when the water is a chilly 16°.
In Wagonga Inlet the pelagic species are what most anglers are after, with tailor still abundant in the main basin. Cast small chrome lures to working birds or troll for good captures.
This season the tailor are quite big, with fish averaging 40cm and the odd thumper pushing 60cm.
There have been a few bigger trevally under the tailor schools feeding on whitebait scraps; try using soft plastics or whitebait for themn.
Some reasonable snapper and flathead will be caught at times also.
Those fishing the channel on the eastern side of the highway bridge should have good results on bream, trevally and blackfish. There's a chance of a stray flattie also and if the salmon enter the channel, as they did last year, you will have a stack of fun.
Up at Tuross, the bream have been sporadic but if you do find them you can expect some good angling. Hardbodies and plastics have worked, with the snags fishing best.
There have been a few bream around the oyster racks, but with the water so clear they are a little spooky. Long, accurate casts are needed to get consistent results with deep-diving suspending hardbodies the best option.
The lower sections of the lake are still producing flathead in the shallower margins. You will have to work hard to get a feed but persistence will pay off.
The Tuross luderick fishery has been excellent with switched-on anglers getting their bags easily. The main rock wall down near O'Brien’s Boatshed has been popular, with fresh weed and bloodworms the pick of the baits.
Winter is prime time for the beach goers who like targeting salmon. These speedsters are in excellent numbers on all beaches.
All methods will work, with a paternoster rig with a surf popper/bait combination ideal.
This method allows you two shots at the sambos; when the bait gets eaten you still have the chance with the popper. You will be surprised how many fish get caught on the artificial, it's impressive.
Expect to see big tailor and the odd bream, especially in the gutters close to the rocks. Beaches like Narooma main and Brou have these characteristics and are proven haunts.
The rockhoppers have put away the fast spin outfits and turned to Alveys to target the bread-and-butter species like blackfish, bream, drummer and groper. These fish love the cooler water with cunjevoi, cabbage, prawns and crabs all working at times.
Most headlands will produce although the Golf Course Rocks in town and Mystery Bay Headland would be the pick.
Both also should have some snapper; some solid reds get caught here every Winter, particularly after a heavy sea. They seem to come in close after wild weather which is good for the land-based angler.
Another advantage is the cuttlefish run will be in full swing, so if you get the right conditions some good snapper fishing will be available.