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Still Winter to the fish
  |  First Published: September 2013



The days may be getting longer and the air a bit warmer, but if you are a fish it’s still Winter.

The ocean always lags behind the changing seasons by a month or so. With this in mind, angling targets will reflect this.

Rock blackfish or black drummer are a sure bet this month in the washes and the bonus of a tussle with a big silver drummer is also on the cards.

They might be woeful to eat but silvers are one tough adversary and extremely fun to catch. I've got them up to 7kg throughout the colder months and they are always welcome to steal my baits.

Jem Abbot recently scored a nice 4kg silver, which he had hoped was a black drummer. Still it's a pretty good consolation prize off the rocks.

Silvers are really hardy fish and respond well to catch and release. There has also been a spate of little sub-kilo silvers around, indicating a good injection into their breeding recruitment.

Silvers basically eat the same baits as their black brethren – prawns, cunjevoi, bread and weed.

Snapper remain high on the hit list this month but the fish will be more dispersed now, with reds right in tight in the shallows as well as off in deeper water and everywhere in between.

Young Charlie is a keen fisho who has been scoring some great reds aboard Top Cat Charters on both bait and soft plastic lures.

Jayden Mann, son of Batemans Bay Game Fishing Club president Scott Mann, recently caught an Australian junior record albacore on board Little Devil. Scott also runs Batemans Bay Fish Mounts and has recently completed a stunning 56kg albacore captured off Narooma as well as some big bluefin tuna.

The big blues passed the Bay really wide this year but a few crews found some 60kg-plus fish.

Closer to home, there has been some good yellowfin action and more albacore.

See? It’s still Winter.

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