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Spring in full bloom as fish get on the chew
  |  First Published: October 2013



With the winter behind us, and the springs here showing its arrival with all the trees and shrubs in full blossom, reminding us that nature is renewing the region for another season.

By all reports the coming season will be a boomer. Bream have been entering the system in big numbers on their annual spawning run, and when they detect the time is right they head up the rivers and small streams to the areas they spawn and cerate the next generation to ensure the future fishing of our area.

Bream are not the only fish to enter the system on their spawning run, schools of mullet have entered along with the bream and soon schools of estuary perch will follow.

With all the fish in the system it is no wonder the fishing is great and will get even better as the warmer months arrive and warm up the water in the system.

With warmer water, prawns will start to move from their secluded spots that is their hatchery, and move down the estuary closer to the entrance for their run to sea. When the prawns mature it creates another exciting fishing prospect.

Not only do we all like to gather a few prawns for the table, but it enables us to gather a few for live bait and others for frozen bait for another time.

The other exciting prospect of having the prawns in even greater numbers each month is they attract huge schools of fish of many species to move into the system to feast on the annual run of prawns.

With lots more fish available the fishing will be better still, and give a better chance to target their favourite species on either bait or lures.

Although the surf beaches fish well all year round, the warmer months see gummy shark start to run close to shore along with elephant fish and small but legal size yellowtail kingfish and snapper. But of course the bread and butter fish are still here, as salmon, tailor, flathead and mullet can be caught all year round. As usual the fishing off shore is good with plenty of flathead, gurnard, barracouta, squid, pinkie snapper, morwong and gummy shark.

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