Hot times ahead
  |  First Published: November 2013

The lead-up to Summer is feeling warmer than in the past few years both on land and in the water.

Game fish have been moving down the coast for a few months now with reports coming out of Sydney back in September of striped and blue marlin, wahoo and mahi mahi to 25kg, along with yellowfin to 80kg and some big albacore.

What this means to us South Coasters is hopefully a similarly early start to our proper game fishing season, rather than the usual December-January kick-off.

Sea surface charts have indicated a warm patch of water has hung off the coast all year, albeit too wide for most trailer boats.

As the currents push closer to land, we can expect some great fishing to follow. There has been an abundance of striped tuna and smaller bait schools inside the continental shelf so it should go off with a bang when the big fish turn up.

Regardless, November is a proven yellowfin month if the billfish fail to show.

Expect kingfish to be high on the hit list this month, too.

I am pretty excited about this season for kings, which is something I haven't been able to honestly say about our area for the past 10 years.

Last year’s run of fish were rarely under a metre and often were in schools of hundreds.

Whether it be off the stones, in a kayak or from a boat, there should be plenty of options for getting stretched.

Last season was the first time I have been involved in downrigging for kings and I have to say it is deadly particularly with live squid.

I also played around with some Christmas tinsel tied to my live bait hook in conjunction with a live yellowtail. That resulted in a monumental bust-up on 80lb braid and a 20000 Stella combo.

We could clearly see the kingfish stacked on the sounder but we could not get a bite from our live yellowtail, so the experimental rig was deployed.

My mate Ben Roberts was laughing hysterically at the ‘Mardi Gras rig’ – until it actually worked!

Kings are inquisitive fish and often when you present something different they can switch on.


In The Clyde River we can expect some great jewfish action. There have been some fantastic fish to 18kg captured on plastics in the daytime and I hear that all fish have been released, which is to be commended.

Each year this river just gets better for the mighty mulloway and it is this kind of proactive angling is only going to continue to benefit all anglers for years to come.

There is certainly nothing wrong with keeping a fish for the table but I can honestly say my most memorable jewfish captures involve the ones that are still hopefully swimming today.

Snapper, in size and numbers, are keeping the inshore boaters happy, with reports of 3kg to 5kg fish common.

The reds seem to be schooling in a certain size range, so if you are finding sub-kilo to 2kg fish and want bigger, you might need to up anchor and try another spot.

Off the rocks there are a few bonito appearing and if the water temps kick, their numbers should swell.

Land temps have been well above average and this should equate to some good bass fishing in the creeks.

We received good rains at the right time, so the fish should have found easy passage upstream from their Winter spawning grounds.

Check out Huw Kearney's South Coast Bass Migration on YouTube and you will see what I mean by migration and why they need good rain to get the rapids flowing. It is an amazing bit of vision.

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