Waters finally wake up
  |  First Published: November 2013

With the days getting longer, it doesn’t take much time for things to really start warming up, especially the fishing as everything starts to come to life.

The offshore effort has focused of the inshore reef fishing with snapper, morwong, leatherjackets and sand flathead being caught, along with some great gummy sharks.

The game fishing has been quiet and with the warmer current due to arrive over the next few months, its arrival will mark the start of another season.

Salmon are thick, with fish to 3kg visiting all the local beaches and headlands.

At this time of year it is often possible to see the big dark patches of fish, and if you put a lure in among them you will get an instant response.

In the estuaries the black bream have been well upstream. Try using fresh nippers and bloodworms. The best fishing time is around dawn and dusk.

Lure fishers have had some success using soft plastics and suspending hardbodies fished in tight around structure. The odd good-sized estuary perch has also been caught while targeting these areas.

Some good reports have come from the mouths of many of the local estuaries.

Good-sized yellowfin bream and sand whiting have been caught by anglers using fresh bait on a run-in tide, with the best fishing happening when the conditions coincide with dawn and dusk.

At this time of year things change quickly as the days get longer and everything starts waking up. This is a great time to chase the flathead as they shake off their Winter lethargy.

Salmon are thick, visiting all the local beaches and headlands

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