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Are you ready for the festivities?
  |  First Published: December 2013



Finally we have pushed into summer with some very hot weather around. This is good news for anglers with the warm weather and water having already fired up the fish stocks, so are you ready for it? So where should you be concentrating your efforts and what should you be looking for?

If you like fishing estuaries we have many on offer within our area, all of which are hosting an array of different species.

Flathead are at the top of the list at this time of year with most systems being home to prawn stock creating a readily available food source for the flatties. There are a variety of prawn imitation lures available that will all work well.

Fishing on the last of a run-out tide, first of the incoming early morning around the edges of weed beds, sandy drop-offs or rocky points should be all that is required to secure these great fish with Wallaga Lake being one of the prime areas.

Those who prefer baits will do well on live prawns (gathered the night before), fresh nippers or live mullet.

The mullet bait will also do well on other species moving throughout these systems, like bream, trevally, whiting, luderick.

For those who like to dong a pair of waders, grab a net and light to venture out into the dark. They will undoubtedly secure themselves a good feed of juicy fresh prawns; cook the prawns in the water you catch them out of to improve the flavour.

The fishing activity is not confined to shore, out on the briny there are plenty more fishing opportunities.

For those who like to reef fish, the close reefs just slightly south east of Bermagui are within easy access for an early morning fish before the winds come up. Here anglers are likely to encounter some of the many reasonable snapper hanging around, and also encounter both species of morwong, pigfish, nannygai and a few mid-size kingfish.

Around the fringes or further out over the gravely sandy areas, tiger flathead are very prevalent with most anglers taking very little time to achieve a good bag of these tasty fish. There are also sharks in these areas in the form of gummies or small whalers, so once you have your bag of flatties go to some larger baits to try and find them.

Up at Montague Island kingfish are on the improve, although mainly small just-under size there is the odd better fish mixing in to keep anglers interests high.

A few bonito are also starting to show along with the smaller frigate mackerel. Out wider towards and beyond the Continental Shelf various tuna species are arriving for the game fishers. Yellowfin, albacore, strippies or the occasional big eye or southern blue fin tuna are always a possibility.

Lures are the way to go at present as you can cover more water to find where the fish are located. Try running a mix of swimming and surface lures; this way you will work out what they prefer, along with giving yourself the best option of an early season billfish.

This season is shaping up to what will hopefully be a good game fishing year so the only way you will find out if these marlin have turned up is to be out there ready to tangle with one.

I would just like to wish all out there a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year. See you in 2014.

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There are plenty of flats and shallow areas in Wallaga to sight cast at quality bream.

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What all game fishos like – quality tuna on the end of a line!

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Not all flat fish are welcome but they do pull hard.

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