Early rise catches the fish
  |  First Published: December 2013

Summer is in full swing now and hopefully it won't be as wet as the last couple. The crowds will be out in force and the traffic everywhere on the beach, river and outside. If you want to get a bit of quiet time, early starts are essential.

Get up in the dark and be at the spot you want to fish as the first rays of the sun come over the horizon. This is key if you want to have quiet at this busy time of year.

Late afternoons are also a good time, as everyone heads back to the campfire for a few cold ones to end the day, you can often sneak a fish in by yourself if you're lucky.

Another hint to help everyone get a long at this stressful time of year is a bit of etiquette. I know it gets crowded but you don't need to pull up 2m from someone and start fishing. Give everyone a bit of space and it will make it a lot easier for everyone to get a long.

On the beach there should be plenty of light action with dart, whiting, tarwhine and flatties, which is the norm at this time of year. A gun bait for dart and tarwhine will be pipis, but worms will do a lot better for the whiting. The Z-Man have been dynamite on the flatties, but if you want to throw some bait around then use anchovies or whitebait.

While we are on the subject of the beach, just because you have a 4WD doesn't mean you can drive it anywhere. If you haven't driven on a beach before it is best to have a go with a more experienced mate that can give you a hand if you get in over you head. Generally 1-2 hours around the high is all right to hit the beach.

Off the rocks there should be some school mulloway around on plastics. However, if you want to chase some decent-sized specimens local lure maker Steve Patti of Croaker Lures Jewie Jewel has been doing very well on the local population of late. The Jewie Jewel is a great quality locally made product.

There have also have been a few nice trevally around hitting surface lures. The standout lure would have to be the Money Works 140 stick bait in colour galaxy; it has a great erratic darting action and has accounted for fish up to 6kg.

Up river there should be a few of those mighty Clarence bruising bass hitting the surface in the low light period of the day.

The last couple of cod trips have seen them also very active on the surface, with the average fish around 65cm. They provide plenty of fun on light gear.

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