Another holiday season has been and gone, and this year the town didn't feel as busy as it has in years past.
Weather-wise, the wind has been really blowing by midday, so if you want to go fishing you should to be up and at it early. That way you will be off the water before you get blown off it, and you’ll also avoid the heat of the day (it’s no fun being on the water when it’s 40ºC).
Those anglers heading offshore have had some great fun recently on the kingfish. Specimens between 80cm and 1m have featured in catches, but these fish were obviously just passing by as the kingfish action has been nothing over the past few weeks. They will show up again as they pass by on their return trip north.
Some great gummy sharks are being caught, with most boats returning home with a feed of fish. The best area has been out around Gabo Island.
Sand flathead and tiger flathead have been biting well, with some great catches of good size fish being reported.
Once again the holiday period saw a couple of boats come unstuck on the bar, but luckily no one was hurt. The end of the month will see the work on the boat ramp recommence so it won’t be long before ocean access will get a lot easier.
Fishing the local beaches has been popular, with anglers wetting a line getting amongst some good sized salmon. These fish have been caught on both bait and lures, and the coming months will see more variety with sand whiting and bream turning up in the warmer water.
The fishing in the estuary has been good lately. Some weeks back there was some great fishing for dusky flathead, with numbers of good fish being caught. They are still there but you need to work a lot harder to get them. Soft plastics have worked well, and a lot of fish have fallen for blades and vibes as well.
The entrance area has fished well for sand whiting, with anglers having the most success using fresh prawn, nippers or worms.Reads: 586