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The fun factor
  |  First Published: March 2014



With a new season upon us we can thank our lucky stars we haven’t had a series of flood events similar to those that occurred last year. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that we get only enough rain to help conditions, rather than a deluge that will hamper them.

With great water conditions the whiting should continue to be a primary target of many fishers this month. With Lake Cathie really starting to fire in recent weeks it will be a hive of prawn and whiting activity the first week of March, with the new moon coming on the first day of the month.

Many whiting will of course be taken on prawns and worms, but the fun factor is surface luring for them. Pencil and popper style lures are the best option for getting a few lure-crunching whiting. Other locations to target whiting this month will be the flats at the mouth of the Maria River and Googleys Lagoon on the Camden Haven River. The last half of the run-out tide is a prime time to walk the flats at Googleys and fish for whiting. And with by catches of bream and flathead being on the cards, it’s a top location and an excellent option this month.

At this time of year bream are still through out the system, however they become a more viable option for those who like to target them in deeper water. The rock walls are a top place to bait fish late in the day and into the night, and salted prawns and slab baits are the optimum baits to target bigger bream after dark. Fishing as light as possible is the key in these deep water presentations, as bream are cunning predators and can be hard to fool at times.

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