Despite patchy offshore fishing over the last month, some boats pushed well beyond the shelf and managed to raise a number of striped marlin. Further reports of striped marlin to the north off Bateman’s Bay indicate good water so let’s hope this patch of water makes its way down the coast.
This Summer the water near the coast has been exceptionally cold, which has not been good for inshore fishing. The lowest water temperature in the past month was 14°C. Howling northern estuaries have also plagued those wanting to venture offshore, so all in all there has been little to report besides a few snapper and flatties.
Hopefully some warm water will find its way closer to shore and fire up the kingfish over the next couple of months. They are around and can be spotted on the sounder but cold water is making them reluctant to bite.
The beaches have been fishing well for salmon with some big fish caught by anglers using a ganged hook rig and whole pilchards for bait. Lure fishers have had success throwing metal lures and retrieving them with speed. Fishing around the headlands with pilchards or lures has been good for salmon and tailor, with these fish paying regular visits as they travel between the beaches.
A few jewies have been landed off the local beaches along with yellowfin bream and whiting. Some good drummer have been caught off the rocky headlands by anglers fishing the washes using cunjevoi.
The best estuary system in the area has been Wonboyn, which has produced good catches of bream, whiting and flathead. Let’s hope the water warms making for a better fishing report next month!Reads: 648