Big knobbies make their move
  |  First Published: May 2014

With the influx of rain into our local waterways in recent weeks we have seen the rivers get a really good flush out, and the water turned over after a very dry summer. This has given the aquatic life a fresh start as we head into the cooler months, which should see the bass and estuary perch making their move downstream a little early to start their spawning run.

Just a reminder that bass and EPs have a closed season from the start of June through to the end of August, so these guys are catch and release only. Most anglers have a self-imposed ban on fishing for them at this time anyway. This is the last month you can actively target them, and you can find out more at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/regulations.

At this time of year I like to sneak up to the top end of Broughton Creek towards Berry and target big black bream on soft plastics and minnow style divers. I do like to go a little old school and tie on an Attack lure, which was a big bream lure back in the day and still manages to slay its fair share of big bream. While up in Broughton, don’t forget to try some blades and plastics in some of the deeper holes, as it is well known for producing bag limits of flathead in single sessions (not that you have to keep your limit, of course).

Meanwhile, back in the main river we have been hearing of captures of good mulloway from the usual haunts up and down the river. There’s no big secret to it, just fish an hour either side of the change of tides and eventually you should come up tight on a silver ghost.

Out at the banks on the back of a bumper marlin season, which was cut short by heavy rain, we are now seeing the return of some nice kings which are mainly been taken on metal jigs retrieved erratically. Also out wide we have started to gear up for the impending yellowfin and bluefin tuna run. If you’re looking to upgrade to some heavier gear to chase these hard-fighting, barrel-sized silver beasts I recommend the new Shimano Saragosa 20000 as a great starting point.

The cuttlefish bones are starting to wash up on the beaches, so this is a good indication that the big knobby snapper are starting to enter Jervis Bay. Both bait and plastics should see some good results, with fresh caught squid strips and 7” Jerkshads being the best choices.

The fresh flush of water into the Basin has slowed things down on the eastern side, with the majority of fish coming from around the islands. The Cranka Crab, which is finally in tackle stores, has been doing the damage. The cooler weather has seen the fish schooling up and moving deeper, so make sure you keep an eye on your sounder to find the feeding fish.

A little further south at Burrill Lake the heavy rains caused the local council to open up the mouth of the lake. This has allowed for a good flush, and plenty of fish are using this time to transition from outside in and inside out. This has caused the flathead to stir up, and where the lake widens should see you finding the fish.

Some good fun can be had from the river mouth or out at Gerroa with the salmon running at the moment. They’re great for the kids or the young at heart, and the preferred method is to use lighter gear and throw 5” white Jerkshads on 1/4oz jigheads and work the top quarter of the water column.

Alternatively you can head to the beaches, find a gutter and lob out a metal jig and start a quick retrieve. If you want to keep some for the smoker or fish cakes, remember to bleed these fish quickly for a better tasting meal.

That’s it for another month. Good times and tight lines!

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