Plenty of rain at last!
  |  First Published: April 2007

Finally, some decent rain, not just along the coast but well inland falling in the catchment areas of the local rivers and resulting in the Kiah River running a banker, which is long overdue.

The bass will benefit big-time with freedom to move from pool to pool. Many of the South Coast lakes and rivers broke open to the sea with this rain but less than a fortnight later they were closed or nearly closed. It just goes to show what a problem siltation is.

The Tuross River, which is one of the big rivers, was looking like closing less than a fortnight after experiencing a minor flood before more heavy rain delayed the inevitable.

In years of travelling and fishing the South Coast I have watched this river go from one with good tidal flow and a great oyster industry to its present sad state.

Wonboyn received the rain but with only a small catchment area, the lake was crystal-clear only a few days later, making it tough for lure fishing. Yellowfin bream, flathead and whiting were being caught with the best area for the whiting on the sandflats near the entrance on worms and nippers. The whiting have been big with fish to 42cm not uncommon.

The Kiah has had whiting and bream around the entrance and with the big tides, it didn’t take long for the water to start clearing up.

Out in Twofold Bay there is plenty of bait with water around 21°. There has been some good fishing for flathead, bream, whiting and salmon with big schools of slimy mackerel inside the bay.

Last month I reported how water went as cold as 14° had hampered the fishing but that’s all gone now with a 22° patch of water alive with yellowfin tuna. These fish, between 4kg and 10kg, have been caught on trolled skirted lures within only 2km of the shore.

Mowarry Point has proved the best area for the kingies with fish from 8kg to 10kg common. The kingies are taking trolled skirts and jigged metal lures with some fish also being caught on live slimy mackerel fished under floats.

Snapper and other reef fish are also being caught on the inshore reefs with some quality flathead on the recognised grounds.

Striped marlin have been encountered from 40 fathoms out to beyond to the shelf, where yellowfin to around 50kg have been caught trolling skirted lures. It won’t be long before it will be cubing time for yellowfin, albacore and mako sharks.

The beaches have been fishing well for salmon along with the odd big bream and whiting. Off the rocks there have been some big drummer.

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