The summer months really sees the town come to life with visitors to the area getting out amongst the National Parks and beaches that surround the town.
You can head north towards the Pinnacles or south towards Green Cape, both offer beaches and rocky headlands with great fishing away from the crowds. There are great places for anglers to wet a line, along with out of the way places for the serious fisho.
Over the past month, the fishing has really fired up with the summer months offering more variety with the warmer water bringing everything to life. The local estuaries have been fishing well with dusky flathead on the go. Lure fishing has been good with a variety of soft plastics working well. Flathead can come on the bite at any time so the key is to be in the right place at the right time.
Bream fishing has been good with the oyster leases and rocky edges fishing well. The best fishing has been at the top of the tide, and if this coincides with dawn or dusk all the better.
Sand whiting catches should improve as the water warms with more fish turning up with the heat. You can achieve great results for this species at night with fresh bait (worms, nippers, prawns) the key to success. Working the right stage of the tide for your fishing spot will also improve your results. Fish the same area you can expect to catch dusky flathead and yellowfin bream with the fresh baits.
The summer months see plenty of mulloway caught on the far south coast with most of the fish caught at night on fresh and live baits, however more fish are caught through the day with those tossing bigger soft plastic lures often coming up trumps.
Some big blackfish have also been caught with green weed fished under a float the key to success.
Salmon are still on all the local beaches along with tailor, bream and whiting. Once again, fresh baits are the key to success. Bream are often caught where the sand meets the rock with a rising tide the go.
The holiday months often see the Fisheries Inspectors out and about so make sure you have your licence and you are aware of the bag limits. With great launching facilities at Quarantine Bay, boats heading offshore have been getting good results on the local reefs with snapper, morwong, leatherjackets tiger and sand flathead, and kingfish. This should only improve in the coming months.Reads: 581