Plenty of fishing options in February
  |  First Published: January 2015

Marlin season has kicked into top gear and they’re as thick as thieves at the moment. As they do every year, the usual hotspots such as The Kink (approx. 12.5 miles east of the Jervis Bay lighthouse), The Banks (north east of Currarong), and The Tubes for the land-based guys, have all been producing. Offshore, drifting live baits seems to be the best method, rather than dragging lures around for hours on end.

Mahimahi are also showing up. Look up the FADs on the DPI’s website, or watch for big patches of floating seaweed or debris and start peppering it with soft plastics, hardbodies, and even flies. These stunningly coloured fish are willing to take almost anything that’s thrown their way.

If you’re not feeling up to it or don’t have the capabilities of getting out to the marlin and mahis, don’t forget you can still chase hard fighting trophy fish closer to shore. The kingfish are in plague proportions still, so hang around Stoneys, Middle Ground and Longnose. They’re taking most lures, but be prepared to be harassed by the small ones taking almost anything you put in the water. Jigs, soft plastics and poppers are working, but for best success use fresh bait.

At this time of year we also see an influx of salmon and bonito, which go like the clappers on light gear. Salmon find it hard to resist a 5” white soft plastic on a 1/4oz jighead, and when caught on 5-10lb setups, you’ll be in for hours of fun if they’re around. Tow bibbed 4-5” lures around the bommies and washes to find the bonito.

In St Georges Basin, those big girls the flathead are still feeding hard. As mentioned in previous issues, big paddle tail plastics are the go, with a heavier jig head up to 1/4oz producing the goods. If you’re after some surface action, then head to the flats and start throwing small poppers and walk-the-dog lures in a clear natural colour to persuade the ever-willing whiting into eating.

With the recent purchase of a canoe, I’m finding myself staying well away from the Shoalhaven River when I’m wanting my bass fix, due to the summertime crowds with their huge wake boats pounding the shores, wrecking our river, eroding the banks and making it hard to fish with their blatant disregard for other users of the waterway. A friend and I have been heading to quieter areas in the Upper Shoalhaven past Gradys, and the Kangaroo River in Kangaroo Valley. If you’re on foot, there are plenty of options for those willing to put in the time researching and discovering the spots, although I won’t be giving out any secrets! Check out some of the videos derived from these little creeks on lureadicts.com

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