Lots to target in spite of the cold
  |  First Published: August 2015

Well it’s definitely winter! Those bitter winds in the morning are certainly making it hard to get up, but the rewards are there if you can suffer the cold.

The inshore fishing is seeing a few good squire out at the 30m mark on pillies and bottle squid. There are a couple of better quality 5-7kg models in amongst them on bigger baits also. Out a bit wider there have been kingfish and table fish like pearlies and pigfish.

In the river, bream have been lurking around the bottom end on the usual plastics and blades fished down deep. Baits that have been working well are mullet flesh and any of the stinky gut baits like chook and mullet gut. There have been some nice blackfish around as well. Along the walls in the lower reaches have seen plenty of action.

Off the rocks, there have been tailor in the 2-3kg class available on spinners, with quality 4-5kg fish falling to poppers. River2Sea 130 Bubble Pops are a favourite, as well as the Get Bent Pencil Popper, which have also accounted for some nice fish.

On the mulloway front, there have been some nice schoolies around the headlands on plastics. The combo we use is an 8-9’ 8-10kg rated rod with a 4000-6000 sized reel running 10-15kg line and 20-25kg leader. There have been some better quality models on the larger hardbodies and 1 of my favourites is the locally-made Croakers, which have been accounting for some good size fish.

Definitely up-size the gear if you’re throwing around those bigger hardbodies though!

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