Aussie bass going off
  |  First Published: December 2015

The bass have been going off in the upper reaches in recent weeks. They have been smashing surface lures, particularly Jackson lures, Tiemco Soft shell Cicadas and Megabass Sigletts.

There’s good fishing for bream and flathead further down the river at the moment, but the real standout species is the estuary perch. The prawns are running in the river so the best lures are prawn imitations and also sinking minnows. Squidgy Prawns are taking a lot of fish.

There are a few mulloway around but not a whole heap. Still, in a couple of months the fishing should improve a lot. Until then, you really have to put in the hours to have a chance of success.

There are plenty of snapper around at the moment. The kingfish are a bit hit-and-miss, although there are some around the 10-11kg mark if you put in the time to find them. You can catch both species on lightly weighted soft plastics. Focus your efforts early in the morning and late in the afternoon for the best chance of success. During the day, micro jigging is an effective way to catch them.

Out wider I haven’t heard of marlin or mahimahi yet, but we should see a few fish showing up in December and January.

St Georges Basin has been fishing really well on the eastern side, with good flathead captures. This will probably change in the coming weeks though, as the water temperatures rise further. As I write this, the fish are congregating in bigger schools, but soon they’ll become more dispersed and a bit harder to find.

Until next month, here’s hoping we get a nice early marlin bite.

For the latest info on what’s biting and where, drop into McCallum’s Tackle World at 47 Kinghorne St, Nowra. They staff are experts and are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and to show you the latest and greatest gear. You can also call them on 02 4421 2418 or check out their Facebook page.

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