The winter arrived in the form of an east coast low that moved all the way down from Queensland and along the NSW coast and around the corner into our area of Victoria. With it came lots of rainfall, causing flooding of the Snowy River system, thus giving the estuary a good flush out and starting the annual refreshing of the system.
With the river running hard, it signals the end of the prawning season, as they all have been washed to sea. With the first of the flooding, all of the small creeks and drains get a good flush of fresh water, removing all the rubbish and stagnant water that has developed over the summer months and leaving them in a pristine state.
With the entrance now deep and wide, it doesn’t take long for the estuary to rejuvenate with new fish coming in with the tides and re-colonising the system.
While the deluge was on, I was over in New Zealand fishing the Bay of Islands 6kg yellowtail kingfish tournament, and fishing out of Russell. The best of the Aussie contingent was the Junior Team fishing for the first time in many years and taking out the junior first prize. Our local team fishing under Orbost Sports & Game Fishing Club this year finished down the order with only one of our team, Terry Lynch, managing to weigh two legal size kingfish.
Back to the local scene, we observed on Facebook while in NZ another lucky angler landed a big bluefin tuna fishing out of Cape Conran. The monster weighed 114kg, and this is another positive for our area as a sports fishing destination.
The fishing offshore has been good with plenty of flathead, gurnard, squid, barracouta, pinkie snapper and gummy shark on the chew. This time of year the weather conditions determine when it’s safe to go offshore.
The surf beaches are fishing well with plenty of salmon and tailor on the bite. Already, anglers have managed to capture some good size bream fishing the backwater at Frenches Narrows and it won’t be long until fishing will be back to normal.Reads: 395