Local guns loving Iluka
  |  First Published: December 2016

It’s a beautiful time of year in the northern rivers. Still with clear mornings and afternoon storms, the afternoon winds are unfortunate. That hasn’t dampened the local fishing spirit – great fish have been caught in the last month or so. Summer whiting are on with some amazing size fish in the river and beaches. A lot more people are trying out poppers with great success, but nothing beats fresh beach worms.

We have seen some really nice dart caught on the Iluka beaches like the 5.5kg fish caught by Jessica Phillips on the 22 November just up the road at Black Rock, taken on cured worms. Bream numbers have been a little down on previous years, but with a little local knowledge and luck, good fish can be taken. Isac Billian’s 1.15kg fish is a good example, taken at Moriartys Wall on 24 November – he was using mullet as bait.

We’re still in need of a good fresh flush to bring down the flathead, which have been in slightly better numbers toward Harwood and Mclean. Having said that, there have been some very nice lizards taken in the bay lately, up to 98cm.

Heaps of take-home size (45-55cm) fish have been found in shallow water close to shore. There are some fantastic plastics out to have the best chance of getting their attention, such as the Squidgy Pro Range Prawns (with S Factor) or 4” Gulp Pumpkinseed Minnows.

We’ve had some very nice snapper weighed in from just offshore in areas like Woody Head, Black Rock and Shark Bay. Also off the headlands, a 6kg beast was caught by Graham Paterson on 27 November. Dan Pianta’s 4.6kg snapper was caught off the bluff just recently.

There have been lovely teraglin caught amongst the snapper, but it’s been somewhat quiet on the mulloway front recently. Local Ray White caught a really nice pearl perch to the south on the Angourie grounds, weighing 2.85kg.

Happy fishing everyone. I hope you’re prepared for the mackerel, as they have just started to make an appearance. Long-tail tuna won’t be far behind them.

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