Busy and pulling in the fish
  |  First Published: February 2017

The busy period is here. All the caravan parks are full and the town is packed with visitors. The fishing has been the major attraction and with the great weather, there has been no shortage of fish caught. The fishing from the beaches has been good, as salmon and tailor can still been caught.

Good gutters are along nearly all of the local beaches and offer a variety of species. Yellowfin bream and sand whiting are available and beach worms or prawns are a good choice of bait. The best fishing has been had on the morning high tides.

Local rivers have seen a good number of small prawns and the months ahead will see them getting bigger. The prawning will only improve.

The rocky headlands are all fishing well. Bream, drummer and luderick have been caught recently. The warm water around 21°C has really brought everything to life. Fishing offshore has been good. The flathead fishing down in Disaster Bay has rewarded anglers with good bags of sand flathead and tiger flathead out wide.

The inshore reefs have been fishing well. Pinkie snapper, morwong and nannygai have all been caught. Getting an early start is important, so you can be back with a feed before the wind is up. A few kingfish have been caught, but they are yet to really fire up. The months ahead should see some great fishing with no shortage of bait in the area.

Out wider, there have been few reports coming in. The water temperature is good, so there is every chance the fish will soon put in an appearance.

Local estuaries have been fishing well with flathead on the bite and taking a variety of lures. Bait fishers catch fish on fresh prawn baits. Sand whiting have been caught on fresh prawn and squirt worms. Yellowfin bream are also around.

The summer months give you a good chance for catching a mulloway. Putting in a night’s fishing around the new or full moon with fresh bait or live bait could see you amongst a few fish. Reports of fish coming in are scarce as mulloway fishers can be tight-lipped.

The summer months have fired up the bass. Surface fishing into the dark is a fun way of catching a few fish and a variety of surface lures will catch them. Black is as good a colour as any.

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