Warm and quiet start for autumn
  |  First Published: March 2017

The town has quietened down after a hectic holiday break. The end of the school holidays sees many visitors leaving and another few months of warm weather. Plenty more visitors to the area will enjoy the quieter times along with the good fishing this area can offer. Good fishing has been abundant over the past month with plenty of opportunities for boats to get offshore and chase a feed of fish. Early starts made the fishing pleasant before the summer northeasterly winds got blowing.

Good catches of tiger flathead and sand flathead kept anglers happy along with the pinky snapper coming from the inshore reefs. A few gummy sharks have also been caught. The water temperature has been extra warm with 22°C along all the beaches, which is great for swimming!

A few kingfish have been caught. The best action has been well to the south and the coming months should see the fishing improve as the water cools, bringing the bait and fish back up the coast. Fishing from the local beaches has been good with plenty of sand whiting and yellowfin bream. There are plenty of good deep gutters on all the local beaches.

Salmon have been turning up from time to time, but aren’t as common as they were a few months back. Anglers are catching fish from the local headlands with drummer and yellowfin bream as well as decent luderick. Early morning is the best time to be drifting a bait for a snapper.

The estuaries have been fishing well. Sand whiting and yellowfin bream are around the entrance with live bait and fresh bait (worms, nippers and prawns) catching some good bags of fish.

Fishing for flathead has been good with soft plastic lures catching good bags of fish. Prawn imitation lures have also worked well. There have been a few prawns in all the local estuaries. There have been some mulloway to report, so no doubt there will be a few around over the next full moon period. With little rain over the past month, the water is clear and the next few months will see some good fishing with not too many people about.

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