Rains flush bass out of hiding
  |  First Published: June 2007

The fishing out wide has been a bit slow, with small rat yellowfin tuna from 5kg to 10kg and some striped tuna making up the bulk of the catches, according to Michael from Eden Outdoors and Marine.

The bigger fish will turn up over coming months. There is still some great fun happening with the kingies, with 90% of the action around Mowarrie Point. Some of these fish are quality specimens around 10kg which have been caught by a variety of methods, including jigging, trolling and livebaiting.

The inshore reefs have been producing morwong, snapper and leatherjackets. Some good catches of flathead – both sand and tiger – have kept anglers fishing the flathead grounds happy.

The beaches have been much the same as always, with the ever-reliable salmon and tailor available and good gutters to be found from Haycock Beach through to the Pinnacles. The odd whiting is still being caught along with some yellowfin bream.

Inside Twofold Bay the fishing has been patchy with catches of silver trevally, bream and tailor around the Kiah River mouth and some good blackfish around the rocky headlands.

The fishing around the wharves has been quiet with little to report. Over coming months we should see some good jewies captured; they should be on the move anytime soon.

Fishing in the rivers for flathead will start to slow as the water temperature drops. There have been some good flathead caught in the Kiah River and Wonboyn Lake but things have definitely started to slow down.

Silver trevally, tailor, yellowfin bream and the odd sand whiting have been on the bite in Wonboyn and Kiah on prawns, nippers and worms.

The autumn rains were just the thing to get the rivers flowing and with the fresh came the bass from their upstream haunts. This gave switched-on anglers a chance to chase some quality fish from the comfort of their boats.

There were reports of some great fish to 2kg caught during this period. Hard-bodied lures, spinnerbaits and soft plastics proved deadly when twitched slowly through structure.

Unlike further to the north, where there is much debate about fishing for spawning bass, we were fortunate enough to still have warm water in the estuaries, allowing a small window of opportunity to chase these fish before they spawned.

Experience has shown that once the water temperature plummets, sometimes to as low as 9 degrees, very few bass are caught. The fish are there but they just don’t bite.

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