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In dire need of rain
  |  First Published: June 2006




The South Coast has been crying out for rain and with autumn always a reliable time for rain it has hardly happen ed this year.

The Kiah River has been basically dry with a series of small pools all that is remaining. With no freshwater flow and the recent big swells, Wonboyn has now closed to the ocean. Good rains will fire up the fishing not just for the present but for coming seasons so let’s keep are fingers crossed.

The water temperature on the continental shelf is to the liking of yellowfin tuna with plenty of fish around 15kg being caught, especially on skirted lures.

Hopefully cubing will be the way to go over coming months with albacore and bigger yellowfin showing . Having the rod in your hands and getting a screaming run is definitely exciting.

This is when the makos put in an appearance – definitely not a good sight in the berley trail if you are hell-bent on catching yellowfin.

The inshore reefs have been fishing well with the odd kingfish still about. Snapper have been going well with plenty of pan-sized pinkies through to fish of around 2kg.Some good-sized sand and tiger flathead are being caught, with fresh fillet or striped tuna or slimy mackerel the go.

Beach fishing has been good (when the seas have allowed) with plenty of productive gutters on the local beaches for tailor, salmon and bream. The big seas create the gutters which attract the opportunistic bream for a look.

The recent westerlies have got the mullet moving on their way north, no doubt with the big jewies will be in close pursuit.

The local rivers have been fishing well for yellowfin bream, tailor and dusky flathead. With Winter the silver trevally are starting to really fire up with clients enjoying some good captures of fish to 1.3kg.The Juro Firebait Capt Kev model in green and the clear with gold fleck have been working well rigged on a No 2 1/16oz Bassmaster jig heads.

With Wonboyn closed to the ocean the fishing has been a bit slow. With plague proportions of pinky snapper, it’s hard to keep a bait out long enough to catch a decent fish.

The beaches around Wonboyn have been fishing well for tailor and salmon with lures and pilchards catching fish.

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