Inshore Fishing Well
  |  First Published: November 2006

Time flies and the warmer water is well and truly on its way with it come the fish: yellowtail kingfish, yellowfin tuna, striped marlin and if the water gets warm enough dolphinfish.

Big schools of baitfish can be seen not far offshore along with whales migrating along the coast. Plenty of kingfish have already turned up between South Head and Mowarry Point, these fish are yet to come on the bite but it won’t be long.

On the inshore reefs the past month has seen some great catches of snapper to around the 2kg mark, some days the fishing was that good bag limits were caught in no time. Fishing with soft plastics was effective, as was bait fishing in a berley trail. Some good-sized morwong have been caught over the past month along with leatherjackets these fish tend to be out a bit wider, so fishing with big sinkers to make sure you get to the bottom with fresh bait – squid has been the way to go. Good-sized sand flathead and tiger flathead are being caught, it’s just a matter of finding a patch of good-sized fish.

For those putting out cray pots plenty of big crayfish are still about.

Salmon are still being caught on the local beaches and headlands with 2kg fish a common catch. Yellowfin bream are now on the bite with the warming water to their liking, for best results fish close to where rock meets sand right in amongst the wash and beachworms are a good choice for bait. Early morning is a good time to fish for some of the bigger 2kg tailor that are around. This time of year is a good time to try for a jewfish with the mouth of the Kiah River and Nullica River a good bet.

Both black bream and yellowfin bream will become a regular catch in the rivers now that the water has warmed up. Fishing the deeper holes on the low tides and the shallows as the tide rises should reward you with a feed of fish. Dusky flathead have been firing up with some good size fish for those prepared to wade the flats and cover some ground. All you need is a small carry bag and a box of lures as these rivers have very little water for boating.

The bass fishing season has started again with keen anglers walking the distance between the pools to catch some good-sized fish lures worth carrying range from surface poppers, diving minnows, spinnerbaits and other lures. It must be remembered these are small river systems so it pays to practice catch and release.

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