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Everything is firing up
  |  First Published: December 2006



With the Summer holiday season here I’m predicting some good fishing over the next few months. Recent reports indicate just about everywhere is firing.

About the only way you could miss out at the moment would be to stay at home. I got all my chores done back in August and September so I’m now free to get out and enjoy myself. Hopefully by the time you read this I will have sold my boat and be waiting on a new one. Can’t give away too much at present but the new one will be bigger and set up with all the good gear for some serious sport and game fishing.

Without a boat for a few months I’ll be relying on mates and fishing the rocks or beaches.

I’m going to spend some time chasing blackfish from the rocks this Summer. I used to do a lot of that and I’m looking forward to getting back to a few of my old stomping grounds and catching a feed of blackfish.

There are a heap of fish around now and all of the well-known platforms around Currarong and south of Jervis Bay are producing blackfish and drummer. The livebait ledges are also fishing well for kings with some thumpers being hooked.

The local beaches are also firing at present for nice whiting and bream. Shoalhaven Heads and Currarong beaches are fishing well and also producing some tailor early in the morning and late in the afternoon. It’s still a bit early for jewies from the beaches but you could do worse than fish a big bait into the night if conditions look good.

St Georges Basin and the Shoalhaven River are fishing well for flathead and bream. The river is also producing some nice jewies on bait and lures for those anglers who put in a bit of time and effort.

Anywhere between Shoalhaven Heads and the Crookhaven Entrance is worth fishing. Fish on the edge of deep water or around bait schools if you can find them. Greenwell Point is also producing some good blackfish so you could do worse than get some weed or squirt worms and have a go.

With the increase in boat traffic on all waterways over the Christmas break it will pay to take care while boating.

The trend these days seems to be high-powered estuary rigs and unfortunately it’s only going to be a matter of time before someone comes unstuck at 80kmh-plus. At that speed you don’t stand much chance and with so many boats out over the holidays, the possibility of doing some real damage is greatly increased. Worse still, you might run into me so slow down and observe speed limits and no-wash zones.

KAYAK CAPERS

Most readers will be familiar with Rob Paxevanos and his fishing exploits on WIN Television. Rob has fished all around Australia and provided entertainment to thousands of viewers of his Fishing Australia show. Being based in Canberra means that Rob and his crew spend a bit of time on the South Coast and he’s a regular visitor to Greenwell Point.

Rob and crew fished with us last Winter and we jigged some kings for the show. At the time there were some yellowfin starting to show up and Rob was keen to get back down and have a crack at them from his Hobie kayak. I saw his show last year when he pulled up a striped marlin from a kayak so I had no doubt it was possible.

The kayak Rob brought with was a two-person model so we needed a big boat to get it out there. Wes Murphy strapped the kayak on his Blackwatch 36 Dad’s Boat and the run out and down to the Drumstick Canyons didn’t take long.

Just short of the shelf we started to troll and hadn’t travelled any more than a kilometre before one of the lures went off to a 10kg fish. The plan was to drift and cube so Rob could paddle around in the kayak and hook a fish in the berley trail and within 10 minutes we had fish at the back of the boat eating every bait we put out.

It wasn’t easy for Rob to maintain a drift with the big boat and fish a pilchard cube while paddling with foot pedals but once he got it worked out he hooked and landed a fish around 6kg. After that fish was released Rob was paddling back to us when he hooked another yellowfin on a bare hook trailing off the rod tip. Now, I’m not sure if anyone has hooked and landed a yellowfin from a kayak in Australia before but I’m sure no one has hooked one on a bare hook from kayak.

Only 15 minutes after Rob got out of the water we had a big mako appear in the trail, a solid fish of at least 250kg. Rob wanted to get the kayak back down and have a crack at it until he got a good look at it and realised it was a big as the kayak.

We ended up hooking it from the big boat on a 37kg braid outfit and I spent an hour swinging off it with everything I had and didn’t make much of an impression before the wire trace snapped 100m down. An interesting day on the shelf, to say the least!

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