A time worth waiting for
  |  First Published: December 2005

This is the time that game anglers really look forward to, with yellowfin tuna and striped marlin making up the bulk of the catch. Who knows what other species also could also be travelling on the current.

The offshore fishing has definitely started to fire up with consistent catches of yellowfin tuna. Most fish are around 10 to 15kg but the odd bigger fish has also appeared. The main action has been wide of the continental shelf.

Kingfish have started to appear from North Head through to Mowarrie Point. It will be interesting to see what lure will be the ‘flavour of the season’ on the kings because what worked one year might not be the answer the following season.

With the inshore reefs providing snapper, morwong, leatherjackets and flathead, it is often only a matter of moving until the fish are located. Squid, pilchards and fresh strip baits are the pick selections for bottom-bouncers.

The beaches have been firing well for salmon, bream and tailor – just find a good gutter and fish with fresh bait around the top of the tide for best results.

The Kiah River has been fishing well for flathead, yellowfin bream and silver trevally. Wading the flats in the lower reaches of the river tossing soft plastics has been the go for the flathead, with the odd bream getting in on the action.

For more consistent action on the bream, try the snags, rock edges and gravelly, gritty areas with lighter jigheads than those you’d work for flathead.

For the trevally, the best spots have been around the deeper holes and among the weed beds. The Firebait Longtail Minnow has been catching plenty of fish with purple and green the most popular colours.

The past month has produced some excellent fishing in the Wonboyn system with yellowfin bream, estuary perch, flathead and jewfish all likely customers.

Two of the jewfish I know of have been over the magical 24kg mark, with the better fish weighing close to 32kg. This fish was caught on a soft plastic and no doubt put up a mighty tussle for the lucky angler.

The bream and perch are being caught on soft plastics and hard-bodied lures in the river and in the lake.

Flathead have been caught on soft plastics and baits of live mullet or fresh mullet strips.

Early morning has been the best time to chase tailor with fish around a kilo the norm.

The beaches and headlands have been fishing well for salmon with ganged pilchards and metal lures catching the bulk of the fish.

All in all, everything is looking good.

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