In dire need of rain
  |  First Published: June 2006

The South Coast has been crying out for rain and despite autumn normally being a reliable time for it, we’re yet to receive much.

The Kiah River has been mostly dry with only a series of small pools remaining. With no freshwater flows 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 our fingers crossed.

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

Hopefully, cubing will be the way to go over the coming months with albacore and bigger yellowfin showing up. Makos might also put in an appearance – definitely not a good sight in the berley trail if you’re hell-bent on catching yellowfin.

The inshore reefs have been fishing well with the odd kingfish still about. Snapper have also been going well with plenty of pan-sized pinkies through to fish of around 2kg. Some good-sized sand and tiger flathead have also been caught with a fresh fillet of 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 yielding tailor, salmon and bream. The big seas create the gutters that also attract the opportunistic bream for a look.

The recent westerlies have got the mullet moving on their way north. No doubt the big jewies will be close behind.

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

With Wonboyn closed to the ocean the fishing has been a bit slow. Lots of pinkies have made it 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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