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Plenty of fish moving
  |  First Published: May 2005



May has to be one of my favourite months. With the afternoon sea breezes behind us, it is possible to have days of absolutely no wind, invigorating mornings and warm but not unbearably hot days.

It also the time for fish movement on the Central Coast, a change of season. There's a large movement of fish leaving our estuaries at this time as they start their procession up the coast pursuing warmer currents.

Flicking through the last few years of my dairy shows quite a number of large jewfish caught at this time. Often they are very dark bronze colour, indicating they're from the very upper reaches of our estuaries.

They seem to hang around our river mouths for quite a few days before they head north and it's here that they load up on tucker.

Last May I caught big jewfish with everything from leatherjackets to Port Jackson sharks in their stomachs.

When they're hungry, they're hungry and it just goes to prove that every species, regardless how worthless it appears to us, has a predator down below the surface.

May and June are also top times along our coast for bream and tailor and I have a real passion for these fish.

Just remember, big baits are absolutely essential for these critters with a chopper-sized tailor being the best bait for the really big fellows.

If you try lures, start with something at least20cm long. Surprisingly enough, for all their savagery a bite from a giant tailor is often quite tentative and can be nothing more than a few nibbles before the bait is taken fully – almost like a bream bite.

Offshore the kingies will be turning up on the wider reefs with fish from 5kg up to unstoppable.

Live baits, squid or jigs are the way to catch these blokes and remember to set baits at varying depths because the kingies can be sitting anywhere from just below the surface to just above the bottom.

If you have always dreamed of catching a big blue marlin, I don't think there is a better month to catch one off our coast. It always seems that the first and last bits of the warmer currents always hold the bigger fish.

As bream are schooling up and preparing to moving up the coast, great catches can be had from our rivers and estuary systems. This is definitely one of the better months for these fish.

I'm sure I'm just repeating myself from 12months ago but May is a beautiful time to be fishing here. If you go I can almost guarantee that you'll be glad that you did.

Theo caught this magnificent 38kg jewfish in the Hawkesbury.

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