WHILE AUGUST is traditionally a windy month, the weather over June and into July has been excellent for angling.
The outside crews have not been scoring much but there have been a few flathead and some plate-sized snapper to keep them reasonably happy. The estuary has fished well for bream and school jew while the beaches have produced good tailor to a kilo and jew to 27kg. Forty-five jew going a total of 750kg were netted on Crowdy Beach not long ago and anglers are still catching school-sized fish, so there must be quite a few jew in the system.
Apart from the bream, which are still all river fish, no travelling stock have moved in yet. The school jewies are drawing the most attention from local anglers. Small fish to 1.5kg have been caught on the sea wall with the occasional fish to 6kg being taken on live bait.
The river wall has produced a better class of fish from around the Gantry on soft plastics and live bait. These fish should stay around while the schools of whitebait continue to move into the river and it would not surprise me if they were still here in August, as the bream run seems to be fairly late this year.
By August, the luderick should be well and truly on the move and biting their heads off along the river wall and up the canals. Big catches of these fish can be made at night using unweighted live yabbies fished on the inside of the wall where there is little run.
There’s great fishing at present for tailor and jew but when the westerlies blow in August and early September, it is difficult to find a fish on the beaches or around the rocks. The westerly winds make the beaches flat and the water clear and the fish move further out into deeper water to get better cover.
Around the rocks things are not as bad, as a little whitewater will allow you to catch the occasional drummer and blue groper. Sometimes by fishing a bobby cork rig at night you will pick up a few tailor on pilchards and gar baits.
It has been fairly quiet for the outside boaties with only small catches of bottom fish. Some anglers have been fishing close to the beaches and headlands and picking up some nice jew on live bait.
By August there should be plenty of surface fish appearing and the big snapper should be in close on the full moon.
August is always a chancy month for fishing. If the winds blow for three days at a time then some good fishing can be had. If they blow for three weeks, it is time to check the reels and clean the rods and replace any worn or cracked runners. Maybe make a few sinkers and a lure or two and make sure that some amber liquid lubricates the throat so that you will be able to shout when it is your turn.Reads: 372