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Early bird gets the tailor
  |  First Published: November 2003



ROCK ACTION has been a little patchy although local anglers are still rolling some good fish. Quality tailor have still being cruising the suds with some fine greenbacks nailing pilchards, gars and lures. As with tailor anywhere, it’s the early bird that gets the worm.

Bream, too, have being snooping about, not in large numbers but enough to keep anglers’ interest up. Again dusk and dawn are producing the goods with headland washes and beach gutters harbouring some of these silver blighters.

Drummer remain disappointing with this year’s season an absolute shocker. I reckon it’s one of the worst I've experienced. Usually the action is hot during the Winter tapering only as we move towards Summer but this year it never really got hot at all.

Many theories have been bandied about as to why these fish have been a no-show. Large deposits of sand around local headlands, along with unusually high water temperatures are the main theories which show credence.

Jew anglers are clapping their hands with delight at some good fish showing up in all the known haunts. Not all the fish have been large but schoolies around 7kg are always welcome. The beaches, too, have been coughing up some quality fish, with the gutters along North Beach very productive. North Wall has also been worth a throw for some quality schoolies.

ESTUARY

Blackfish have certainly tapered over the past weeks, although some anglers are still managing to knock out a feed of bronzies from popular haunts. It's been another bumper year on blackfish with good numbers present right throughout the Winter but we can expect to see them taper off as we head towards Christmas.

Flathead are certainly in good numbers with sand flats, drop-offs and oyster lease areas yielding quality lizards. It’s time to check out the tackle box for those ever-reliable rubber-tailed shads and other lures that seem to suck in plenty of fish. If flogging lures is not your go, whitebait and prawn baits will get you into the action.

This month will see lure and fly fishos start to gee up for the season ahead.

Bream action should step up a gear. In the warmer months the local bream population moves upstream as the rivers warms and take up residence on the many snags and rock bars in our systems. There's nothing better than seeing a large bream climbing all over your lure or fly and charging off back to its lair, testing your tackle and skill to the max.

OFFSHORE

Little has changed offshore, with wind and swell, as always, having the major hand in successful offshore experiences. On the good days anglers have tucked some reasonable fish into their boxes. Bottom-bashing has been producing mixed bags of snapper, morwong and leatherjackets. Leatherjackets have certainly been in plague numbers over past moths but there is no denying their table qualities. Live-baiting the deeper reefs has turned up some good jew, kings and the odd samson fish.

Some quality snapper are still cruising shallow reefs with local angler Garron Smith boating some ripper fish over the past month. Garron is a keen offshore fisho and is a master at floatlining huge snapper. This month Garron boated a monster, which tipped, to scales down to 10.8 kg.

Fish this size are a once-in-a-lifetime proposition for most anglers but Garron has honed his skills well and with knowledge from years of snapper fishing stored in the old memory banks, Garron produces hefty snapper year-round.

With Summer now almost upon us, our thoughts turn towards our warm-water speedsters. With that first push of cobalt water from the north, anglers will gearing to do battle with our northern visitors. Last year’s action was slightly better than the two previous, with hopefully this year's season improving somewhat more.

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