Wind makes it tough
  |  First Published: March 2005

Wind, wind and more wind have made it tough, if not impossible, for some forms of fishing.

With very few fishable days out wide around the continental shelf and beyond, although the area is still fishing well on those days when boats have been able to reach the good water. Yellowfin up to 20kg have been regular and striped marlin have been abundant when the boats have been able to brave the wind, although on many of these days the often big swell has made for some uncomfortable conditions.

On the inshore reefs some nice snapper, morwong, leatherjackets and flathead have been caught by those prepared to get up early for a few hours’ fishing before the weather again packs it in.

Plenty of sharks have been caught inshore and out wide with school sharks making up the bulk of the catch although makos, whalers and gummies are being caught as well.

Kingfish have been caught along the headlands with the best sports around the red buoy at South Head and down around Mowarrie Headland. Big soft plastic lures and metal jigs have been working well and poppers are worth a try when the fish are up near the surface.

These fish tend to be moving about a fair bit so it pays to look for bird activity and keep an eye on the depth sounder and then fish when the school is located.

Most of the kings are rats but there have still been fish caught around 10kg.

Jewfish up to 10kg have been caught on Aslings Beach on beach worms, while salmon and tailor have continued to be caught around the beaches and headlands.

The Kiah river is still fishing well for flathead, flounder, bream and whiting.

Early march is time for the annual week-long fishing competition in Eden with plenty of prizemoney up for grabs. The comp draws plenty of anglers to the area

Wonboyn has quietened down considerably with the fishing pressure all but disappeared now the holidaymakers have gone.

Fishing in the lake has been good with some flathead to 6kg continuing to bite. Let’s face it, not everyone releases these fish and in fact it is the minority of people who let these trophy fish go but the law stipulates that you can keep only one fish over 70cm.

Plenty of whiting have been caught in the front section of the lake with worms and nippers the best baits.

Salmon and tailor have been caught near the mouth and down at Greenglades. Pilchards have been the top bait and have had strong appeal for salmon averaging a healthy 2kg.

The lake entrance is starting to silt up again but those managing to cross the bar on the high tide have been catching some nice flathead in Disaster Bay.

It pays to experiment as this lure was the pick of the lot, catching bream and estuary perch.

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