It’s all coming alive
  |  First Published: December 2007

The fishing forecast for the holiday period is looking to great with offshore, beach, rocks and estuaries all coming alive.

One thing to remember when fishing over Summer is that the wind can blow up mid-morning, so it pays to get up early to get the best conditions.

Out wide, the continental shelf has been fishing well with plenty of boats bagging out on albacore. They are a great sportfish and one of the best eating of all the tunas.

As the water warms, the odd big yellowfin is getting in on the action and it won’t be too long before the striped marlin put in an appearance.

In closer, the kingfish are certainly about but due to fluctuating water temperatures they tend to be on one day and shut down the next.

However, over coming months fishing for kingies will really improve. On your way out, keep an eye out because there could be whales not too far from shore.

Fishing the inshore reefs has been good with pinkie snapper, leatherjackets and morwong making for good feed. Fishing for sand and tiger flathead has been good and should only improve as the water warms.

Rock fishing has fired up with excellent catches of drummer and blackfish around the washes.

Anyone who has fished for drummer knows how hard these fish pull. Many a hook-up ends with a bust-off as these fish head for cover. Good gear is needed to stop them before they get going.

Good-sized blackfish also know where to head when hooked but they make good fun and a top feed.

Salmon and tailor are also being caught around the headlands by those spinning with metal lures or fishing with pilchards on a ganged-hook rig.

Fishing at Wonboyn has been a bit hit-and-miss. When it fires it is great but it can often be tough – two or three fish for a long day’s fishing is not good. Having said that, the next day it could fish excellently – that’s fishing!

One group of anglers had a good day on the bream with some nice fish caught on little sinking hardbody lures.

I have also had good results when using the little Storm Minnow Stick around structure such as oyster racks and rock bars.

The Kiah River has been fishing well for flathead and yellowfin bream. Recent rain has meant all the little rivers and creeks are still flowing which is great for bass fishing over the Summer.

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