Fish feed up for Winter
  |  First Published: March 2008

Autumn is a great time to be fishing the South Coast. It has the best weather, with warm water and still days allowing the boats to get offshore in comfort.

Estuary and beach fishing is also productive in March as the fish feed up before the Winter sets in.

There has been good fishing on the shelf for striped marlin and striped tuna. Over coming months will also see yellowfin tuna improve.

Kingfish are still on the bite on the inshore reefs with the best action at Morwarry Point. The action is generally at its best around the full moon and new moon when the tidal flow is greatest.

Plenty of good sand and tiger flathead are being caught, along with pan-size snapper. The best areas to try are where the reef meets sand or over the gravely rubble areas.

Great wave action over the past few months has created some superb gutters along the beaches, which is just what was needed to stir up the fish.

Yellowfin bream and whiting are being caught, with beach worms and prawns the best baits.

Salmon are also about with good-sized fish around 2kg not in numbers, but that will change in coming months.

Metal lures retrieved at a fast pace will see good results. For bait it is hard to beat the blue pilchard.

Fishing the beaches at this time of year, there is a good chance of catching a jewfish. The best time is at the top of the tide just after dark.

The next few months are when the bigger jewies should make an appearance; they travel along the beaches around the time when the mullet start moving.

The estuaries have been good with flathead, bream and whiting taking bait and lures. Live mullet and live prawns are gun baits with very few fish able to resist a live prawn.

The flathead have been taking hardbodied lures and soft plastic lures with the black and gold Storm Wildeye Minnow a good choice of a hardbodied lure. Just twitch it along slowly giving it plenty of pauses.

For the flathead, the Strom Twitchin’ Nipper fished on a 7gm jighead is deadly when slowly rattled across the bottom.

Wonboyn has been fishing well for bream, flathead and some good estuary perch.

The front section has been fishing well for sand whiting caught on nippers and worms, with poppers catching some of the bigger fish.

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