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Sensational times
  |  First Published: April 2008



This is a top month for getting into some sensational fishing.

The estuaries are producing magnificent opportunities for switched-on anglers and casual danglers alike.

The great run of whiting in the Tuross system continues to draw many anglers. Whether you choose to chase the fish on bait or poppers, they seem to be in abundance on the flats.

There have been rumours of fish nearing the magic 50cm mark and whiting in the mid-40s are reasonably commonplace.

Ray Smith has still been consistently scoring whiting with poppers and has also been doing well wading the flats after dark. The key, he reckons, to night success on the whiting is to fish the run-up tide to avoid the treble hooks continually fouling on floating ribbon weed.

Once the tide is running out, the task of popping blindly in the dark is made impossible thanks to the weed. Ray has been scoring up to a dozen fish some nights so it is certainly effective.

Phil Petridis has been taking his new little tinny into some sneaky spots and rousing a plethora of big and hungry bream into eating his plastics. Phil says the bream have been shamelessly scoffing down his offerings, at times only one metre from his boat.

Some quality flathead have been keeping Moruya River fishos happy but be aware of the Marine Park restrictions because a number of fines have been served to anglers flaunting the rules.

Make sure you stick to the ocean side of the weir or face the consequences. It is well signposted so you really have no excuses.

And it isn’t the only place where people have been issued with a fine and $2200 is not something you really want to part with, I am sure.

At the entrance, the Moruya breakwall has been turning on a decent show of tailor, particularly on the beach side of the wall.

The baitfish they are feeding on have been pretty small so give the ganged pilchards less attention and opt for spinning some slow to medium-paced action lures. Anything flashy in the 20g to 40g range that doesn’t require a flat-out retrieve will do the trick.

If there is some heavy cloud cover or you are fishing in low light then go for a white lure.

SNAPPER TIME

For offshore anglers, now is the time to get serious on snapper – not that the past few months have been quiet because there have been plenty around already.

Some decent reds over the old-fashioned 10lb mark have been captured on bait and plastics.

It really gets my casting arm twitching when the snapper are likely to be taking up residence in the shallows.

Catching snapper in water so shallow that you can see the bottom is seriously heart-in-the-mouth angling. Any decent-sized fish always has a howling opening run that truly gets the adrenaline spiking.

There may even be one or two cuttlefish showing up at the end of the month, which as always has the reds hitting fever pitch.

Kingfish have been abundant on the popular reefs but most have been just either side of the 65cm legal limit.

As yet there hasn’t really been much big fish action but I’d wager that will all change this month. Big slimy mackerel, squid, frigate mackerel, small bonito, pike and garfish would be the type of baits to avoid the runts.

Off the beaches, whiting numbers have been staggering with many anglers regularly seeing fish cruising the shallows.

Some of the smaller, less obvious beaches have been turning on some red-hot action. Make sure you take the time to get some fresh beach worms because those frozen bought ones just don’t work well enough.

Bream will be big drawcards off the beaches over the next few months. Washy corners adjacent to rocks produce the kind of water you want to cast to.

Oily fish baits or crab segments work well, as do fresh squid strips. I can attest to the bream’s love of squid because many a whole squid aimed at beach jewfish has come back looking like Swiss cheese!

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