Get tout there while it lasts
  |  First Published: April 2008

The past month has seen consistent rain on the Far South Coast and as we head into Winter, now is the time to get out there and enjoy the offshore fishing before it all comes to an end.

Offshore fishing has been good for striped marlin, striped tuna and yellowfin tuna.

Just to the south of Eden there has been a water temperature change, which is always a good area to be fishing.

Over the next few months the bigger yellowfin tuna should be moving by. An exciting way of catching these fish is by berleying with cubes of tuna or cut pilchards and then feeding a cube with a hook in it, or a live bait, down the trail. By cubing with either striped tuna or pilchards in the area where the fish are it is possible to bring the tuna right to the boat, sometimes even resulting in double hook-ups. It is real hands-on fishing.

Among the cubes it can often pay to have a livie, either a yakka or slimy mackerel, swimming around and this is often preferred when the fish are finicky.

Albacore also love coming into the cube trail and they are an exciting fish to catch and good eating.

Plenty of anglers prefer cubing for tuna because trolling around the ocean waiting for a strike can become boring.

Closer to shore, around Mowarry Point, kingfish are still about with jigging, trolling and live baits still catching fish.

Fishing over the reefs has been good for pan-sized snapper with some good morwong also being caught.

Flathead are also about and it hasn’t taken too long for most anglers to come back with a good feed.

The rain has kept all the rivers and creeks flowing, which is always good for estuary fishing.

The Kiah River and Wonboyn have been fishing well for flathead with soft plastics cast in the shallows the most productive method.

It often pays to try a few different colours to try to find the lure the fish prefer.

Black and yellowfin bream are being caught on bait and lures.

This is also the time of yeah when the bigger jewfish should put in an appearance with being the mouth of the High River a good area to try.

Fishing on the beaches has been good, particularly when there is a bit of swell around to stir up the water a little.

Plenty of reason to be happy 96cm of Flathead Weighing 7kg

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