Rain Needed for Winter
  |  First Published: April 2009

All the rain that has fallen elsewhere in the state has missed the Far South Coast. The rivers and creeks are flowing at just a trickle, so rain is needed to inject some life back into the fishing for the months ahead.

Offshore action has been patchy. Only pan-sized snapper have been caught around the reefs, with the 3kg bigger fish uncommon.

Sand flathead and tiger flathead have been at their best around Disaster Bay. It’s a long way to travel but worth it if you get onto the fish.

Those chasing kingfish have had to do a bit of looking around to find them. Normally the fish are found around Mowarry Point but sometimes they disappear, travelling further along the headland towards Green Cape.

It pays to keep an eye out for any action, using either birds or your sounder as the guide to baitfish activity.

When heading out to the continental shelf chasing yellowfin tuna, keep an eye out for similar signs of these fish because you could be driving right over the top of them.

By early May the yellowfin should be on the go.

The best way of catching them at this time of year is to get a berley trail going and feed a bait down the trail.

This way is great fun, with the anticipation of the reel jumping into life as you are holding it really making the wait worthwhile.

This is also the time of year when albacore are also about.

Some good size gummy sharks have been caught inside Disaster Bay with decent fish in close near Shadracks Creek.

Respectably-sized salmon are about, with fish to 3kg along the beaches and headlands, with the average around 1.5kg.

Whiting and yellowfin bream have also been caught along the beaches, with the recent big seas stirring things up, which always improves the fishing.

Flathead are still being caught in the Kiah River and down at Wonboyn.

Bait fishers are doing well,and the soft plastics are catching a few.

Good-sized sand whiting have been caught around the shallow sand banks and drop-offs near the entrance. Worms, prawns and nippers have been the best baits.

Rain is needed in Wonboyn to really stir things up and the estuary perch fishing always improves after good rains.

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