Game season approaches
  |  First Published: November 2009

Game fishers are getting excited as yellowfin tuna numbers continue to increase.

The fish are widespread from the 60-fathom line to the second drop-off, with the water hovering around 19°. Most are school fish averaging 30kg, though larger models have been encountered.

Albacore have also been also plentiful with fish to 12kg common. These great eating fish have been more prolific from the shelf to the second drop-off.

Big bonito have been hammering the bait schools. These guys are great sport and not bad on the plate if looked after correctly.

Troll smaller deep-diving minnows over the shallower grounds south of Montague, especially if the current is pushing hard to the south. You’ll get the odd kingfish to 10kg over these shallower sections, too.

Almost all the local reefs north and south of Narooma are holding fish with the best Potato Point to the north. Snapper to 3kg have been caught recently, with local angler Graham Sawyer getting amongst them.

This action will continue right through summer. The reds will get a little smaller but kingfish are a huge possibility. As we head further into December, expect the water temperature to rise sharply and bring striped marlin.


Wagonga Inlet is fishing nicely with big flathead, mulloway, tailor, bream, snapper and whiting all having a chew at certain times.

The mulloway action is the best seen for years with great success on bait and lures.

Most of the fish have been hooked during the day, with tide changes and fishing concentrations the key. I know of at least nine fish from 6-16kg caught on soft plastics and many more lost over the previous week or so.

The guys using bait have also had a field day with fish to 11kg caught on live tailor, squid and yellowtail.

This action should continue for a few months.

The flatties have really fired too with fish to 70cm quite common. While guiding there the other day we had a great session, which yielded five duskies over 65cm including two crocs over 85cm.


To the north, Tuross has produced some great bass action with fish to 42cm caught on various crankbaits, surface plugs and soft plastics.

The latest spate of hot weather has really turned on these guys and all looks promising for a fantastic season.

The upper reaches are certainly the place to fish and having a canoe will certainly help.

The lower sections of the Tuross River have been great for flathead and catches of 10 or more have been the norm. This will slow down a lot as we head into the busier holiday period.

There’ll be great whiting action this month with squirt worms, nippers, small worm imitation soft plastics and unweighted surface lures all working at times. Surface lures like walkbaits and poppers will also produce.

The beach action has been steady without being red-hot. Bream and whiting have been around but hard to entice to bite. Anglers who have downsized their tackle have had best success with live worms, pipi and fresh peeled prawns being the best baits.

The surface pelagic action should get better as we head further into Summer with kingfish, striped tuna and frigate mackerel all possible early in the mornings with chrome slices. Try Dalmeny Headland, the Golf Course Rocks or Mystery Bay.

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