Fish, fish and more fish! That has been the story over the past month with estuaries, offshore and Twofold Bay all going great guns.
The timing of these fish was perfect for the travelling angler and family and the best bit is, I can see it running hot for the next few months all the way to Easter.
Exceptional action has been experienced on kingfish, especially down around Mowarry Point, where big numbers of fish have been caught.
Storm soft plastic lures and metal jigs have been very popular but more and more boats are now trolling live baits and bibbed lures.
The bigger fish seem to come from live-baiting, so I say throw a live bait down and jig with another rod to cover all bases. Then see what's working and stick with that method.
A big number of these kingfish are just under legal 65cm, so remember to measure them carefully and release the rats unharmed.
Charter boats from Eden are having sessions of around 60 fish and while there are a lot of smaller fish it’s the 8kg, metre-long fellas that keep us on our toes.
So if you are thinking are going on a charter for kingfish, February is your month. They will fire while the bait is around and the water is warm so once you hit town, head down to the wharf to find a charter boat and you won’t be disappointed.
The inshore reefs are fishing well for snapper and morwong on bait and soft plastics so try both until a method stands out for you. The common 2kg fish are great fun on light gear and these are also the best on the dinner plate.
The flathead drifters are doing well down at Disaster Bay, picking up some good ones, and gummy sharks are also taking their baits. You don’t need to go too far – if you head north to the Pinnacles you should also be able to find a feed.
Offshore fishos are out chasing the yellowfin tuna and with reports of a few around, it looks good for coming months.
Marlin also are February targets. Trolling live baits or skirted lures are the most popular techniques, with striped marlin from 70kg up the main customers. You just never know so get offshore, find your bait and work it; these amazing fish will be where the bait is.
The beaches around Eden have had some great gutters with yellowfin bream and whiting best on the incoming tide. Salmon have been around and can turn up at any time.
The estuaries have been fishing well with plenty of flathead on soft plastic shads just let sink. Then lift the rod with a whipping action.
The lake and river at Wonboyn have been popular. I have heard a few reports of jewfish after dark so if you’re prepared to put the time in, anything is possible with these fish. You might miss out or you might bag out.Reads: 1994