Offshore comes to life
  |  First Published: April 2010

Over the next couple of months the fish and the weather conditions combine to make keen offshore anglers come to life and local anglers visitors are rarely left disappointed.

Warm currents and plenty of fish are the norm with kingfish, bonito striped tuna, yellowfin tuna, albacore and striped marlin all available to those heading offshore.

This year has been the best for at least the past decade for bonito.

It could be the big rains on the North Coast forcing fish further south but whatever the reason, the fishing has been spectacular with bonito between 1kg and 4kg caught on all styles of lures and a variety of baits.

Bonito are a great eating fish, Just remember, as with other tuna, don’t overcook them.

Kingfish are still on the chew with fish caught all along South Head down to Green Cape.

Further offshore, out around 40 fathoms, yellowfin tuna to 30kg have been caught and fishing should only improve over the coming months.

Cubing for albacore and yellowfin along the continental shelf will be the way to get among the fish. Striped marlin have also been caught out along the shelf.

The beaches have been excellent with big schools of salmon on the move around all the local beaches and headlands. In among the salmon there have been some big tailor.

Some good catches of yellowfin bream have been reported by those fishing the washes and gutters with beachworms and prawns.

Sand whiting are also being caught along the beaches on worms.

The estuaries have been quite good with the water starting to clear after the flooding rains, and the good flush benefited all the rivers.

Flathead and bream have been on the chew in the Kiah River and Wonboyn Lake.

The rains at Wonboyn has been great for clearing out the entrance, allowing boats to head out to Disaster Bay and chase a feed of fish.

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