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Summer and salmon come early
  |  First Published: December 2009



The hot days, flats seas, muggy stormy nights that we have been having recently are typical of January.

January is a time when big salmon and small yellowtail kingfish can provide a fantastic sports fishing option in the Killarney/Basin area. The last couple of seasons though have been rather disappointing.

However there have already been some good schools of big salmon, some around 8lb, caught in the area. No kings have been spotted yet but hopefully they’re not too far away.

Best results are taken by anglers trolling soft plastic lures around the shallow reef areas, but always check conditions and be wary of breaking waves.

The good run of whiting around the Killarney area slowed with the calmer weather but these succulent battlers will be present during January.

Inshore snapper fishing was quiet recently, but pinkies should be everywhere this month. Better quality snapper are still being taken further offshore in around 30-40m of water, along with the odd gummy and school shark. A few sharks have been also caught off the beaches, particularly east down towards Peterborough, but they haven’t been as consistent as you would have thought given the awesome weather.

Estuary Perch and Bream

The warm, muggy nights have been producing some champagne estuary perch fishing in the Hopkins River. Whilst the size of the fish hasn’t been awesome, most fish have been between 30-38cm, but when they’re smashing surface lures off the top it’s all good fun.

Floating Rapalas twitched on the surface have been the ‘go-to’ lure.

The bream have also been getting into the top water fishing act, sucking down lures off the top or taking lightly weighted resin-head plastics. One morning the fish weren’t responding to surface techniques so a quick change to the vibe produced a good bag of bream to 42cm and perch to 36cm in no time.

The Curdies River is also beginning to start seeing bream responding to edge-bite techniques. The estuary at Yambuk fired recently with plenty of fish around the kilo mark encountered.

This system often fishes well over summer as the mouth often closes and the resulting rise in water level makes angling easier. The Moyne River has produced a few silver trevally recently; haven’t heard of any mulloway though. Heavy rain stopped me from having a serious look last full moon.

The harbor area at Warrnambool has been producing plenty of cowanyoung which are good fun for the kids or a great way to stock up on bait for what hopefully will be a long hot summer.

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