Rivers are still up
  |  First Published: July 2010

More rain has fallen on the Far South Coast, which has been a blessing since in the past few years we have seen little.

The Kiah and Wonboyn rivers are still slowing well after a few days of flowing at 1.5m higher than usual levels. This rainfall is critical for the bass as river rises at this time of year to allow the fish to move to the salt for breeding.

Not only will the bass benefit from a good flush of freshwater, so will estuary species like bream, perch and flathead.

Anglers have been trying to get offshore over the past month because this time of year you can expect to catch yellowfin tuna, striped tuna, albacore, sharks and bluefin tuna. The weather, however, has had other ideas; wind and swell have limited the number of days one has been able to venture offshore.

When the weather has permitted, the fishing has been patchy but fish are there to be caught if you persist.

There have been plenty of striped tuna about inside the continental shelf but those chasing southern blues have been heading a long way offshore, to the second drop-off, where fish to 70kg have been caught but the average is around 45kg.

Yellowfin have been caught but there is a lot of water between fish.

Closer to shore, there have been some good captures by those chasing snapper, with fish to 3kg caught and encouraging reports coming from those using soft plastic lures.

Sand and tiger flathead are still about, but a bit of moving around is required to locate the fish. Once found, it doesn’t take long to catch a good feed.

Plenty of salmon to around 2kg are moving around the headlands and local beaches.

Some big blackfish are about, with fish caught off the rocks and in the estuaries.

Those who have yet to put in some time chasing blackfish will be surprised at what a challenge they provide and how good they taste when they are bled and prepared properly for the table.

In the estuaries, yellowfin and black bream are being caught along with tailor and flathead.

The good fishing should continue, with the colour of the water after the recent rain ideal for lure fishing.

Rob Clayton with a well-conditioned black bream.

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