Rivers sorely need rain
  |  First Published: October 2008

With Summer around the corner, rain is badly needed on the Far South Coast to get the rivers flowing.

Little rain over Winter means the rivers are only a trickle and won’t take long to dry up.

And the water that is there is crystal-clear and that always makes the fishing tricky.

The past month has seen some good tailor caught at Wonboyn. The best action has been early in the morning trolling lures or casting around the weed beds near the deeper areas of the lake.

With the warmer weather the flathead are starting to fire up in the shallows around Wonboyn with good fish being caught on shallow-running lures such as the Storm Wildeye Minnow. Soft plastics have also accounted for their share of fish.

This is the time of year when you often encounter big flathead as they shake off the lethargy of Winter.

Wonboyn is great place to spend a day on the water, as my clients recently found with a day of lure fishing yielding plenty of action on flathead, bream, founder and tailor on a variety of lures.

Flathead have also stared to come on the bite in the Kiah River, with things only likely to get better as it warms up.

This is also the time when the bigger jewies of the season put in an appearance in the estuaries.

Offshore, it won’t be long before the warm current delivers the fish and that will spark the bigger boats to head out wide to chase yellowfin tuna and, shortly after, striped marlin.

Closer to shore, the kingies will start to fire up.

At present snapper are still being caught with most of the fish only pan-sized but the odd fish weighs up to 2kg.

Flathead and gummy sharks are also being caught from the Pinnacles around to North Head.

The beaches will only get better as the water warms, bringing more variety to the fishing such as yellowfin bream and whiting. At present salmon and tailor are being caught on lures and bait.

Those putting in the time over the coming months could expect to catch a jewie fishing into the night around the full moon.

Gavin Joyce with a 71cm flathead caught on a Storm Wild Eye Minnow.

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