Keeping things interesting
Greg Clarke | November 2016

This time last year we were in full gamefishing mode, with striped marlin being caught all along the coast. Multiple hook-ups and several fish for the day were commonplace, and they weren’t as far out as stripes go, with many caught inside the 50 fathom line.
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The fish are fighting and biting!
Johnny Nolan | November 2016

November – an exciting time of year for fishers on the south coast of NSW. So much is happening or about to happen, let’s jump in and start with the offshore fishing! It’s usually the transition time for the offshore fishers where the last run of tuna for the season are caught before they vacate our waters over the warm water period. Striped marlin begin to show on the shelf in numbers at places like the Kink and the Canyons, depending on where the bait decides to hold up.
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Big kings on the prowl
Greg Clarke | October 2016

Lake Illawarra feeder streams have had some decent bream, but the real attraction is the huge amount of tiny baitfish around the snags and in the shallows. It looks like the flatties won’t be far off feeding, smacking plastics and bait.
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Weather working water wonders
Johnny Nolan | October 2016

With the mix of good and bad weather we’ve had over the past few months, there’s been some pretty good fishing. And if you’ve been able to pick your times, there are absolutely awesome days on the water to be had! Offshore, inshore and even from the shore, fishers are having some good success.
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Hooked on river fishing
Johnny Nolan | September 2016

We’ve had one of the worst winters I can remember – cold, windy and wet. September is going to be most welcome, especially by fishos who are shore bound over the winter months when they couldn’t line up fishing trips in the short breaks we had from the weather. Now that’s all behind us, we can look forward to a fishy spring and summer season, with good weather and plenty of fish, or can we?
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Dig deep, sea for yourself
Greg Clarke | September 2016

The snapper are just about finished in the closer reefs, now that the cuttlies have finished spawning. The odd cuttlefish may still be around, but with their departure goes the snapper.
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Last chance at a cuttlefish muncher
Greg Clarke | August 2016

There are still a few cuttlefish-munching snapper about like this, just the right size for the plate.

If you haven’t already got among the snapper, the first few weeks of this month will be your last chance to get out and into them before they start to taper off and move further offshore and along the coast.
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Snap out of the cold and into some snapper!
Johnny Nolan | August 2016

The author with a dusky flathead at perfect eating size from the upper Shoalhaven River caught on a Squidgy Prawn

Let’s kick August off on a positive note! I’m sure it’s going to be a windy month, it’s going to be cold and I’m positive that by now we are all looking forward to spring and summer. August is typically the windiest month for NSW with cold gusty westerly winds sweeping across the state bringing icy air from the alpine region.
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Find the floaters
Greg Clarke | July 2016

This is what you are looking for, a floater. The albatross and the snapper will demolish it in a short time. This one has already been chewed on.

This is it, we are right in the middle of snapper season all along the Illawarra coast. The new moon is at the beginning of the month, and the full moon is on the 20 July, so those two weeks in between should be prime snapper time.
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