WE’VE had some great weather days but even when the sun is shining, things can be difficult.
The current was ripping south at 1.6 knots or greater on Saturday making bottom bashing 125m down at the 12 Mile Reef very difficult.
One the positive side of things is that same current is good for kingfish at Montague Island.
Wazza from Lighthouse Charters reports that the water temp at the island was 17.4 degrees and current started pushing hard to the south on Saturday afternoon and he reckons if it clears up again, the kingies should fire.
The water out between the island and the 6 Mile Reef turned a horrible shade of green but this should clear up soon enough.
Speaking of changeable weather, Dash at the Ocean Hut wrote his weekend report on Friday morning saying the seas were fine, only to realise there was a bit of groundswell on that afternoon.
It was enough to put some visiting fishers off but it cleared as quickly as it came meaning Saturday was again good for boating.
Speaking of Dash’s report, here is a condensed version…
With whales and bait everywhere and the odd legal size kingfish at the island, one would think it's going to be an early season.
Last week the long-liners were bringing in bluefin tuna all week from down south roughly on the 150 line.
I would think the Potato Point reef would also be worth a look between the 50-70m mark for a snapper, mowies and other reef dwellers as well.
There have been some huge schools of stripies busting up on bait in several locations from the island to Potato Point so keep an eye out for those. Great fun to catch and an awesome bait.
For the flathead chasers, I would start looking in about the 30m mark and work my way out from there. Paternoster rigs with a mister twister on the top hook and nice fresh squid or tuna fillet on the bottom hook should bring rewarding results.
In a bit closer there has been some hot salmon action not too far behind the breakers tolling and casting lures.
Check out Brou, Potato Point through to Glasshouse Rocks.
ROCKS AND BEACH: It's been a fairly productive week along our beaches and rocks with the usual salmon and the odd tailor, as well as drummer, groper as well as the odd bream thrown in.
Early mornings are good but then the rising tide to the top at around 5pm will be your time to shine.
Best baits are going to be the trusty old pilchard on a Paternoster rig with a surf popper as the second hook. With squid or a flesh bait a good second choice.
Places to look are Brou, Mystery Bay, Corunna, Handkerchief and Tilba.
For the rock hoppers, places to start looking would be Dalmeny headland, Narooma Golf course rocks, Glasshouse Rocks, Corunna head, Fullers head and 1080.
If chasing drummer, bream or groper then cunjevoi and mullet gut will produce best results while a flesh bait like tuna fillet, mullet fillet or slimy will make a good second choice.
And if you’re hoping for a pelagic like a salmon, tailor or one of the tuna family then a live bait like a yakka or slimy under a float will be dynamite. And for the lure chuckers, a metal in about the 40-60gm or a popper around 100mm should do the trick.
ESTUARY AND RIVERS: Wagonga is fishing well for flathead and tailor. The lure of choice was the Gulp 4" Pumpkinseed Grub.
Reports from Mummaga are also good with good numbers of flathead being caught on plastic lures in about the 3".
There are also a few luderick around for the float watchers. The good news is here there is plenty of weed around at the moment.
Tuross is still fishing well with plenty of flathead on both plastics and blades. While a few bream, trevally and tailor have been very responsive to both plastics and blades.
Remember you will always get better results from fishing lures when you fish them slow! Most of the action is around “4 Ways” while I heard a whisper a couple of jewies caught above the highway bridge.
Definitely worth a look they seem to follow the whiting and mullet up the river this time each year.
No real reports from Corunna Lake but being closed one would think it will be around October before it will fire up again. - Cheers Dash.
Bass, perch season reopens
FISHERS can get back to targeting some of Australia’s great native sports fish, with the annual three month closed season for Australian bass and estuary perch ending on September 1.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Recreational Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway said an annual zero bag limit for the species is in place in all rivers and estuaries (except in impoundments and in rivers above impoundments) from June 1 to August 31 to protect the vulnerable species during spawning.
“Both Australian bass and estuary perch form schools and migrate to parts of estuaries with the correct salinity over late autumn and early winter to trigger spawning," he said.
“When they are in these large groups they can be vulnerable to fishing, so a three month zero bag limit for these fish applies.
“The spawning period for these species has now finished with many returning to their spring and summer feeding grounds higher up in the catchment.
“From September 1, fishers are once again permitted to take these native species, however bag limits will apply.
“These include a total bag limit of two Australian bass or estuary perch per person or a combination of both with a possession limit of four.
“And only one of the fish is permitted to be over 35 cm in length when fishing in rivers.”
Information on freshwater fishing rules can be found in the NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide available from DPI Fisheries offices, online, at fishing licence agents and bait and tackle shops.
Help with fish research
RECREATIONAL fishers are being encouraged to play a key role in research by donating their catches of fish to help scientists from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) gain more information for monitoring fish stocks so they can be managed efficiently and effectively.
The NSW Research Angler Program is a new project established using funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust, which relies on the enthusiasm of the State’s one million recreational fishers to collect vital biological information on the fish they catch.
The two-year program is commencing with one of the State’s most iconic recreational species, Mulloway.
Mulloway have been selected as a priority species for study due to their popularity and ongoing concerns for the health of the mulloway stock.
Mulloway stocks in NSW are currently assessed as being overfished and new management arrangements are currently being considered to assist with rebuilding the population to a more healthy state.
Fishers are being asked to donate the frames (skeletons including heads) from fish they catch and choose to keep at participating tackle stores along the NSW coast from Tweed Heads to Bermagui.
The program continues until September 2015. Monthly prizes are drawn at the end of each season.
Further details including participating tackle stores are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/recreational/researchangler
Top anglers awarded at Club Dalmeny Presentation Night
CLUB Dalmeny Fishing Club held its 2013 Presentation Night last Saturday night.
Awards galore were presented at Club Dalmeny with a fine, three-course meal supplied by the club on our annual night of nights.
In the Ladies section, the highest point scorer went to Enid Davies with 660 points recorded.
Lisa Rix won just about everything else including Ladies Biggest Fish, Ladies Most Meritorious (in comp), as well as Ladies Most Meritorious (out of comp). Well done Lisa on these fine achievements.
In the Men's divisions, the Highest Points Score went to the most adventurist fisho in our ranks with Graham Sawyer recording a massive 2380 points for the year.
Todd Ayers cleaned up the biggest fish and Men's Most Meritorious (in comp) awards and fellow fisho Ray Binskin won the Most Meritorious (out of comp) award for the year.
The Top Boat award went to “Blue Roo” with a massive 3340 points recorded and the Keith Howick Top Snapper award went to the snapper king of the year in Matty Tubb, with a 2.124kg fish recorded.
The presentation was followed by a night of dance floor frolics, which included “Tip Toe Thru The Tulips” Dicko, preluded by the lucky door prize of an $100 open order at Dalmeny IGA which was won by the very popular local identity in “Whacker”, and we reckon that a $100 worth of prime fillet steak should result in a “local” barbecue for all mates and sundry "very soon"! How about it mate?