Far South Coast fishing report: July 16

Bluefin begin biting

After days of westerly winds, the weather finally settled down late last week and wasn't too bad in close for the weekend. A few boats took advantage of the break in the wind to travel out wide, and were rewarded with good sized bluefin tuna up to 50kg.

These catches mark the start of the bluefin season off Narooma and with reports of good sized bluefin still being taken in Tasmania and Victoria, we should be in for an excellent few weeks ahead as the fish head north.

On Monday the yellowfin and albacore made a surprise return, Playstation reported a catch of albacore and a 30kg yellowfin.

Most boats fishing wide on Monday reported catching yellowfin of various sizes. All eyes are on a patch of good water out wide at the moment, but when it comes in a bit closer to shore the action will really be on.

After an extended period of warm water, the water temperature has now dropped to 16.5c at Montague Island. Most fish will continue to bite in this cooler water until the dark water arrives.

If and when the dark water arrives look at other options, more about this in future articles.

The full moon last Saturday saw a few fishers land good sized gummy sharks close to shore. When you catch any shark for eating, always remember to gut the fish and cut the backbone at the rear of the head, and hang in the water for a couple of minutes. This removes any 'iodine' type odour and will make the flesh great eating. Also if you are unsure of what species of shark you have caught, remove the hook and return it to the water unharmed.

Kingfish and bonito were scarce in the last week, with only the occasional legal fish landed.

If you go fishing at Montague or Potato Point keep an eye on the sounder for any late schools which can still be coming through, there are sure to be some surprises left in this season.

Well-known local fisher Brian 'Bunny' Power is experiencing some of the hospitality from the staff at the Moruya Hospital after a bit of a turn during the week, 'Bunny' is one of those fishers who can sniff out a good feed of flathead anywhere, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Tip of the Week: When washing fishing reels don't use high water pressure, and afterwards spray with WD40 (it won't affect your line). Remember that Ocean Hut Compleat Angler can professionally service your reels to keep them in premium condition.

Joke of the Week: What day of the week do fish hate? Fryday’s…

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