Top tuna season down south, while the whiting are biting

Thumbs up: The wild, wet weather and flooding intervened but until then tuna season was going very well.

We have had our share of floods in the past, so we can sympathise with those in Queensland and NSW who are trying to recover from their latest inundation.

I spoke to John Liddell in Eden and Graham Cowley in Narooma. Both said they had not been flooded. The only concern was possible landlides, but so far so good.

Both said the fishing had been affected by the floods, with silt showing up about 4km offshore.

Graham said the inlet at Narrooma was closed off by dangerous seas.

Prior to the rains, some yellowfin tuna were taken off the shelf at both Narooma and Eden. Graham said only rat-size kingfish were being caught, but there had been an increase in dolphin fish. He said he rated them as the best eating fish around his region and on a par with flathead.

At Eden, John said the inshore fishing was being affected by a couple of large commercial operators reaping over a hundred tons of fish per week. He said that while they were operating legally, they were affecting the fishing.

Down south at Queenscliff, Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters was having a much better time of things. Rod said there was nothing better to pump the adrenaline than the scream of the drag of a game reel when it has been taken by a tuna, and so far he had been experiencing some of the best tuna fishing in the region for many years.

On the other side of things, big kingfish have come on the bite and Rod said two of the best fighting fish going around were providing all the action for angles.

Rod had also been catching salmon, mainly on the run-out tide in the rip. He said schools of bait fish and krill were attracting the salmon, while whiting, trevally and calamari were also biting in the grass beds near the mouth of Swan Bay and on the opposite side of the bay around Sorrento and Point Nepean.

Some pinky snapper were also being caught on some inshore reefs while flathead were biting on the sandy bottom between the reefs.

Western Port is also worth a try and flathead, pinky snapper and leatherjacket are being caught along the edge of the shipping lanes while whiting are biting on the inshore grass beds.

A trip to Flinders Island is worthwhile according to James Luddington. He said good-sized flathead, gummy shark, an occasional snapper and whiting were being caught around the islands at Lady Barron.

Around our neck of the woods, cod, yellowbelly and some square perch are being caught.

The Goulburn, Broken and Murray rivers did not suffer too badly from the recent rains. Lake Eildon is, as always, fishing well. Redfin were being caught among the tree lines around Bonnie Doon, Peppin Point and Jamieson, but by far Lake Hume is the Mecca for redfin.

With some big fish among the catch, worms, shrimp, small yabbies as well as lures have been getting results. Once a school of fish is located, when you hook up, do not be in a hurry to bring it in; a fish on the hook will attract others.

If you are after trout, the rivers and streams in the north-east are worth a try. Both brown and rainbow are being caught. Anglers using spinners, hard-body minnow-style lures as well as fly fishing and bait casting are getting good results. Fish up to a kilogram are being taken.

Some of the High Country water storages are worth trolling a Ford Fender; Trailing either a lure or a bunch of worms or a mud-eye is catching trout. Best time is early morning, just on sunrise, when the fish are feeding near the surface, but later in the day you will need to fish deeper.

This is a long weekend, so be aware of extra traffic on the roads. If you are going away, perhaps to your favorite fishing spot, drive carefully, don’t drink and drive, take rest breaks and don’t speed.

Keep an eye on weather forecasts. If it looks like heavy rain, take all safety precautions.

Have a good time and catch plenty of fish.

Strike Tiger Plastics.

Trelly has doubled up on the range of colors and sizes with 3″ Curl Tails, 1.5″ Curl Tails, Mudeyes and more.

These Tassie exports were designed for use on lake and river trout, but they are very popular for use on redfin and perch.

Yeti’s new seasonal colours.

Fancy keeping cool in Bimini Pink or Offshore Blue?

Yeti is a market leader in keeping things cool and Colster stubby holders, ramblers, 26oz-36oz bottles, wine tumblers and more are on the shelves at Trelly’s from today.

There are limited stocks, so get in before Trelly does.

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