Summer rush for perfect catch

Luke from Leisure Coast Bait and Tackle at Corrimal reported the summer weather and an influx of visitors has seen the Illawarra move well into holiday mode.

Hooked: Denzel Amone shows off his two kilogram luderick, which was reeled in Sussex Inlet. Send your fishing photos to garywade@tpg.com.au.

Hooked: Denzel Amone shows off his two kilogram luderick, which was reeled in Sussex Inlet. Send your fishing photos to garywade@tpg.com.au.

Out wide the fishing is still little bit on the slow side, with water temperatures again dropping from what they were a week ago.

However, it won’t be for long as offshore currents and sea surface monitors indicate that another patch of water about to purge down our coastline.

We should start to see our annual run of billfish at our usual haunts in the coming weeks and it is well in reach of the trailer boat brigade.

Working a tightly bound bait ball with live bait should see you get into the action. 

There have been some early dollies on the Fisheries FADS but they are way undersize just yet.

Closer to shore the fishing has still remained tough, but persistence should see you return with a good feed of fish like snapper.

Morwong and pigfish are all holding on the in shore reefs as well as some big kingfish.

Flathead should still be in abundance once the current abates enough for you to get a bait down to the bottom.

Boat etiquette is of the upmost importance this time of year with a lot of new boaters to the area so if you see someone having a hard time, offer to lend them a hand to avoid the chaos that can sometimes occur especially at Bellambi ramp at low tide.

Beaches continued to fish well for all bread and butter species, such as bream whiting and flathead.

After dark there is a chance of a mulloway with the upcoming moon phase.

Lake Illawarra is firing at present even with the crowds, there are plenty of blue swimmer crabs about as well as flathead bream and whiting. 

Don’t forget that the Department of Primary Industries is having a blitz on crabbing at present, so make sure your pots are labelled correctly and you adhere to your bag limits.

  • For more information on the latest in the Illawarra and South Coast fishing, visit Gary’s website at reeldealfishing.com.au or email him at garywade@tpg.com.au. Have a happy and safe New Year on the water.
Tidal information from the Bureau of Metorology website, bom.gov.au

Tidal information from the Bureau of Metorology website, bom.gov.au

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