|canberra, south coast & snowy mtns with rob paxevanos
Dated: 26 November, 2008
Rob's weekly fishing southern NSW report 0520 written for the week of Wednesday 26/11/2008
PLENTY OF FISH…IF YOU CAN OUT SMART THE WEATHER
There is some good fishing to be had, the real problem has been the weather; especially at the coast, but where there is a will there is usually a way to catch fish.
Many anglers keen to make the most of the excellent Albacore and yellowfin run along the Eurobodalla Coast have struggled to get out due to big swell or seas. On the odd occasion that the bigger boats have got the action has been fast once a school of tuna has been located.
If you can’t get out to the shelf the south coast blessed with a myriad of headlands facing in every imaginable direction, this means you can usually tuck in behind one to get some good shelter.
Spots to try include in and around Bawley Point, Kiola, Point Upright, Durras, Myrtle, Pretty Point, Congo, Potato Point and Narooma just to name a few.
There is several main strategies you can employ. I often have a quick troll around if I am after pelagics like kingfish, salmon or Tailor, and then pull up 90 minutes before the change of tide to target the bigger kingfish on live baits.
There is also an awesome new Japanese ‘Yabi’ jigs about to hit our shelves. I have seen them in overseas underwater videos; they are the most incredible imitation of a real squid you can imagine. Can’t wait to drop down to the big kings and Snapper when I get a chance!
Snapper are on the chew and cubing with pilchards will attract and hold a school if they are in the general vicinity. Carp strips have been the gun bait and it is not surprising Tiny from Rods and Tackle in Queanbeyan has been selling plenty of vacuum sealed carp fillets!
There is good numbers of slimies and/or yakkas hanging around the headlands too so if you run out of bait while out fishing these are a good back up.
Kayak anglers have been getting good numbers of Snapper by beach launching (where safe to do so) and tackling the nearby 10 to 20 meter reefs with 3” and 5” slams rigged on a 10 to 20 gram jig head.
If the weather is rough power boats really have consider exactly where to launch so that you can get to the sheltered headland without getting beat up on the way! If in doubt the estuaries have been producing fish, especially near the top of the incoming tide when the water is clearest.
Around the mouth of the Clyde there has been some reasonable Sand Flathead catches on the drift and a few Tailor squid and salmon closer to the reefs and rocks.
Wagonga has been producing a few legal sized Snapper, some good sized flathead and Tailor. Undersized pinkies can be a nuisance, but please use barbless or circle hooks to ensure their safe release and they will quickly grow into legal sized fish!
The lakes in and around Canberra are producing a few Golden Perch, the occasional Murray Cod and lots of redfin.
In particular Lake Burley Griffin and Googong Dam have been producing cricket score catches of Reddies. Phil Brumby has been casting around small slams and 5 cm rattling Rapalas from his Kayak and has caught dozens of fish every outing, and the great thing is the average size is often over 30 cm!
Redfin, also known as English Perch, are easy to clean and the ones out of clear water like pristine Googong dam are fantastically sweet table fish. Ice them down or refrigerate them for a day before filleting or skinning them, this keeps the flesh extra firm.
COD OPENING: NEW RULES
Freshwater anglers are reminded that the size limit for a Murray Cod will increase from 55cm to 60cm when the annual Murray Cod season starts on Monday 1 December, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said today.
“This is the second of two increases to the size limit of this species announced in August last year, and will provide better protection for immature fish and enhance their breeding opportunities,” Minister Macdonald said.
“Last year a record number of 781,190 Murray Cod fry and fingerlings, bred at NSW DPI Narrandera hatchery, were released under the program, and another 234,726 were stocked through the Dollar-for-Dollar schemes,” Mr Macdonald said.
That’s great news from the minister however meanwhile fish research and stocking programs at Berry, Griffith, Glen Innes, Condobolin, Gosford, Temora and Jindabyne are being closed thanks to that mini budget with the maxi kick!
Surveys have proven the Gaden Hatchery at Jindabyne alone brings in over 70 million tourism; such is the popularity of angling! Go figure.
See you on the water.
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|Phil Brumby with an average sized redfin. YUM!|
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