FOR me, Autumn is one of the best times of year. The warmest days are not too hot, and nice stable conditions can last for days.
Inland is picture perfect with Autumn hues in the foliage and the native fish have a little go before winter sets in.
The coast often has good sea going conditions to make the most of the warmest currents and hottest fishing of the year. In the Snowy Mountains trout fishing picks up a gear too. Anglers really are spoilt for choice.
Starting on the coast and while there have been a few quiet days, the kingfish have been going really well once you locate a school. One group fished on a charter at Montague Island and caught 30 legal sized kings, the biggest of which was 90cm.
To top off the hot fishing, one of the kingfish was eaten by a marlin as it was being reeled in…the marlin put on a spectacular display before throwing the bait.
Among some of the regular hot spots such as Montague, Mowarry, Potato Point, the Banks and Five Islands, any of the headlands along the South Coast are worth a look.
Try trolling around half a dozen headlands to see what’s about. A loud lure like Clacking Magnum will soon tell you if the kings are there and on the chew.
you will find the large numbers of smaller fish trolling hard bodies at this time of year, but the average size is up this year, and some big ones have been in the mix.
Stopping to use jig, larger baits or burley can also bring out the bigger kings among the schoolies. High tide and/or dawn and dusk are prime times, while a strong current from the north is also idea.
But you just never know where and when the big ones will turn up…it’s just a matter of having a crack.