AS spring draws near the days are getting longer and this dictates the movement of some fish.
This ‘can’ be a great time of year to fish for many species…but that still doesn’t mean you will get the type of fish you are after every outing.
Over the last week or two I’ve had lots of mixed reports and this will help me paint a realistic picture of what you might expect to find when you wet a line.
For a start, Brian Morris and friends targeted the salmon on the surf beaches at Batemans Bay.
On day one they got zip…but not to be disheartened they visited the same beach the next day and used the same technique and caught a few solid sambo’s.
Interestingly the baits that were put on sloppily by the beginners in the group worked best.
It just goes to show that while skill works best in the long run, a little luck in landing your bait near a hungry fish can sometimes make all the difference.
On the snapper scene the rough weather preventing boats from getting to sea has worked in the angler’s favour.
Not only has it stirred up the food in close drawing in snapper, it has meant the snapper anglers will target during the next calm spell will be less line shy.
This is a common pattern with many fish the world over.
During the start of the last calm spell a week or so ago, sizable snapper were caught at many of the regular haunts and even spots near larger cities like Wollongong Reef.
Effectively, snapper between two-six kilograms moved into all these spots (and many other spots) and experienced anglers found they were there to be caught, unless of course you were unlucky…
Put simply, if the fish are not there on when you drop your line you can use every trick in the book for just a few small pinkies.
That being said, when the good fish are there it’s a massive help to know what to do. I guess what I am saying is that fishing is a percentage game.
In the estuaries, flattys are on the move after their winter break and you can improve your chances by moving about until you find a few.
Good spots include Durass, Tuross, Wallaga, St Georges Basin and the Shoalhaven just to name a few.
In the Snowies, declared trout rivers and streams are closed to fishing, but post spawn brown trout entering the lakes are legally targetable.
These fish are typically hungry due to the rigors of spawning and this is magnified by the fact that it is not quite warm enough yet for stacks of small food morsels to be out and about.
This is the best time of year to fool big browns, they respond very well to bait lure and fly, but you still need to get your offering in front of their nose.
Sight fishing is my preference if calm sunny conditions are available- take your time to spot fish and then cast at them and you can catch good browns with much less skill at this time of year.