Giant flathead offered in South Coast estuaries | The Canberra Times

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The near-perfect weather and water conditions on the south coast allowed holiday anglers to ring in the new year with some creditable catches. Meter-long flathead, kingfish over 70cm and whiting as long as your forearm were taken from the estuaries in the early days of 2022, when tens of thousands of visitors wet a line. It was a particularly exceptional summer for flathead. At least a meter more than one fish was caught in Tuross, and a few were taken from the spectacular little estuary of Dalmeny in the high 90s. Elsewhere it was not difficult to find large numbers of pan-sized lizards around 40 cm – perfect for the barbecue. Soft plastics are the lure. Because the water in the upper reaches of some systems is still somewhat discolored, the majority of fish have been hooked within a few hundred meters of the mouth of the estuary. This is also excellent land for whiting, with an increasing number of fish being reported on lures and fresh pincers. Specimens over 40 cm have been commonplace, mostly above the flats on the rising tide. Legal-sized kingfish make a splash in the estuary at Merimbula. A handful of kings over 70cm have been caught in the upper lake by anglers aiming for something smaller. There are piles of bait in the lake and this creates ideal conditions for other predators such as tailors and trophies. Offshore, fingers of warm currents have brought the first marlin of the season to the waters of Batemans Bay. The fish venture as far south as Moruya, but could arrive at Narooma and Bermagui any day. Snapper and flathead were reliable targets over the reefs, but kingfish were scarce. Around Canberra there is plenty of redfin tuna at Googong, along with the occasional cod and goldfish.

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