Ocean waters are now approaching their warmest temperatures for the year. Migratory game and sport fish including all three marlin species, wahoo, dolphin fish (mahi mahi) and sharks are increasingly prolific. Hot spots include Gold Coast, Port Stephens and Narooma/Bermagui. Estuary fishing is great for flathead and whiting. Bass are biting in coastal rivers, mostly after dark.
Snapper season continues. King George whiting and garfish are abundant and willing. Yellowfin whiting are still thick on the South Australian flats and blue swimmer crabs are now in optimum condition and maximum numbers in the southern gulfs.
Pink snapper season re-opens in Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds, near Perth. Tailor numbers and sizes taper off. Good offshore fishing is available for demersal species. Spanish mackerel are present now from Shark Bay all the way south to Perth waters, along with some yellowfin tuna. Good crabbing, whiting and flathead are biting in the Swan and other southern estuaries. Marron season closes.
The wet season is typically at its peak early in the month. Some roads may be impassable for extended periods. Barra remain active in tidal waters. Great mangrove jack, fingermark and threadfin fishing is available, and good offshore opportunities exist when the weather permits.
High temperatures still limit daytime action on many inland waters. Best fishing tends to occur at dawn, dusk and throughout the night. Trout fishing is still a little slow on the mainland except at higher altitudes and in the depths of the lakes, but remains good to very good in Tasmania.
1 FEB: Barramundi season OPENS in Queensland
1 FEB: Pink snapper season OPENS in Cockburn & Warnbro Sounds, WA
1 FEB: Baldchin groper season OPENS in Abrolhos Islands waters, WA
5 FEB: Marron season CLOSES in WA (check local regulations)
14 FEB: Valentines Day… why not take your favourite Valentine fishing?