Offshore, ocean waters are warming fast, bringing an annual influx of tropical species south on the East Australian Current. Whiting, flathead and garfish are highly active in estuarine waters. Strong currents may hamper offshore reef fishing at times. Bass fishing is good in coastal rivers, especially at dawn, dusk and after dark.
Snapper season continues. King George whiting and garfish are biting well. Yellowtail kingfish and some bluefin tuna are present offshore, along with increasing numbers of sharks. In South Australia, yellowfin whiting are aggregating on the inshore flats. Blue swimmer crab numbers are also increasing in the southern gulfs.
Tailor are abundant in metro’ waters and there’s good offshore fishing for demersal species, as well as juvenile southern bluefin tuna and Samson fish. Spanish mackerel begin to range as far south as Perth. Cobia are biting in northern waters. Blue swimmer (manna) crabs are available in south western estuaries, along with whiting and flathead. Marron season opens this month.
This is typically the wettest month of the year in the north, with a high risk of tropical lows and cyclones forming. Some roads may be impassable. Barra are active in tidal waters. Good offshore fishing is available when conditions allow.
1 JAN: New Years Day
1 JAN: Trolling ban ENDS on the Murray River in South Australia
8 JAN: Marron season OPENS in WA (check local regulations)
26 JAN: Australia Day