Water temperatures continue to drop, but many warm water pelagics linger, especially further north. Some nice mackerel may still be encountered in far northern NSW and SE QLD, with yellowfin tuna and albacore further south. Broadbill swordfish are still a good prospect in the depths. Estuary action slows a little now, with the emphasis moving from flathead and whiting to bream and blackfish (luderick), although mulloway are still biting well in places, including river mouths, beaches and along rocky headlands.
Southern bluefin tuna are running well now, especially between Warrnambool and Port MacDonnell. These are mostly “school fish”, but there’s always the possibility of a few jumbos. Larger winter King George are biting well, especially in the SA gulfs.
Snapper are plentiful on inshore reefs, along with Samson fish, skippy (silver trevally) and good squid, especially over inshore weed beds. Look for snapper from the shore after storms. Salmon may still be present as far north as Perth and mulloway are available on many beaches, although tailor are now relatively scarce. Mackerel season in full swing in northern waters, and there’s very good giant trevally fishing further north.
Waters are now at their coolest and barra can become very lethargic and hard to tempt, especially with lures. Live and dead baits may be a better option. Offshore, pelagics such as mackerel, trevally, queenfish and small billfish are increasingly abundant, although south easterly trade winds can limit opportunities at times. Reef fishing is good.
Waters cool fast now and fishing action slows, although some big Murray cod continue to be taken by keen anglers, especially in the dams. Trout are off limits in many streams due to closed seasons, but some good lake fishing is still on offer.
1 JUN: Bass season CLOSES in Queensland tidal waters.
1 JUN: Murray cray season opens in designated NSW and VIC waters.
Midnight Mon Long Weekend in JUN: Trout season (in streams) CLOSES in NSW & VIC.