Ocean waters are still very warm. Great fishing for marlin, wahoo, dolphin fish (mahi mahi) and sharks. Yellowfin tuna numbers also increasing. Flathead, whiting and bream are active in estuaries and along the beaches. Bass are still biting, but may begin to drop downstream later in the month, especially after rain.
Snapper season continues. There’s good King George whiting action. Southern bluefin tuna, Samson fish and kingfish are all in good numbers offshore and become more accessible as weather settles. Blue swimmer crabs continue in good numbers in the South Australian gulfs. Garfish are abundant in calm weather.
Great tailor fishing in metro’ waters and possibly still some Spanish mackerel and yellowfin tuna offshore. Snapper are now leaving the sounds and moving to coastal reefs. Crayfish push inshore, often followed by dhufish. Salmon schools are migrating west along the south coast. Some good mulloway are on the beaches. Crabbing is still good in southern estuaries.
The monsoon may end anywhere between early March and late April, depending on seasonal variations. This marks the commencement of the “run-off” period, and typically provides the year’s best barramundi action.
1 MAR: Banded morwong season CLOSES in Tasmanian waters
Second Monday in MAR: Canberra Day (ACT), Labour Day (WA)
17 MAR: St Patrick’s Day, to be sure! Maybe try a green lure for some Irish luck?
Third Sunday in MAR: Pirtek Fishing Challenge (Australia-wide)
EASTER: First Sunday following a full moon on or after 21 March