SCHOOL holidays, got to love them.
Traffic on the roads, crowds on the water and busy shopping centres full of tourists.
But like them or not, they are an important part of our economy, and without them, a lot of us in the small business industry would not survive.
So I think for 12 weeks of the year we can make some allowances for them and make them feel welcome.
After all, who can blame them for wanting to visit the NSW South Coast, the best place in Australia?
So for all the tourists down or up on holidays, a big welcome.
So where are the fish biting?
Well the rain we had last week has certainly changed things in the river, with the upper river becoming unfishable and dirty overnight.
The lower reaches around Greenwell Point are definitely the spot to be, with clean, nutrient water from the ocean pushing in on the run up tides.
Bream, flathead and good numbers of blackfish are all being taken in these waters at present, with some good sized jewfish also being landed in the last week.
Now we all have different ideas of what a good sized jewfish is.
For me it is simple; Any jewfish is a good one.
When you spend as many hours on the water as I have in the past you learn to appreciate these mysterious fish and quickly work out that you are sometimes just lucky to come in contact with the estuary’s greatest predator.
St Georges Basin at the moment is a hard place to predict with many mixed reports coming in.
Over the past week I have had several customers report top catches of some monster tailor, reds up to 50 centimetres, and bream fishing sessions that they can normally only dream about.
Then on the other hand customers are coming in reporting little action at all.
I think it is just a matter of being one of the lucky ones and coming across the fish.
The outside fishing is still going well for snapper and flathead with the shallows inside the banks producing some nice fish.
The bottom dongers are catching good numbers of pan sized reds, while the guys anchoring and berleying are definitely getting the better fish fishing whole pillies on 4/0 gangs lightly weighted.
I am sure the light fluorocarbon leader they’re using also has something to do with their success.
The yellowfin are also still around in good numbers, but north of us between Shellharbour and Sydney.
But they are well within reach of the smaller trailer boats just on the shelf line.
Fish of around 80 kilograms have been taken this last week, with reports also of blue marlin showing up.
Well I hope this gives you all some insight into what is happening in our waters for this week.
Remember to catch up with us on Facebook at McCallums Tackle World Nowra, or call into the shop at 47 Kinghorne Street, Nowra and say hello.
All the best for your fishing week ahead.
Remember whatever you do in life, do it well.