SO this time next week, depending on when you read this paper of course, most of you will be celebrating yet another Christmas day.
I hope Santa is good to you all and you all get that new fishing rod or reel you asked him for.
For many of you Christmas not only means lots of presents, nice food and of course a few drinks, but it also means a few weeks off work to spend with loved ones and hopefully a few days of fishing.
This last week the water temperatures around the Shoalhaven have really warmed up, with about 20 to 23 degrees the average temperature at the moment.
The current offshore is actually running north, which could just be the result of a big eddy system out off the coast swirling the water around and sending it that way.
With the warm water and plenty of bait it should not be too long before we get a consistent run of striped marlin coming our way and maybe even an early run of blacks too.
The king fish around the cliffs off Currarong are still an option at the moment. There are plenty of rats willing to smash soft plastics and poppers to keep you entertained until the big boys show up for their daily feed.
Just remember when they show up to bring out the 80 gear.
The squid fishing in Jervis Bay has been far from good over the past weeks, probably due to the clearness of the water inside the bay.
Do not get me wrong, I have heard of some good catches of squid, but they are far and few between.
No doubt once those consistent summer north-easters kick in to gear and stir the water up a little, the squiding will improve.
The only problem then will be the mass amount of boat traffic which we all know is going to happen from about Boxing Day on, so if you are going squiding, I think early on and early off the water will be the way to go.
We have had some decent conditions for the rock hoppers to get out safely.
The big seas we have had in previous weeks seem to have done wonders for the fishing.
Good reports of drummer and luderick from rock ledges both north and south of Jervis Bay are fairly consistent.
Salmon are also making an appearance after a pretty lean couple of months.
It is almost that time again for the land based game fishos to hit places like the tubes and Beecroft in the hope of catching that ever elusive black marlin from the rocks.
Just another reminder that the shop is now open on Sunday over the holiday break.
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Remember, whatever you do in life, do it well.
Merry Christmas from me and the boys at the shop and have a safe one.