Many anglers complacent when rock fishing

Craig from Shellharbour Bait & Tackle has expressed his concerns regarding the complacency of many anglers when rock fishing.

Hopefully the constantly posted warnings concerning the dangers of rock fishing will be heeded because some of you may not be aware that the waters off Jervis Bay claimed a rock fisherman a few days ago.

As avid members of the fishing community in general, it saddens us all to hear of deaths of our peers while participating in our great sport, especially when they are so easily avoided.

At this time of year, when it is not only the diehards fishing but the general public and holiday makers, we all have a responsibility to look out for our mates and families.

Without getting into a 'rock rage' incident, if you see someone who is not equipped for the conditions or the conditions are worsening, pass on your concerns and let them know that they should take care and have all the safety gear ready.

Always fish in pairs and if someone goes in, NEVER jump in after them - toss in a life buoy or esky or anything that will help them.

Anyway, the weather as a whole is looking pretty good for the next few weeks and some awesome fishing will be had.

The warmer currents have pushed in, bringing with them some nice dollies on the fads and no doubt some beakies and yellowfin tuna.

The inshore reefs have been producing some cracker kings and James Smith came into the shop earlier in the week for a spool of 40-kilogram braid. He needed to refill his very empty spool after tangling with a monster king that just did not stop fighting.

The bigger kings are holding low in the water column towards the bottom, so don't give them any quarter or it will be all over.

Snapper and mowies have been in good numbers out around the 30m reefs and excellent eating flatties are hitting plastics and bait combos on the fringes.

At Shellharbour, both North and South Beach have had good numbers of Australian salmon and tailor that were suckers for ganged pillies, while Minnamurra and Killalea have had good numbers of bream, flathead and whiting right in close on the shore break and gutters.

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