Gary Wade's Reel Deal fishing column

Size matters: A very happy Les Kennedy from Coledale with a 97cm murray cod just before release back into the Namoi River.
Size matters: A very happy Les Kennedy from Coledale with a 97cm murray cod just before release back into the Namoi River.

The guys from Compleat Angler agreed the winter season has set in and yes it has been cold and the recent big seas and swell hasn’t helped the fishing, but some forgot to tell the fish.

Winter species like bream, luderick and rock blackfish they are just warming up and while the lake seems an easy option for those less hardy souls, the rocks is the place to target these species.

As always, keep a very keen eye on the swell and if looks a bit ‘iffy’, go home or find somewhere more secure as those exposed ledges will be your nemeses if you are foolhardy.

As said before, the fish do not like to get battered around so they will move into the more sheltered bays and harbours for shelter but they still need to feed.

Back to the lake, where motorists and those using Windang Bridge would have surely noticed a group of guys huddled together near the bowling club wall.

Why? Well that spot is prime for drifting a luderick float especially if you can secure some green weed.

Don’t overlook using peeled prawns as the welcome by catch would include bream and maybe a late season flatty.

The Shoalhaven River is also a good winter fishery with blackfish and bream also on offer in a number of reliable spots on baits and plastics.

Speaking of winter fish, multiple reports on social media of the southern bluefin on the move further down the coast – time to prep up the big tackle.

Meanwhile, for those travelling to the high country, Steve Williamson has advised his tackle shop at Jindabyne will be closed until June 29 for a bit of a winter getaway.

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