Moruya fishing charter operator Ron Ingram believes fishing in the Eurobodalla is on the cusp of a golden era, while other Eurobodalla fishing experts are more cautiously optimistic.
“All the old fishos who have been fishing for a long, long time say it is the start of a new cycle, which will hopefully go for the next 10, 15 or 20 years,” he said.
“The fishing is getting back to what it was in the lead-up to 2010.
“I have been fishing these waters all my life and it is the first time we have been able to catch kingfish constantly all year.”
Mr Ingram believes water temperature is playing a part, saying that the current water temperature is about 20.4 degrees, whereas this time last year it was around 24 degrees. (He carries water temperature testing equipment aboard his boat.)
“Now people might start to talk about global cooling,” he said.
Tomakin Sports and Social Club Fishing Club’s Neville Aurousseau said fishing in the Tomakin area had been a “bit patchy,” but that the run-out tide was producing good dusky flathead.
“Beach fish are biting during the rising tide between 4pm and 8pm, on worms and nippers,” he said.
“Really good kingfish are being caught offshore, and there are heaps of morwong out at the 50-metre mark, as well as gummy sharks 30 or 40 metres offshore.”
Further north, Bill Stokman, from Harry’s Bait and Tackle in Batemans Bay, said that as well as the usual flathead, “a lot of whiting are being caught in the shallow water”.