Fishing for Game Fish during November can run hot or cold. It is a time when the cooler offshore water starts to warm up under the influence of the East Australia Current. As summer progresses the EAC moves closer inshore and within our reach .
During November along with the EAC come the bait fish namely Slimy Mackerel, Sauries, Garfish, Cowanyoung and Striped Tuna . Naturally the predators follow. Striped, Black and Blue Marlin as well as Mahi Mahi, Spearfish and all the other great Gamefish not to mention the appearance of big Tiger sharks move closer inshore with the current.
November is the month that heralds the changeover from the Winter to Summer species it is also the start of the storm season.
I have noticed over many years that the leading edge of the EAC often bring with it an early unseasonal run of big Mahi Mahi and Striped Marlin with more than one early season Spearfish having been encountered. So far this year as well as a good run of big Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin tuna and Albacore are adding to the mix and continue to tease us offshore.
So as we enter a ‘La Nina’ weather pattern, meaning we’ll have warmer water offshore and more rain to flush out the rivers and estuaries we could and I emphasise could have a bumper season ahead.
On another note I’ll be available at Port Stephens from the end of January until early March. If the Marlin season next year is anywhere near as good as this year’s it won’t be one to miss. Sadly this year’s season was shortened by COVID, let’s hope not again.