Anglers fishing the coast this long weekend may find a few surprises turning up in their catches as warm currents drag northern species south. At Batemans Bay, the Clyde River produced at least one small cobia this week, a species normally found in offshore waters in Queensland and northern NSW.
They rarely enter estuaries, so it’s highly unusual to encounter one in a river so far south. At Tathra, a land-based angler fishing for kings from the rocks hooked and almost landed a hefty northern bluefin tuna. Although the fish earned its freedom just metres from the rocks, it got close enough to be positively identified as a northern blue, or longtail tuna, a species synonymous with tropical and sub-tropical waters.
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