Keen anglers should be keep an eye on sea temperatures, after the warmer water brought with it some big catches during the start of the year.
Gabe Hammond from Sydney caught a 12.5kg Mahi Mahi off Crowdy Head while fishing with Crowdy Bay Charters on January 3.
Charter boat owner and operator Roger Edwards said it was the first Mahi Mahi to be caught by an angler on his boat this season.
“Provided the sea temperature remains over 23 degrees we expect to see more of the same,” said Roger Edwards.
According to records of the NSW Government’s Many Hydraulics Laboratory, the temperatures rose from 18 degrees to around 25 degrees in the middle of the day on January 1 with the arrival of the south-easterly winds.
The warmer sea temperatures were around for a week before dropping off again on Monday, January 9.
According to the Department of Primary Industries, Mahi Mahi (dolphinfish) are a schooling tropical species that arrives off the NSW coast with the warmer currents, usually during summer, and generally prefer offshore conditions.