Lots and lots of Whales

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been an excellent season for whale watching with still lots and lots of whales around.

Narooma Whale Watching Highlights include

  • Complete whale watching tour with an experienced guide
  • See large pods of dolphins, which general feed with the whales and often visit the boat to play in the wake. You will find yourself almost being able to touch them. Also see schools of fish, birds and other fascinating wildlife
  • A visit to the largest seal colony in NSW, where you can see seals and their pups up close
  • Our Montague Island and Lighthouse tours include free whale watching, where depending on the tour you can see the little penguins returning to shore at dusk for a complete wildlife experience!

Free Whale Watching with all our Montague Island Tours during the Narooma Whale Watching season from around September to November.

Snapper and Gummy Sharks

Fishing out of Narooma this weekend was completely different to the previous with the majority of kingfish at Montague island undersize and the seals making life very difficult, a change in tactics this afternoon we fished north of Narooma chasing gummy sharks and snapper and it paid off with 3 nice gummy sharks along with unfortunately losing a couple, plus a cracking snapper session with 2 snapper over the 70cm mark the best going 75 around the 5+kg mark along with a bunch of smaller 1.5kg fish not to mention the 40 flatties while gummy fishing! Not bad for an afternoons work

Gummy Sharks and Snapper

Finally with a break in the weather on Saturday and Sunday we managed to get out. Kingfish remain hit and miss at Montague Island, with 1 legal fish around 75cm and a few rats on Saturday, plus plenty of reef fish. Sunday a change of tactics, saw some better quality snapper and 2 unreal session on gummy sharks, with big numbers of gummy sharks in the morning and afternoon trip, keeping a few and realising a couple also. Water temps sneaking up to 18 degrees at Montague Island so we expect kingfish to only improve.

History of Montague Island

The original spelling of Montague Island was Montagu! The spelling changed to Montague on the 2nd June 1972. There is no explanation in why the spelling of the name changed. Montague Island was named after the second Earl of Halifax George Montagu Dunk,

Montague Island started as a hill than a headland and now a Island!

In the last Ice Age, about 17000 to 20000 years ago, six kilometres inland, Montague Island was a hill. Montague Island become a headland when the climate warned and the ice melted. The sea level rise 10000  years ago to within 30 metres of what it is today and Montague Island.

With the sea still rising this created two large Islands – Montague Island and another Island to the south. 6000 Years ago the coastline was as it is today.

Once it became an Island Aboriginal people made seasonal visit to Montague Island by Canoe. There is two freshwater springs on the Island and access to many food sources, birds, bird eggs, fish, penguins and possible seals.

Montague Island

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