WESTERLY winds and no swell has made for some great shore fishing and diving with Far South Coast beaches offering some great fishing.
Not much going on out wide despite the warm offshore currents but the estuaries are coming good with the warmer, sunny weather.
This week we have three reports from three great sources…
Dash reports from the Ocean Hut Compleat Angler:
Offshore warm water was pushing down, so anything is possible. At 19 degrees there is a chance of a yellowfin tuna. This water caressed Montague Island as well bringing kingfish and a pleasant surprise for the charter and recreational fishos. Although they were only rat kings (undersize) it’s still great fishing turning an ordinary day into great fishing. Mixed in were the odd snapper and mowie, giving the guys a feed.
Those searching for a feed of flathead came up trumps at the 40m-line with a few nice ones being caught on fresh/frozen squid and stripy tuna fillets.
ROCKS AND BEACH: Last week has been quiet due to the very calm conditions. One would say the weather was too good. When conditions are calm bait fish are no where to be seen. Also they love the white water for protection so when its not around neither are the fish!
Find a nice gutter on one of our many fishy beaches and toss a lure or bait into it. Pick a nice shiny metal in the 25-40grm mark or try pilchards, mullet fillet and beach worms for bait. Target species are salmon and tailor with a chance of bream, trevally and whiting or two as a side prize. Warmer water has sparked a few whiting up in the inlets so they’re a chance on live beach worms. Best beaches would be Brou, Fullers, Handkerchief, Corunna and Tilba.
Rock hoppers’ best times are morning and late afternoon if chasing drummer and bream. Bait should be cunjevoi, mullet gut or fisho for best results.
For some pelagic action in salmon, tailor etc. then pilchards on gang hooks with very little weight or under a float would be my choice.
For lures, I would look at metals in the 25-60gm range or for some exciting visual action a popper around the 100mm mark should tease a few up. Best places to look would be Dalmeny and Corunna headlands, Mystery Bay, Narooma golf course and if you don't mind a walk, Glasshouse Rocks is a great spot.
ESTUARY, LAKES AND INLETS: Temperatures still hovering around the 14-degree mark, so best results from waterways like Tuross, Mummaga, Wagonga inlet that are currently open to the ocean.
Fish the last couple hours to the top of the tide and the first few hours of the run out when water will be at its warmest and most productive.
Other closed lakes like Coila and Wallaga are still fishing well for bream and flathead. Plastics are working the best; choose natural colours like Bloodworm, Wasabi, Pumpkinseed and olive/green in clear waters for best results.
Metal blades are close second and generally better for bream. Most popular colours have been black, Aussie green, orange tiger and straight silver - guess that best resembles the whitebait that the fish are chewing on.
For the bait bashers, match the hatch with lightly salted whitebait has produced mixed bags of fish. Stripy tuna, squid and chopped up pilchards are good alternatives.
Poddy mullet are also dynamite on flathead while nippers and squirt worms will bring in just about everything. Tailor are active in Wagonga so trolling minnow lures while looking for signs could produce so great results. Cheers Dash!
Josh reports from Bermi Bait & Tackle:
A tough fishing for the bottom bashers with only a handful of snapper and a few flathead to speak of. Westerly winds kept the beaches flat we are still seeing whiting and bream coming off the surf on beach worms.
Wallaga Lake is still producing flathead on plastics with 70mm Grasshopper Squidgy Fish the main pattern. Wapengo Lake is reportedly full of Australian salmon, huge fun on everything from plastics to saltwater flies.
Wind and current have made life very difficult offshore. The westerly factor has kept the rocks and beaches very flat with lobsters around for those braving the cold. Beaches have slowed but patience and tactics will still produce nice bream around the rocks at either end of the beach.
Fish as light as you can with either worms or small strip baits. Low tide seems best at the moment due to the numbers of small salmon on the edges at high tide. Estuary fishing has been tough however work plastics in Wallaga Lake for flathead, away from the edges in around 2-3 metres of water. Cheers Josh
Tuross Head Fishing Club report:
Tuross and Moruya estuaries have been fishing well and all the way down to Narooma with members reporting good catches of blackfish, bream and flathead. Soft plastics are the shot for flathead the range between 72-98cm long.
Work blades in the deeper water and apart from bream and flathead there are also flounder about.
Whiting and Tailor are coming in off the rivers. If you’re chasing bream get yourself some live beach worms. The warmer water pushing through should make for some exciting estuary fishing over the next few days.
The beaches are fishing well for salmon, tailor and a few trevally, especially on the run-in tide. Pick the beaches with solid gutters.
The rocks are fishing well also, good reports of blackfish and drummer. Bread, cunji, peeled cooked prawns and cabbage have been working well. Salmon and tailor are also coming in.
There are squid around, especially in quieter areas around the rocks where there are weed and kelp beds.
Offshore fishing is a bit of a gamble at present. Bluefin tuna are still about and there are plenty of boats out looking for them. There are also good-sized albacore in 19-degree water.
The date for the next Flathead and Bream Competition and the chance for anglers to win 50 grand has been announced - in 2014 it will again be on the Canberra Day long weekend, March 8-9. More information at www.turossheadfishingclub.org
Dal fisho’s August comp
NOT many weigh-ins the Dalmeny Fishing Club August comp due to a heap of members out of town.
However, our lucky angler with a nice flathead recorded went to Geena Thomas and the next best was another flathead, which went to one of our juniors in Brandon Feledyk. Well done!
The “Encouragement Award” for the meet went to Lilly and Elise Dixon.
New “chef” Marselle Turner was initiated by the crew, much to the delights of the receivers of an a-la-carte barbecue luncheon, well done Marty! - 'Snapper'