A NICE run of albacore off Bermagui on the weekend spiced things up for those lucky enough to get out there.
The albies were widespread from the 12-Mile Reef off Bermagui out to the 1000-fathom line with patches so thick you could almost pole them into the boat and there were the odd striped tuna thrown in.
Most were small “jellybean” size but there were some larger ones to 10kg out wider.
The water in close has been cold down to 14 degrees and full of green slime killing the fishing at Montague Island, but the albies were holding in the clear, blue 17-degree water just on the edge of this dirty water.
Also on the tuna front, Dash at the Narooma Ocean Hut reported that Peter Vaughan gave his new 28ft Betram it's maiden voyage off the Bay on the weekend and managed a few stripies, but Luke cathor caught a nice 46.5kg yellowfin tuna at the Tuross Canyons on 24kg line with a Halco Laser Pro lure.
Like Dash, we hope this warmer water keeps pushing down and we see more of this action over the next few weeks.
Other highlights were another two Tasmanian trumpeter and some nice snapper caught on the 12-Mile over the weekend, although holding bottom at 125m is tough and an electric reel makes it easier.
There were some massive tiger flathead off the edges and closer in at about 110m.
Fishing much closer to shore and anchoring up was another options and some Bermagui locals also did well on the snapper fishing early morning off Bunga.
There are heaps of baitfish around at the moment both in the Bermagui harbour and out at Montague Island last week, but there was no action at the island, which could change once the water clears up from its current dirty state.
Here now are regular reports used with permission from Josh down at Bermagui Bait & Tackle and Dash at the Narooma Ocean Hut Compleat Angler. - Stan
Tackle shop reports:
Scotty down at Bermagui Bait & Tackle has just taken over the running of the big yellow Eden Explorer charter boat and is pretty busy with that, so Josh was on the case again.
He reported last week that the bottom fishing has been good with good numbers of flathead coming off the sand just north of Bermi harbour mouth, fish between 30-40metres of water towards Camel Rock for best results.
Among the flathead we have also seen some good gummy sharks. Strong currents had slowed the fishing on the 12-mile and beyond for bottom fish however it has slowed right down again and will hopefully return is to some very solid deep-water bottom fishing.
Makos have begun to fire up a bit with a few fish seen hooked and caught amongst a small handful of boats targeting them.
The warm start to spring has also seen our estuaries pick up with some decent bags of flathead coming from Bermi River and Bega River.
Wallaga Lake is slow but some of the shallower margins are starting to pick up. Still salmon and bream coming off our beaches but loose weed will drive you mad if you don't find a spot without it. - Josh
Now we have Dash’s usual comprehensive report from last Friday – let her rip Dash:
Ahhhh!!! September! Spring!,Warmer weather! Longer days! Insect hatches! Bass and perch open season! Prawns start swimming!
It's the true start of the fishing calendar. Other then the odd cold snap I think winter is well behind us and the fishing should just keep getting better over the next couple of months as the weather and water warm.
THE BIG BLUE: It looks like the bluefin tuna may have all but gone as most of the long liners seem to have headed north in pursuit of albacore and yellowfin tuna. With a bit of luck hopefully some warmer currents will push down over the next couple of months and we get a shot at the albacore and yellowfin.
Moving in closer around the island and the fishing was a bit slow over the weekend and throughout the week due to a cold, green, full of algae and plankton type current pushing through, good for the whales.
Still the odd snapper, mowie and other reef dwellers being caught at the Island as well as Brou and Potato Point but nothing to jump up and down about. This should only improve as well as the water and temperature improves.
The one species the green algae current didn't seem to bother to much was the humble sand flathead as most boaties chasing them came up trumps with good catches. With several fish reaching the 60cm mark while the majority of them 40cm plus.
The flathead which seem to be hanging around the 35-40m mark with Brou/Dalmeny and Mystery Bay good places to look. And choice of bait will be squid or a flesh bait like tuna/mullet fillets.
ROCK AND BEACH: All remains fairly consistent on the beach front as the majority of the catches are salmon with the odd tailor and bream thrown in, while the rock hoppers are reaping in some nice drummer, bream, salmon and the odd tailor.
I'm getting a good feeling that this weekend could be red hot on the beach and rock front for All the elements are aligning to favour this weekend and It's where I'll be concentrating my efforts.
It was perfect conditions and if the colder push of water doesn't affect the shore dwelling species we should see some great fishing.
So go find yourself a good gutter on one of the many beaches to choose from with Brou/Dalmeny, Handkerchief, Corunna, Mystery Bay and Tilba beach my choices of places to look.
While for the rock hoppers a good wash or platform to fish from with best place to start looking will be Potato Point, Dalmeny headland, Carters headland, Narooma golf course, Glasshouse rocks, Corunna headland as well as Mystery Bay.
If overcast then early morning till around the top of the tide around 9-10am will be best times for both beach and rock for your bread and butter species.
While for those that are a little more keen and don't mind the darkness of the night, have a shot for a jewfish or gummy shark. If doing so I would find a suitable gutter or platform in daylight hours then return as the sun is saying goodnight and fish through till just after the almanac's best time of around midnight.
Best baits are going to be as fresh as you can get or even live baits for jewfish. Squid, mullet fillets or a slab off a salmon or tailor just caught should do the trick.
RIVERS AND INLETS: Most of our inland waters are still fishing well and should only improve over the next few months.
The season for bass and perch has re-opened as from the first of September and I've noticed this week already we have had two separate insect hatches, a good sign.
Narooma’s Wagonga inlet has been fishing reasonably well for flathead on lures around the middle section of the inlet along side the seagrass in about 5-7m of water as well as under any bait schools found.
It's getting to that time of the year where the big girls start getting active and moving around so one could expect a chance at a fish of a lifetime over the coming months. They will take any style of lure but if you’re specifically cashing one of these trophy fish then upsize to 4-6'' lures or larger live baits to increase your chances.
Some good size Tailor around the 35-45cm mark found daily at different times busting up on bait in Forsters bay, main body and Barlows Bay.
Trolled lures and metals should bring these guys undone.
Both Tuross and Mummuga lakes have had reasonable catches of flathead, bream and luderick coming out of them.
For Tuross most of the action is still around four ways while for Mummaga its mostly down the front towards the drop off.
Flathead in both lakes are responding well to slow-fished plastics and blades in around the 2-3'' while bream seem to prefer the smaller lures around the 2'' mark.
The catch rate of luderick in Mummaga has improved over the last couple of weeks and the good news is here there is plenty of weed around to be sourced for these tasty hard fighting weed warriors.
I'm also hearing that the flathead in Wallaga Lake have come on the chew over the past two weeks as some anglers described it as a fish a cast when they came on. Apparently they seem to be very active in around the 6m mark so finding bait in that depth would be the key to finding the fish.