THE storm last week would have stopped many people fishing and yet it might have been the thing our rivers and lakes needed.
Wallaga Lake opened up with the help of Bega council while Corunna also broke open although it does not seem to have much tidal flow.
Despite the muddy waters, there was at least one stud estuary perch caught in the Tuross River.
Out on the ocean, no real reports of any action from Montague Island with the only real action being some reef fish and flathead to the south.
There was a lot of bird/surface action where the cold 14-degree inshore water met the warmer 17-degree offshore water, but it turned out to be cowan young baitfish feeding on krill or even smaller baitfish.
We got some great shore-based/estuary fishing photos sent in from fishos who got out after the rain.
Dash Bowater and his son Riley went out on Wagonga Inlet yesterday and Riley scored his first ever jewfish or mulloway.
It was caught on a River 2 Sea 35gm metal fished around tailor chopping up massive bait schools. The fish went 90cm – great catch!
John Suthern at the Tuross Boatshed also posted a photo of an angler that caught a similar size jewie despite that system being a bit muddy.
We also got a nice photo from Sally Farrell, who moved to Narooma from Melbourne with her partner about 18 months ago.
Her brother and his family have come to Narooma to visit for the school holidays and their 12-year-old son Ben went surf fishing for the first time at Narooma’s Surf Beach.
“Within the first 10 minutes, he caught a whopper of a salmon – 70cm long,” she wrote. Well done Ben!
Finally regular contributor Jon Poyner took two Melbourne friends and regular visitors, Rocky and Sumit, beach fishing.
Jon took them to Dalmeny beach and they caught several salmon, bream and caught and released eight gummy sharks.
Now for the reports from our other regular contributors…
Dash from the Narooma Ocean Hut Compleat Angler posted in his online Facebook report last Friday that unfortunately the ocean conditions has kept most boats at home including the larger professional vessels as the water has been rolled over and temperatures had fallen as low as 14 degrees in places.
The beaches and rocks have just coped a pounding from the ocean restructuring all the gutters on the beaches.
While the rocks have had their annual spring clean out making way for new growth.
Corunna and Wallaga lakes have just been opened up so fishing around these two newly opened inlets will be my pick of places to try as one could expect to come across the possibility of several species such as bream, salmon, tailor, trevally, mullet, drummer, jewfish and sharks.
Last weekend before the storm, Dash says he fished both Corunna and Mummaga and both fished very well for this time of year.
Corunna had cricket scores of small flathead harassing the shallow edges while Mummaga had a mix bag of flathead, flounder and snapper in both shallow water around the edges as well as deeper water smack bang in the middle of the lake.
For Wallaga, Wagonga and Mummaga, the better fishing will now be the front half of the inlets as this is where the dirty water would have forced the bait.
Maybe bait will fish better at the moment due to the dirty water but for those die hard lure throwers I would try bright lures with lots of vibration and scent.
It's a guess but I would concentrate my efforts on the coming in tide more than the outgoing. – Dash
Meanwhile Scotty down at Bermi Bait & Tackle reported yesterday that customer Steve Hudson and crew had a great session on the gummies and landed a good number of fish at anchor north of Camel Rock in 25m of water.
Inshore reefs were hard work for snapper despite recently producing good numbers of fish.
Offshore waters are touching 21 degrees and those pushing wide should start to encounter the odd yellowfin - Scotty.