THE past week has not offered much in terms of fishing out wide, so it can only get better, right!
Beaches however are fishing well and the estuaries will only get better as things continue to warm with just about all now open to the ocean.
I personally scouted around Montague Island on Sunday fishing all the usual kingfish haunts, but nothing.
John Moore of Narooma Fishing Charters did let us know there were a few snapper out there.
He sent in a photo of Patrick Richardson of Newborough, Victoria with his first ever snapper caught over the weekend at Montague.
“This was the first one he caught, he kept another one and returned eight others to the water fit and well,” John said.
“Patrick and his father Carl came fishing with us and returned over 20 fish to the water in an active session for this time of year.
“FYI the current was coming from the south, the temp at the island was 15.2 degrees with green water. Large schools of slimies and Cowan Young were feeding on very small bait fish. Mutton birds have also arrived on their journey south.”
Like John, I trolled skirts and lures through these the large schools of bait, but it appeared the apex predators were the slimies and other baitfish which were pushing the bait up for the shearwaters and gannets. “Hopefully it won't be long before the kings arrive,” John said, and I agree.
John went out again on Monday with a father and daughter on board, and only got three snapper - but one was about 2 kilos.
The current had started to pick up from the north, but water temp was still around 15, but now the blubber/jellyfish had moved in, he said.
Dash at the Narooma Ocean Hut Compleat Angler meanwhile had more success on the beach and also in Wagonga Inlet.
He has red-hot midday beach session last week with son Riley with double hook-ups of salmon and tailor on metals.
“Awesome watching the fish fighting for the lure as you retrieve it in the crystal clear transparent water,” Dash said.
“Doesn't get any better than this. A shame we were sand blasted off the beach. Who knows how many fish we could of caught and released!”
Fishing the last two hours before the top of tide is crucial and he reckons the tides are going to be even better later this week with high in the early morning and late afternoon.
Dash also says Wagonga Lake is fishing well for those with a boat who can chase the bait schools and the predators including tailor and even jewfish chasing that bait while trevally and snapper pick up the scraps.
Riley scored that great jewfish on a metal lure last week and they also used a prawn-style plastic lure to get flathead and snapper in the days following.
Mummaga, Corunna and Wallaga lakes are all now open and fishing well for flathead with Dash advising to fish the shallows.
It’s great to see Corunna open with hopefully some prawns coming in for upcoming years, although there are different theories over the timing with some reckoning the lakes need to open before Father’s Day while others believe the prawns come into the lakes when the whales swim by.
There are even theories that prawns can burrow through the sand at the entrances of closed lakes!
Josh down at Bermagui Bait & Tackle in his Facebook report says the strong winds have hampered the efforts of many school holiday fishos.
“Those that have got out have done quite well on flathead from camel rock to cemetery between 28-40metres, still a few nice gummyies in the mix also,” he writes.
“The northerly factor has meant that the reefs to our south have remained virtually unfished for over a week.
“Out wide a few albacore have been caught and some good makos too. “Reports from Sydney south to JB have us sweating on some good water holding plenty of big yellowfin which we predict to be upon us mid-October but early hopes for this long weekend will see plenty of boats giving it a shot - weather permitting.”
Josh says the estuaries remained patchy however as we warm up so will the fish, for the bait anglers a solid burley trail and small strips of striped tuna will give best results while those wishing to fish plastics should focus their efforts on small 65-100mm wrigglers and fish pattern lures in natural colours.
“The beaches have been tough of late with long waits and plenty of patience seeming to be the key to success. The fish will show up, you may just have to wait. Cheers Josh.”
Moruya, Tuross and surrounds fishing report
The Tuross Head Fishing Club reports on its Facebook page…
Tuross: Plenty of catches up at four ways this week on the incoming tide fishing for bream on the drop offs. They are landing a lot of flathead there also. The flathead have been biting on the smaller lures. Surface lures are working in the shallow flats, with fishing club members hooking up to some small bream and the odd whiting.
Salmon and tailor are still running through the lake in big schools. There are also plenty of luderick in Tuross around the four ways on the edges of the weed beds and along the rock walls.
Beaches and rocks: Salmon, tailor and gummy sharks are being caught in good numbers off many of the beaches on salted pillies and squid. Flathead are also being caught off the beach of an evening. The rocks are fishing well also, good reports of Blackfish, drummer, Salmon and Tailor are coming in.
Offshore: Good kingfish, trevally, leather jackets, snapper, huge rock cod and gummy sharks off Burrie Point outside the marine park on fish bait and squid. The use of a sea anchor is needed.
Whiting and Tailor are coming in off the rivers in Moruya and Tuross.
The next Flathead and Bream Competition will be here before you know it, in 2014 it will again be on the Canberra Day long weekend, March 8-9, so put it in your diary.
Batemans Bay Fishing Report:
Had a great luck on the charter boat this week with fantastic catches of large snapper along with morwong and pigfish. On the boat the guys spotted large mako sharks and were treated to sightings of whales, dolphins and seals. There are lots of bait fish out to sea and the dolphins are chasing these.
Off the rocks at Broulee and Moruya break wall some good catches of salmon.
Not much to report off the beaches but a few good catches of bream in the Clyde River.
- Courtesy of the team at Batemans Bay Fishing