Narooma Sports & Game Fishing news
MEMBERS Terry Cassells, Peter Gillick and Jan Hammingsen enjoyed a drink at Narooma Sport and Game fishing Club which is open every Friday night from 4pm.
Jan and his son, Chris, recently moved from Canberra to Kianga, fished Cemetery Beach, Tilba Tilba during the week for a nice catch of Australian Salmon.
The cold winter months are almost gone and the water temperature is rising.
Hopefully this will generate both fishing activity and fish movements. Many Australian salmon have been recorded in all competitions. These fish have been off the beaches but tailor have been active in the inlet.
Nick Cowley has been starting to catch a mixture of bream and trevally off his spot in the inlet.
Members who travelled to northern climates have submitted weigh sheets for Barramundi, cod, Golden Trevally and Grunter.
Ken Ribbons capture of a bluefin tuna is leading the way in GFA captures.
Kingfish are their usual on/off again days with some fish being taken along with bonito, which Les and Sue found in good numbers and they are good eating if handled properly.
The smaller lakes are beginning to wake up with some great bream to 40cm being caught and released.
Don’t forget the trivial Pursuit evening at the club house on Saturday, October 13, 6pm for 6.30pm start.
- Terry Vincent
Moruya/Tuross fishing report from Team Tackle World
VIP members Tom and Tim have been fishing the flats above Moruya River during the week catching plenty of flathead and bream.
They both caught some large flathead on Squidgy Lobbys and Squidgy Stealth Prawns, with the flatties pushing the 65cm mark.
Tom out-fished his cousin Tim, chasing the bream on Strada Viral surface lures with Tom catching six bream between 30-40 cm and Tim catching one bream that measured 35 cm to the fork - all fish were caught and released.
Team member Jade fished off town wharf before work on Wednesday morning where he was pleasantly surprised by a school of big trevally.
Jade was quick to rig up with plastic of choice being Gulp 2-inch shrimp trying to entice at least one trevally to have a go.
As he was still fishing for the trevally he hooked, landed and released a personal best bream of 45cm to the fork.
VIP member Ziggy was just in telling us that he has been getting stuck into the tailor the last couple of days - he has been fishing from Quarry Wharf down to The Anchorage trolling deep diving lures.
A huge school of salmon has also been reported off Preddies Wharf with catches on Arma Anchovies and a mix of pillies.
VIP members Tom and Tim also headed out into Tuross this week fishing for flathead from the four-ways down to the entrance.
They landed over 30 undersize flathead on bloodworm wrigglers (all of course were released).
There have been other reports of flathead up to 75cm being caught as well as good sized bream on the flats with some anglers catching up to 25 in a single session.
There are some big jewfish being caught in the deep holes in Tuross with one lucky angler catching a monster which weighed in at 114lb - it was caught out the front of the boatshed at 12.30am last Sunday morning - others not quite so big have been caught on 100mm Squidgy fish in the Black and Gold colour and Drop Bear colour.
Beaches and Rocks
There have been some good catches of salmon and tailor off the beaches but they are starting to slow down and move further along the coast. Good flathead and gummy sharks have been caught of an evening on squid and salted pillies.
Racecourse beach seems to be the pick of the beaches this week.
Big kingfish have been attacking the surface lures, in particular Cultiva Komachi 150mm poppers out the front of Moruya this week with reports of some of the fish getting over 1-metre in length.
Big snapper up to 5 kg, big mowies, rock cod and the odd big trevally in 35m of water on squid and 140mm Squidgy Wrigglers.
Flathead are being pulled in off the back of the beaches with some good gummies and school sharks thrown in.
Team Tackle World Moruya
Graham, Gaye, Bec, Mark, Nathan and Jade
Paxevanos: TROUT LAKE FISHING BEST IN DECADES
I have never had so many reports come in of fantastic fishing…but amazingly it is the lakes rather than the rivers that anglers are raving about this October.
In fact anglers who have hit the larger spawn run rivers such as the Eucumbene and Thredbo since the long weekend opening have been disappointed by low numbers of fish.
Of course in some isolated cases there has been some reasonable spawn run fishing, but by and large the heavy rains have sent the bulk of the rainbow trout back into the lakes where they came from.
Fly fishing in particular has been tough, and veteran Steve Williamson resorted to bib-less minnows lures that were able to get down deep in the fast water to catch his small bag of trout. A few fish have rose after brief ant falls, and there will be some dry fly fishing later in the year, but for now the rivers are fishing poorly.
The huge upshot is that trout are back in the lakes in numbers and are up on the edges feeding ravenously. Steve fished scrub worms just 10 meters out from the point of the well known Curiosity rocks and got bites every 5 minutes. His clients bagged out on quality browns and rainbows in under an hour! And the coming months look even better: lake levels that are fast approaching the pre snowy river flush heights, and there is still plenty of snow melt to come. The lake is expected to get to 90% of capacity this spring.
Other anglers report great bait fishing; local and regular Byron Bohem says he’s never seen anything like it. Using un-weighted scrub worms and tiger worms in at the mouth of Widows Creek Byron caught some 40 trout in just one day, with half of the fish coming in a frantic late afternoon bite. There were browns to 2 kilos, and the rainbows averaged a stonking 1.5 kilos! Byron fished the drop off where the water goes from approximately 2 to 4 meters deep.
Not to be left out George Vlahos snuck along the edges in his Hobie casting little Rapala Ultralight shads. He worked the lures hard with a barra like retrieve as detailed in my instructional DVD’s: he too caught over 30 quality trout with rainbows to 1.8 kilos and browns to 2.3 kilos.
Over at Eucumbene Col Sinclair reports similar findings: dismal spawn run rainbow trout fishing, but great lake fishing on bait, lure, and fly. He advises long wand anglers bypass their usual October river spots and hit the lake.
Keen to see this fishing for myself I hit Eucumbene near Buckenderra between 6pm and sunset with a small group of friends; most of us caught our bag of kilo plus fish on a variety of the above techniques. But better still colleagues sighted a picture of a massive brown caught at Yens Bay reported to weigh 8 kilos! Hopefully I get to see the picture for myself!
Trout anglers at Goulburn are not missing out on quality trout either. For example Pejar Dam is approaching and at times surpassing it’s former Glory, and stocking with fry and some XL brood stock just prior to the Pejar Classic on the 28th of October will only make things better! The event will delight families and experts alike, for details contact Josh Lambert at Tackle World Goulburn on 02 4822 1929.
In the meantime I will be at Anaconda in Fyshwick on the 31st of October to present a talk on fishing in our region, one night only, contact the store to R.S.V.P or more details at
See you on the water
Rob Paxevanos lives and works in our region and hosts Fishing Australia Saturday afternoon/evening on WIN and Sundays at 1pm on the GO Channel