Fishing report Far South Coast NSW | Oct. 5

Seems the invasion of juvenile blue warehou or snotty trevalla encountered in Bermagui Harbour recently have migrated into Wagonga Inlet. Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club members on Monday came across a whole school of them near the marina in Forsters Bay. 

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Darren “Dash” Bowater and his son Riley tried a few different local estuaries over the weekend and it looked like they were all fishing about the same. The temperature was between 16-18 degrees, but the water clarity was super clear in most, making the going hard once the sun was up.

For best results, Dash recommends early starts are the go especially if you plan to fish shallow waters, while small 3-inch softies in a prawn or baitfish pattern are getting best results. “Colour doesn't seem to matter as trust me I reckon Riley changed lures every five casts and out fished me both days! Another tip is to go down to a small as 4lb leader at present as this seems to improve the catch rate.”

Meanwhile out wide, Nick and Benny from Charter Fish Narooma reported last week saw some good fishing out of Narooma with snapper and gummy sharks along with the odd mako shark making an appearance. “With the odd snapper up to the 70cm mark and big numbers of gummy sharks up to 10kg mark, the best session on gummies last week being 10 gummies in less than an hour and a half! Unreal fishing!” Flathead fishing has also improved and Dash reckons it has a lot to do with getting a northeast drift so that the bait gets in front of the sandies and tigers facing into the current.

Scotty at Bermi Bait & Tackle reports the Edwards boys on 'Little Opportunatee' got a nice yellowfin tuna off Moruya in 140fthms on the weekend out of their 5.5m Quinny. “Chris and crew managed a mako off the Kink. We've seen a few gummy sharks over the weekend thus far and the flathead fishing inshore has been okay.” 

Local and visiting boaters may also have noticed the increased presence of Road and Maritime Services boating safety officers on the water over the long weekend. A special sign warning boaters “Expect to get checked” was placed on the Narooma Flat by local boating safety officer Shane Murtagh, who said he was pleased with the behaviour of boaties he checked with a greater than 90 per cent compliance rate. Read more

NSGFC report: Last Friday night's “Eat in at the Club” turned out to be a great night and it was good to see so many new faces, as well as the mob from Wollongong. Not much to report on the fishing front as it was grand final fever and a few sore heads were not in any condition for fishing. I believe that a lot of flatheads were caught outside and it seems that the visitors are the ones to catch the fish over the weekend with Gina Rando and Ben James catching some bream and trevally at the oyster leases in Wagonga Inlet on Saturday. Friday, October 16 is a NSW DPI Fisheries’ ‘GoFish Day’ aimed at the non-fisher and family that would like to fish but haven’t tried. We’ve climbed on board and are offering members and anyone else the opportunity to have a fish that day. On our Facebook page, I have posted a link to the entry forms. A reminder of the club’s working bee this Saturday from 8am, help much appreciated. Approaching is our four-day trip to Wee Jasper on October 31. Lou Moore has all the details at 0459 084 058 or loumoore@outlook.com.au As usual the NSGFC rooms will be open for fish stories, drinks and snacks from 4pm till 9pm on Friday. – Jan Hemmingsen