Fishing report for Far South Coast: April 27

THERE has been some good winter “bread and butter fishing” out wide, proving that is not all about bluefin tuna and kingfish.

There have been up to a dozen boats or more out on the 4-Mile Reef due east from Bermagui with anglers targeting snapper on the lumps of the reef.

As we reported last week, the snapper are quite fussy and those using standard paternoster rigs have struggled, while a well presented soft plastic on a light leader has delivered the goods.

One does need patience to get the jig down in the 50 to 60m water, but the effort can be well rewarded with snapper putting up a great fight in light tackle.

There continue to be good numbers of sand flathead off Narooma and tigers off Bermagui, and it is such a relief to be free of the leatherjackets.

Jon Poyner and Brett McDonald took the kids out on a blue-eye trip out from Narooma getting onto the blue eye cod and frost fish, which are interesting looking creatures.

Unfortunately, the seals were stealing more fish than what they could land, so they gave up early.

Meanwhile, beach fishing should be on the improve with new gutters after these recent blows. Try near the newly opened entrance to Brou Lake.

The lakes and rivers meanwhile still need some time to settle and many are still chocolate milk brown after the recent rains.

Corrections: A couple of corrections from last week’s fishing page. Firstly, Fishfingers’ report incorrectly said “John Moore’s Narooma Charters” – but Narooma Charters is operated by Norm Ingersole and Darryl Stuart and has been done so for years. John Moore’s business is “Narooma Fishing Charters”.

Also, skipper Chris Smith did not install new motors in Dallas, rather “one was rebuilt and one was spruced up”. That is all…

- Stan Gorton