Interestingly there have been recent reports of large schools of baitfish in Wagonga Inlet at Narooma.
Narooma local Mark Westwood photographed what he thought was a huge school of sauries in Wagonga Inlet. Narooma News journalist Stan Gorton came across a big school of pilchards while snorkeling in the shark net enclosure last week.
Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club president Les Waldock also reported a huge school of what he thought were slimy mackerel going around the Narooma Marina all last week.
Les is also happy to report the last of the NSW DPI’s Fish Attracting Devices have now been deployed with the recent deployment of the South Coast FADs at five different locations including Montague Island – click here for coordinates
Regardless of what type of baitfish they were, they were obviously seeking shelter in the inlet, although not from the super trawler Geelong Star as she has left the country and not from kingfish either.
That’s because the kingfish have been slow at Montague Island with some reporting only one in 10 fish are the legal 65cm. For one pro boat the ratio was much worse with only four keepers all day, with the seals having a field day. Let’s hope it gets better!
In the estuaries, there have been some whopper dusky flathead caught and released at Wallaga and Tuross lakes, while there have been some more jewfish or mulloway catches – although not like the monster caught under Tuross Bridge last week – click here
Pam and Mark Feeley of Tuross Head have finally cracked the dusky flathead code. As you can see they both got nice flathead on the weekend, both catch and release, they caught them late Saturday arvo on the the run out tide both with poddy mullet.
At last the tide has turned so to speak, and the flathead are starting to move around Tuross Lake. It’s taken a while, like flicking on a light switch, and there are a lot of undersized fatties moving around so hope you all put them back in the lake, Pam says.
Now let’s hear from the local fishing clubs:
NSGFC report – Narooma Sport and Game Fishing Club members Peter Rando and Les Waldock just returned from a short fishing holiday in Coromandel, New Zealand. Weather only allowed them to fish three days but they experienced snapper fishing that you just don't get here. Snapper feed on the waste and sea life that falls off the mussels when they are harvested. The fish are ravenous, just under the surface and take any bait or jig. Fish up to 8kg can be hooked, theirs were up to 5kg. Kingfish and jumbo kahawai are also in the mix.
I would like to include this email from the staff of CanTeen to all the helpers on the weekend. “Thank you all so much for another amazing weekend with the Narooma Sport & Game Fishing Club! We had such a wonderful time with you all. I really believe this annual weekend is one of the most amazing events for our young people, the intergenerational exchange is a very important element and you are all very special people.”
Members please send me in your fish stories and photos from the year so we can enter it into the records. I would like to extend a welcome to all visitors on holiday in beautiful Narooma. Club rooms, situated on the inlet near the restaurants, will be open for fish stories, drinks and snacks from 4pm till 9pm on Friday. – Jan Hemmingsen
Bowlo Fishing Club – Another great weekend fishing comp was held by Club Narooma’s Bowlo Fishing Club with a great turn out of fisherman and woman all wetting a line some for the very first time and it won’t be the last now they have landed a few well where to start. The overall winner for the month was Robyn Babidge with a great mixture of outside fish she caught and showed Jack how it was done, Bec and Shorty Smart, Anna Bordiuk, Deb Squire, Greg Tiffen, Mick Kavic, Adam and Wayne Giffen and Bridget Smart also were in the winners list with some nice fish. Greg and Will showed us some real good whiting caught on poppers at Tuross while Wayne could only talk about the shark he had on for over an hour and lost it fishing the beach at Honeysuckle.
Outside the snapper, mowies, perch, kingfish and flathead are going on them micro-jigs while the kings are at the island but very patchy. Over the last few weeks the prawns are having a go with most getting a few kgs and a good size with Brou and Coruna top spots. Next big gathering is the Christmas party held on Dec. 18 at Apex Park with it kicking off around 11.30am and lunch at 1pm so if anyone has missed putting their name down contact Brenda or Randall ASAP. The next comp will be put back to Jan. 6-8 and those that are booked on Narooma Charters it’s a 1pm start next month. So till next year it’s a very Merry Christmas to all from the crew at the Bowlo Fishing Club. – Fishfingers