Fishing report Far South Coast NSW | Feb. 15

Ron Snape at Tilba reports the beaches have not improved much over the last week.

The salmon only just making the mark in most cases and there is the odd bream if you’re lucky. Tilba’s Cemetery Beach appears to have the best gutter in the region.

Jack Dart fished there for three good fish all over 2kg. But even this master said this year is one of the worst. Jack said he is even battling to find a worm.

Sam Nye of Mogo has a bright spot on the horizon reporting around 10,000 boxes of salmon sighted off Tuross Head. Although Sam still hasn't shot his beach net for over four months.

Garry Warren of Eden, a third generation commercial fisherman, said that salmon school up off headlands and don't appear to feed just before they spawn. Then they feed full on before they migrate. Maybe this is what is happening with our local salmon at the moment.

Scotty at Bermi Bait and Tackle is reporting a few marlin catches offshore. “Big pods of dolphins working, seals and bird life just not a lot of fish amongst it all.”

Despite the rough weather, those persevering have been catching. He also posted a nice pic of Mark Mathews and his 94cm jewfish that he landed from the surf at Long Swamp, north of Bermagui, one evening this past weekend on a strip bait of striped tuna.

Fishing identity Rob Paxevanos has been a regular contributor to this page over the years and now his 8-year-old daughter Hailey has written a fishing book for kids.The “Kids fishing guide” book is not just proving to be popular with kids but parents too.

“Part of the success of the book is due to the essential topics covered, such knots, bait collecting, casting games, packing gear etc.  But it’s more the way these topics are presented that’s a winner.  For example page spreads on each important topic helps kids learn at their own pace.”

Hailey also wanted the book to be visual and in a language that anyone can understand...or in her words – “it’s for kids dad it needs to be fun and easy with lots of pictures”, he said. Also, kids can do many of the activities on their own before they even head off fishing, he said.

“The book is also getting kids off iPads and into healthy real life hands on stuff. The book also presents the popular species we can all hook into – such as bream, flathead and whiting in the salt water.  Then of course there’s  trout, redfin, and golden perch in the freshwater,” he said. “We are very proud of Hailey and all the families and people who have made this book possible.” 

The Narooma News has two copies of the books to giveaway, just email us a photo of a recent catch to stan.gorton@fairfaxmedia.com.au to be in the running.