South Coast fishing report

Moruya River: Moruya continues to produce this week. Despite the winds and smoke, I managed to get out for a sneaky fish, getting back to my roots of walking the northern banks of the Moruya River with 1 rod and 1 packet of plastics chasing the ever present flathead. Starting at the hire boat shed just north of the Moruya bridge and walking the bank up towards the dirt boat ramp in front of Northbank, I managed to land a few flathead using 130mm soft plastics whilst dropping.

Tuross River: The jewfish seem to be marking their presence in the system at the moment with fish being caught to 120cm (yes, I did see photographic evidence as proof) in the deeper holes whilst looking for flathead. Live mullet are your best option here, but good quality Lund's Squid either whole or strip baits will also work.

Rock and Beach: Squid off the rocks have been around this week, giving both heads for bait and the tubes for a tasty feed. Try squid jigs in 2.5 and 3.0 size in colours of your choice. The usual pink, greens and oranges always seem to work for me. Salmon off the beach again have been quiet, with only the odd fish showing up.

Offshore: For those boats that have managed to get out this week, good catches of sand and tiger flathead in front of Tuross and snapper in 30-40m have been reported.

Snowy Mountains Trout - brought to us by Adam: Is it July or December? The way the weather has been some days are like winter all over again. The winds have not let up for months and there has been more snow falls in the Alpine areas. Welcome to summer in the Snowy Mountains. Summer is coming! I'll be honest in saying, at present I can only report on the depressing winds, drought and lake levels.

Lake levels: Lake Eucumbene - 30% and sitting steady; Lake Jindabyne - 82% and sitting steady; Tantangara Dam - 12% and dropping.

Tantangara Dam: Usually when the water is dropping here the Murrumbidgee river below Tantangara fires up. Prior to organising your next trip to Tantangara make sure you call the Snowy Hydro information centre to confirm access, with the 2.0 project access can be limited.

Trout streams in the Snowys: Keeping in mind a lot of the rivers are classed as "Blue Ribbon Streams"!! Blue ribbon waters are strictly fly and spin fishing only. "No Bait Fishing Permitted". Check the regulations for each location prior to planning your next adventure into the snowy's.

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