Improving with every day that passes. With no notable rain falls this week, the river is starting to clear up. The upper sections around Yarragee are still running fairly fresh, with the water clear but very tannin stained. As the fresh run off eases up from the catchment, these sections will salt up again. This has the fish pushed down in the system. Under the bridge, good flathead can be found on a tide that peaks after dark. Estuary perch and the ever-present bream will also be found. Jackson Bottom Magic's, Berkeley pumpkin seed coloured Gulps and metal blades, can all account for their fair share of fish. Further down the system, schools of tailor have been seen busting up on schools of small bait fish. Small metals cast through the bust ups can be a way to tempt these fish. Good numbers of bream and flathead still continue to be caught in and around Preddy's wharf and the hole in the wall, while further down the system flathead can be found in the channels on a run out tide. While out in the tinny, it was amazing to see how quickly areas around Mogendoura and Yarragee are greening up after the fires. The up-side to all this fresh water is that the bass have made a comeback in the upper reaches of the river. Good catches and more than a few "smokings" have been reported. Shallow to mid diving hard body lures such as Atomic Cranks, Jackson Athletes, TT 1/8oz spinnerbaits, flies and soft plastics will all catch this enigmatic, hard-fighting native.
"On fire at the moment", was one angler's description of fishing in this system, provided you get the timing right! Good tailor, trevally, bream and flathead have all been reported busting up on prawn schools that have exploded in the system since the flush out. After sundown has been the time to get out and target these fish. All manner of techniques have been working, but if some live prawns can be caught, I'm pretty confident that a good time can be had. Up in the fresh, the bass should also be making a comeback.
Rock and beach
The Moruya wall has been "going off" to quote one of our regular anglers. With literally hundreds of tonnes of salmon on the coast at the moment, dozens of salmon per session have been landed by a few lucky anglers as well as some really good sized trevally being taken on whole pilchards. Surprisingly, at times, there have only been a few anglers on the wall enjoying the hot bite. If the wall gets crowded, the beaches also continue to produce good catches of salmon. The bream and whiting are also available in the close gutters on lighter gear. Expect the odd salmon to be tempted by the lighter presentations - hold on and enjoy the fight. The windsock has a really nice gutter also.
Inshore grounds have been producing good numbers of flathead and reef species in 30-40m of water, with the snapper holding out wider. We haven't heard from any game crews this week, so are unaware what has been happening wider out.