Winter bream seem to be on one everyone's mind at the moment. For those who don't know, the cooler months see the average size of bream caught increase. Down around the hole in the wall, good numbers of big bream have been found in the deeper sections. Live nippers, soft plastics and deeper running hard body lures will tempt a few of the real "blue nose" bream into biting. Jackson Artist FR70's with their slow sink profile allow you to get a good bream bite size lure right into the trick zones. Up around the holes in front of the hospital, good numbers of bream have also been encountered. The flathead are still present, but very lethargic. Lures or baits will have to be presented right on the flatties noses to get a reaction.
Again, the bream has been the main focus of fishos attention this week, with good catches reported around four ways, and further up towards the Bodalla bridge. Find the deeper water adjacent to flats to find the bream. They move onto the flats after dark for a feed in safety, and retreat to deep water during the day. Other areas to target big winter bream are the abundant oyster racks that the Tuross system is famous for. Try areas around Turlinjah, or any of the thousands of racks that are placed in the system, with shallow running suspending lures or flies for best chances. There are still mulloway being caught around the boat shed. Try and time your fishing activity around the tide changes. Big high tides after dark coincided with a full moon on Sunday night, these tides might be a good time to target the silver ghost!
Rock and beach
There are still salmon being caught on all the local beaches and the Moruya break wall. Pilchards on gang hook rigs, Arma metals and even casting soft plastics have been producing the goods. Whilst they haven't been super thick in the water, they have still been making an appearance. Some patience is required for them to turn up. Try adding a bit of burley to where you are fishing to help attract them to you. There are still good numbers of drummer and luderick coming from the local rock ledges, as are there snapper. Fresh caught, or quality squid baits are your best proposition when targeting big reds from the stones.
The snapper and flathead are still being caught on the inshore reefs and flats for the boat crews getting out. As usual, the magic 30-40m depth seems to be where most of the fish are holding. For the game crews, big blue fin tuna is the buzz on everyone's lips at the moment with fish in excess of 200kgs being caught this week. That's a lot of sushi!