Heavy seas keep fisho's at bay

Recent heavy seas have seen a marked decrease in offshore angling with local boat ramps near empty.

Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club member Les Waldock said, fishing is a bit slow at the moment which is typical for this time of year.

"Reef fishing is definitely your best option if your are fishing in outside waters."

Some gummy shark remain around 22 fathoms off reefs with the best times at the change of the tide using Australian salmon as bait.

Ava Tatman aged 10 of Merimbula with a beautiful morwong taken on a pilchard bait, fishing outside at 30 metres.

Ava Tatman aged 10 of Merimbula with a beautiful morwong taken on a pilchard bait, fishing outside at 30 metres.

Now is a good time to catch drummer off headlands and a great way to exercise during the COVID-19 lockdown, however anglers are reminded to be careful of heavy seas. Suggested bait is cunjevoi.

Australian salmon and some good tailor are available from the beaches with the best times being the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening.

"Sand flathead are still reliable but a lot of small fish are mixed in with the legal ones," Les Waldock said.

"Cold water is in all the estuaries making for difficult fishing though there are some fast moving salmon and tailor still on offer, but you must find the bait schools for any success on these fast moving fish.

"Spring will no doubt offer warmer water, milder conditions and a lot more fish activity in the coming weeks," he said.

The Bermagui Bait and Tackle lads are saying it a great time to go snapper fishing on the shallow reef systems around Bermagui, Potato Point and Tuross Head.

There are several methods used to target snapper and choosing the best one depends on the water depth, current, wind, swell and time of day to name a few.

One way to catch snapper is by anchoring and setting out a burley and cube trail in 30 metres or less of water, however if conditions make anchoring difficult, drifting over the mark can also produce some good fish.

As from Wednesday, September 1, the zero bag limit for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch ceases in rivers below freshwater impoundments such as the Tuross and Moruya Rivers and these fish may be legally retained at two per day or only one over 35cm.


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