Strong winds keep anglers inside

Fishing on the south coast has been somewhat slow over the past week with offshore seas unsuitable for game fishing sending anglers into the estuaries.

Jasper Dulhunty of Millingandi shows a magnificent dusky flathead caught in the shallows of Merimbula Lake and released alive and well.

Jasper Dulhunty of Millingandi shows a magnificent dusky flathead caught in the shallows of Merimbula Lake and released alive and well.

Although bad weather and COVID-19 restrictions have been curtailing fishing activities it didn't stop Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club members Dennis Maggs and John Moore from getting outside for a spot of snapper fishing off Tuross on Wednesday.

The men reported catching some nice snapper to 60cm with the star of the show being John Moore's 71cm beauty caught on a humble paternoster rig much to the envy of club member Les Waldock.

Best rigs are baited micro jigs, pink to reddish soft plastics or the humble paternoster with pilchard or prawn bait.

"Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club members John and Denise Thirtle continue to do very well fishing the local beaches around Narooma catching Australian salmon and tailor," Les said. "It's a great way to get outdoors and get some exercise."

Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club member Denise Thirtle with an Australian Salmon measuring just short of 60cm.

Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club member Denise Thirtle with an Australian Salmon measuring just short of 60cm.

Best time for Australian salmon and tailor is near the top of the run-in tide early morning and evening using a triple gang hook with pilchards or if you prefer to cast a 50gm blue coloured metal lure should work.

Humpback whales have been spotted from headlands up and down the coast with many more expected as they continue their southerly migration to Antarctica.

There have been reports of some nice blackfish being caught around Batemans Bay along with some good catches of dusky flathead.

Some gummy shark are still around at 22 fathoms with the best time on the change of the tide, anchored, using burley with Australian salmon a good bait.

Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club member John Moore with a great snapper caught off Tuross on Wednesday.

Narooma Sport and Gamefishing Club member John Moore with a great snapper caught off Tuross on Wednesday.

Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club spokesperson Chris Young said there were swarms of small trevally at the Merimbula Fishing Platform.

"The small trevally are great fun for our littlies learning to fish but they must be released on capture," he said.

There are also some nice calamari squid at the Merimbula wharf, try using reddish number three jigs.

Bream, dusky flathead and estuary perch are making an appearance in the Tuross and Moruya estuary systems with the best results from soft plastics, pumped nippers and pilchards.

Now is the time for some good drummer off headlands, but anglers are reminded to be careful of heavy seas. Try cunjevoi bait.

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