The waterways have been very busy over Easter. The weather has been perfect and the fishing, even better!
Great reports of several extra large flathead caught and released fishing the sandbars around the bridge and also drifting the channels from quarry wharf down to preddy wharf. Both bait and soft plastics are doing the job. Anything from prawns to poddy mullet has all been working. The squidgies pro range of soft plastics in the fish and wriggler profile also.
Bream and Perch have been fishing very well around the bridge pylons with the lure of choice being the Daiwa double clutch in a baitfish color.
Cranka crabs! If you don't already have a few in your tackle tray you need to come in store and stock up. They are proven fish catchers and have been performing extremely well along the rockwall towards the front of the system.
Some big Salmon have been moving through the river mouth on an incoming tide and they are not very fussy. Most bait and lures have been catching a few.
Good size flathead and bream are being caught at the front of the boatshed on prawns and bluebait. The large style Cranka crab has been doing well along the rockwall just up from the boatshed with reports of 60 cm plus flathead falling victim.
Bream in the racks, both kyla park and horse island oyster racks are still fishing well on the surface using “walk the dog” style lures. Strada and sugarpens being the most popular.
Rocks and Beaches
This is where it's all happening at the moment. Big schools of Salmon and Tailor are hanging around in large numbers and sizes. Everything from poppers, metal slugs to pilchards have been catching plenty.
Some great snapper have been caught off the rocks around Pedro Point. South Broulee has proven to be the most popular spot at the moment. Bonito, salmon, tailor and squid all getting caught on a regular basis.
Reds are still hanging around in close off Pedro Point Moruya with reports of 4kg fish caught. Still the odd kingie getting around as well. Drifting just offshore from the break wall towards Broulee has been producing plenty of flathead also.
Marlin have been on the bite out off Bermagui with reports of both striped and blue's landed in good numbers using live baits. Make sure you have plenty of bait as the seals are thick and hungry.
The following report is provided by Josh from Tackle World Goulburn.
The fishing has been great in all parts of the dam. Cod are being caught in both rivers as well as the basin. Most fish are being caught using bait worms and yabbies. Boat fishos reported most fish are in the shallows 3-5mts max trolling smaller lures like Predatec 65 & Oargee Plows in 60mm. If you’re after the big cod, try using a lighter spinnerbait about 5/8 to 3/4oz and troll the shallows for a cruising fish. This Anzac day weekend looks fantastic looking forward to seeing you out there.
Bass have been found in other parts of the Dam. Harry Wilkes from Bundanoon reported 4 nice bass to 36cm up Pejar creek below the old church off St Stevens road. He was using a Rapala jointed shad and an Atomic shad 50 deep slow trolled over the weed edges in his Kayak. Bill Atkins landed two nice rainbows on the western side of the powerlines on fly using a hammels killer. If you’re heading out, Sunday & Monday (for the lucky few that don't have to work Monday) look the best days to have a crack.
The amount of redfin in the river & ponds amazes me. You can catch these fish in nearly any part without too much effort. Head to the river this weekend with the kids - if they are good at casting, some Fuze pink shrimp on a light jig head will bring quick results. If bait fishing is your only option, try using some Sherbet burst power bait on a suspending rig. If you have access to a kayak try casting the banks and overhangs with a Jackson Trout Tune the results will amaze you.
Tight Lines my friends and remember “everday’s a good day for fishing … “
Team Tackle World Moruya